PSHA Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, March 29 – 6:30 pm–7:30 pm (.1 CEU)
This meeting provides an excellent forum for
you to address your concerns on issues that
affect your state association and profession.
If you miss the Town Hall Meeting, you will have another
opportunity to provide your thoughts and suggestions at the
Annual Business Meeting on Friday at 7:45 am.
Professional Roundtable Discussions
Wednesday, March 29 – 7:45 pm–8:45 pm (.1 CEU)
These discussions will provide an opportunity for professionals to
engage in dynamic roundtables to discuss important workplace
issues with colleagues from across the state. We will have several
roundtables to choose from including: early intervention, school
setting, acute/rehab setting, skilled nursing facility/home health,
higher education and audiology. Each discussion will have a facilitator
to encourage discussion points. It will be a great opportunity to share
best practices, concerns and questions with colleagues in similar
I hope you have March 29-April 1, 2017, marked on your calendars as
I know you will want to attend the 2017 PSHA Convention at the
Hilton Harrisburg! The venue is great and the Convention Planning
Committee has been working diligently to ensure a variety of highquality
presentations. As usual, we will be doing block scheduling
so that each morning and afternoon, you will have the opportunity
to attend a three-hour short course or multiple 90-minute seminars.
Two poster sessions and technical sessions on Thursday will allow
you to maximize continuing education hours as well. Dr. Samuel
Trychin will be our Keynote Speaker at the Annual Awards Luncheon
this year. Dr. Trychin has been working with people who have hearing
loss and their communication partners for the past 30 years. In
addition, he has bilateral hearing loss and has been wearing hearing
aids for the past 50 years. He will share his personal and professional
perspectives during his address.
As with past Conventions, I hope this scheduling format will
continue to give you the opportunity to attend several great short
courses, seminars, technical sessions and poster presentations,
while minimizing session and topic overlap and scheduling conflicts.
We have the Town Hall Meeting and Professional Roundtables
planned for Wednesday evening, so you can get a jump-start on your
Our invited speakers will be presenting multiple sessions throughout
the Convention and all are well-known presenters and researchers in
their areas of expertise. Dr. Martha Burns will be presenting a total
of four different short courses throughout Thursday and Friday. On
Thursday, Anita Wasileski and Barbara Pizzoli will present a great
student-focused session on Barbara’s personal story of living with
aphasia. In addition to his Keynote address on Friday, Dr. Samuel
Trychin will also present two sessions related to hearing loss. Dr.
Juliann Woods will present two early-intervention focused short
courses on Friday. Saturday includes a short course presentation
by Ms. Mary Casper on ethics and dysphagia and a short course
presentation focusing on clinical supervision by Dr. Elaine Mormer
and Dr. Cheryl Messick. I know all of these will be great sessions!
I am also very pleased to announce that we had a huge response to
the Call for Papers this year! We actually had more submissions than
space again this year so we have changed some session formats
to schedule as many of the great presentations as we could. I think
that the wide range of topics will be of interest to many of you and
help us all with our mission to Serve, Lead, Inspire. Look for more
information on the PSHA website, www.psha.org. I hope to see you
at the 2017 Convention!
Mary Beth Mason-Baughman, PhD, CCC-SLP
VP for Convention Planning and Program
2017 PSHA Convention Planning Committee
Program Chair-Adult Track – Sarah E. Wallace, Pam Smith
Program Chair-Pediatric Track – Erin E.G. Lundblom, Jane Puhlman
Program Chair-Audiology Track – Susan Snyder
Program Chair-Multi-Interest Track - Robert Serianni (University Topics),
Andy Lander (Health Care Topics),
Emily Katzaman (Schools Topics)
Program Chair-AAC Track – Bruce Wisenburn, Skye Raupp
Local Arrangements Chair – Mary Fran Buczynski
Program Chair-Student Track – Kalli Clement
CE Consultant - Anne Gilbertson
Members at Large - Nannette Crawford,
Back to top.
Jennifer A. Brown, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education at the University of Georgia. She is also a research associate with the Communication and Early Childhood Research and Practice Center at Florida State University and affiliate faculty with the Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research and the Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation at the University of Georgia. Dr. Brown is a member of the Bridging the Word Gap national research network. She is a clinically certified speech-language pathologist and has provided early childhood services to young children with and at-risk for disabilities and their families in a variety of settings. Her research is focused on improving communication outcomes for children in natural environments (i.e., home, school, community) through collaborative practices. To do this, she examines (a) parent-implemented communication interventions for young children with developmental disorders, including ASD; (b) interventions that support the connection between oral language and literacy in preschool and elementary classrooms; and (c) the processes, professional development, and implementation of evidence-based practices within early intervention, preschool, and school settings.
Dr. Brown will present Coaching Caregivers of Toddlers With
ASD in the Natural Environment on Friday at 8:30
am as well as Engaging Caregivers in Early Intervention Home
Visiting on Friday at 2:00 pm.
Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, has
been a practicing speech-language pathologist in
the Chicago area for more than 40 years working
with both children and adults. She serves on the
faculty of Northwestern University, Department of
Communication Sciences and Disorders, and has
been a consultant to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 35
years. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-
Hearing Association and has received honors from Northwestern
University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech-
Language-Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University. Dr. Burns
is a consultant at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and many
school districts around the world.
Dr. Burns will present Neuroscience Update for K-12 Students
With Language and Reading Problems on Thursday at 8:00 am; The Effects of Poverty on Language and
Cognitive Development on Thursday at 12:30 pm; Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Causation Research and
Evidenced-Based Interventions on Friday at 8:30
am; and Assessment and Treatment of Cognitive Disorders in
Children and Adults on Friday 31 at 2:00 pm.
Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, is currently the
corporate rehabilitation consultant for speech
pathology with HCR ManorCare. In her more than
25 years in the profession, Ms. Casper has focused
clinically in swallowing disorders in the geriatric
population and communication intervention for
individuals with dementia. Ms. Casper served as coordinator of
ASHA’s Special Interest Group 15 (Gerontology) from 2008-2013,
was the ASHA Convention swallowing program topic chair for 2013
and 2014, and the business, management, ethics and professional
issues topic chair for 2015 and 2016. She will co-chair the ASHA
Convention in 2017. She represents the Maryland Speech-Language-
Hearing Association as the State Advocates for Medicare Policy
Ms. Casper will present Moving Beyond Aspiration: Dysphagia
Considerations at End of Life on Saturday at 9:45 am.
Cheryl Messick, PhD, CCC-SLP is the director
of clinical education in the Department of
Communication Science and Disorders at the
University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Messick was a faculty
member of LEND Pittsburgh, a maternal and infant
health funded grant focusing on leadership training
that incorporates family-centered, multidisciplinary services for
children with developmental disabilities. Through LEND, Dr. Messick
worked with the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Disability
Services to increase adjudicator understanding of speech-language
disorders. She has served on the executive board of the Council
of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders
(CAPCSD) and is an ASHA Fellow.
Elaine Mormer, PhD, CCC-A, is the audiology
clinical education coordinator in the Department
of Communication Science and Disorders at the
University of Pittsburgh. She teaches undergraduate
and graduate audiology courses and serves as a clinical
educator for audiology students. Her research interests
focus on evidence-based clinical education practices and the effects
of hearing loss on older hospitalized patients. Dr. Mormer currently serves on the Council of Academic Programs in Communication
Science and Disorders (CAPCSD), Clinical Education Resource Task
Force. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association (ASHA) standing committee on clinical research practice,
implementation science and evidence-based practice.
Dr. Messick and Dr. Mormer will present YIKES! Addressing
Challenges in Clinical Teaching on Saturday at 9:45 am.
Samuel Trychin, PhD, has been working with people
who have hearing loss and their communication
partners for the past 30 years. He is currently a
member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory
Council for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
and is the Rehabilitation Advisor for the Hearing Loss
Association of America (HLAA). Dr. Trychin has bilateral hearing loss
and has been wearing hearing aids for the past 50 years.
Dr. Trychin will present Living With Hearing Loss: Managing
Oneself: Learning and Practicing Emotional Regulation on Friday at 8:30 am. He will also present the Keynote
Address entitled, The Personal Challenges and Rewards of
Hearing Loss at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday at 12:00
pm. Finally, he will present Living With Hearing Loss: Managing
Communication Situations on Friday at 2:00 pm..
Barbara Pizzoli, BSN, has 10 years of
experience recovering from aphasia. She
has presented her story to countless
graduate and undergraduate students in
the last 10 years.
Anita Wasileski, MS, CCC-SLP, is a
graduate clinical supervisor in the speech and language clinic at
Bloomsburg University. She also teaches undergraduate courses
in clinical observation and has mentored more than 300 graduate
students in the last 10 years.
Ms. Pizzoli and Ms. Wasileski will present A Decade of Aphasia: A
Personal Journey of Recovery on Thursday at 10:00 am.
The Hilton Harrisburg is the site of the 2017 PSHA Convention.
Room rates are $139 per night. This rate is available until March 8, 2017, or until the room block sells out, whichever occurs first.
Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-HILTONS and use the group code: PSHA3.
Or reservations can be made online.
Continuing Education and Disclosures for the PSHA Convention
This program is offered for up to 2.25 CEUs (Various levels; Professional area).
ACT 48 Hours
PSHA is an approved provider by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to sponsor Continuing Education programs as required by ACT 48. This program is offered for 22.5 clock hours. Individuals attending the program must arrived on time and stay the duration of the program in order to receive ACT 48 Professional Education hours.
Presenter disclosure information will be available February 2017.
A Record-Keeping Process for Everyone!
e-file your continuing education hours for ASHA, AAA or just for PSHA record-keeping using the new e-file system.
It’s Fast, Easy and Electronic, Saving You Time!
No more standing in line to turn in your CE Records! You will be able to enter your session attendance information into the NEW e-file system at your convenience. Yes, that means you can update your on-line CE record after each session, at the end of a day or from the comfort of your couch after the Convention. Access to your on-line CE record is unlimited until you select “I’m Done-Submit” and generate your Certificate of Attendance.
Deadline to report your hours earned is April 15, 2017.
Detailed instructions on how to submit your CEUs on-line will be provided at Convention in your On-Site Program.
Back to top.
Student Reception and Praxis Bowl: Show Your School Spirit!
Sponsored by EBS
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday marks Spirit Day at the Convention! Support your
University or Alma Mater and come dressed in your University
apparel for Spirit Day! Have fun and network with students and
professionals from your university by stopping by our Spirit Day
events! The Spirit Day Meet and Greet will be held at 6:30 pm.
Join us to network with current students, alumni and professors of
Pennsylvania universities. Come by your university’s table to show
your school spirit! The Spirit Day Praxis Bowl will be held during
the reception and is free to all registered Convention attendees.
Each university will have the opportunity to compete in this gameshow
competition. Cheer on your team and see which university
will be recognized as the 2017 Praxis Bowl Champions!
Student Drive: Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania
Of the 1.4 million who sustain
a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
each year in the United States,
50,000 die. Direct medical
costs and indirect costs such as
lost productivity of TBI totaled
an estimated $60 billion in the
United States in 1995. TBI can cause a wide range of functional
changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior
and/or sensation. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk
for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease
and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.
According to one study, about 40 percent of those hospitalized
with a TBI had at least one unmet need for services one year
after their injury. The most frequent unmet needs were improving
memory and problem solving; managing stress and emotional
upsets; controlling one’s temper and improving one’s job skills.
The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania is committed to
preventing brain injury and improving the quality of life for people
who have experienced brain injury and their family members through
support, education, advocacy and research. This year, the Student
Drive is excited to raise funds for the Brain Injury Association of
Pennsylvania to help support those with the lifelong effects of brain
injuries. We are asking that each Pennsylvania university NSSLHA
chapter raise money to support this foundation through different
fundraisers! The PSHA Convention is not until April, so there is still
time to generate ideas and begin fundraising! The university that
raises the most funds will be recognized at the Student Reception.
For more information, please visit the Brain Injury Association of
Pennsylvania website at http://www.biapa.org/.