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2015 PSHA Convention!

March 25-28, 2015
Harrisburg, PA


Submit your Call for Paper - Deadline is September 11, 2014.

The 2015 PSHA Convention will be held in Harrisburg from March 25-28, 2015, and planning is already well underway. The theme of the upcoming convention is Advocating for Communication Competence in the Keystone State as a nod to the client/family advocacy that we do and to the professional advocacy that we have done and continue to do for the new licensure legislation.
The Planning Committee is in the process of inviting speakers. We already have some great speakers, renowned professionals from Pennsylvania and across the United States, confirmed in the areas of dysphagia, childhood apraxia of speech, aphasia, TBI and hearing loss. We are currently pursuing some great speakers in the areas of AAC, dementia and articulation.

There will not be a Pre-Convention Seminar this year, but we promise to have great presentations for you on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We are also working on the logistics of having some roundtable discussions on Wednesday evening that will count as CEUs at no additional cost. We are also planning to have a speaker at the Friday Annual Awards Luncheon, which will count as an hour of continuing education credit as well.

If you have exciting research or innovative clinical practice methods, you should definitely consider submitting a Call for Papers proposal online at I know we are all doing great work and shaping the communication, swallowing and hearing abilities of those we serve. Content for presentations should be evidenced-based and at the intermediate or advanced professional level, unless you are a student or presenting a seminar geared for students. We are also going to offer 30-minute technical sessions on Friday in addition to poster sessions on Thursday. This is a great opportunity to share research findings in a format other than a poster or longer seminar.

Remember to email me at with any Convention planning suggestions or questions. I look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Convention!

Mary Beth Mason-Baughman
Mary Beth Mason-Baughman, PhD, CCC-SLP
VP for Convention Planning and Program

Featured Presenters

Lori Burkhead Morgan, PhD, CCC-SLP, will present two, three-hour short courses on assessment and treatment of dysphagia with an emphasis on exercise physiology principles.

Sue Caspari, MA, CCC-SLP, will present two, three-hour short courses focusing on assessment and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech.

LaVae Hoffman, PhD, CCC-SLP,
 will present two, three-hour short courses on comprehensive assessment in school settings and linking language disorders to academic performance and educational impact.

Erin Lundblom, PhD, CCC-SLP,
 will present a session on classroom collaboration and consultation.

John McCarthy, PhD, CCC-SLP
, will present a three-hour short course on AAC intervention with children.

Scott Rubin, PhD,
will present a three-hour short course on aphasia and a 90-minute seminar on traumatic brain injury in the adult population.

Janet Schreck, PhD, CCC-SLP,
 will present a three-hour short course and a 90-minute seminar on gerontology-related issues.

Leon "Jigger" Sirois
is our Keynote Speaker at the Friday Annual Awards Luncheon where he will present My History of Stuttering. Leon will share his story about his life as a stutterer and how grateful he is for having a speech-language pathologist to help him on his journey. This presentation is truly motivational -- not one you will want to miss!

Sheila Pratt, PhD,
 will present two audiology-related short courses with a focus on assessing hearing in blast-exposed veterans.

Hilton Harrisburg

The Hilton Harrisburg is the site of this year’s Convention. PSHA has obtained a special group rate of $129.

This rate will only be honored by the Hilton Harrisburg until March 4, 2015. Please make your reservations early.

Reservations may be made on line or by calling the Hilton:


Phone: 717-233-6000.

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