Communication Science and Disorders posters earn top awards at 2016 Sharing Days

Sharing Days poster blog
Pictured (left to right):
Photo 1: Denisha Campbell, Dr. Janet Farmer, Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale
Photo 2: Katherine Nielson, Dr. Janet Farmer, Abby Isabelle and Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale

Congratulations to Communication Science and Disorders faculty and students who received awards at the 2016 MU Health Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days awards ceremony on May 6.

Only 16 posters were named winners out of 283 total submissions and both CSD posters were awarded the SHP Dean’s Award for the MU Health Innovation and Improvement Sharing Days.

The two submissions were:

  • An Articulatory Kinematic Study of Loud Speech in ALS – Katherine Nielson, Abby Isabelle and Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale
  • Dual Tasking while Speaking: To Do or Not to Do? – Denisha Campbell and Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale

To view the posters, click here.

School of Health Professions confers 699 degrees and makes history

2016 shp commencement

On Saturday, May 14, the School of Health Professions (SHP) conferred 699 degrees during commencement exercises at Mizzou Arena.

History was made as the first class at SHP to receive a Bachelor of Health Science in Athletic Training, walked across the stage. The program received notification of its accreditation in April.

Dr. Garnett Stokes, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and guest speaker, Mary Sheid, a 1984 alumna of the Physical Therapy program at MU, each shared words of encouragement with the graduating class.

During his address, Dean Hagglund shared that graduates who received a Bachelor of Health Science in Health Science, the most popular major at MU, have a 92% job placement rate.

Congratulations to the School of Health Professions Class of 2016!

To view photos from graduation, click here.


Goodman Named Interim Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Judith Goodman, PhD, has been named Interim Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health Professions. Dr. Goodman is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders and she will retain those roles during her service as Interim Associate Dean.

As Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Goodman will be responsible for managing the office of research team, providing mentoring for research faculty, ensuring regular and effective communication and promotion of SHP research, and providing oversight for SHP internal funding initiatives.

“Dr. Goodman understands the resources and support faculty need to be successful with their research projects and agendas,” Dean Kristofer Hagglund said. “She will be a tremendous advocate for the SHP research faculty, and has the leadership we need to keep the positive momentum of our scholarship trajectory.”

Dr. Goodman’s department is home to  seven faculty-run research labs, including her own. “Being a part of the career development of outstanding scholars has been a privilege,” Goodman said. “I look forward to the opportunity to partner with faculty throughout the school and across campus to SHP’s tremendous growth in research and scholarship.”

Dr. Goodman has been a member of the SHP faculty since 1995. Her current research projects are concerned with the cognitive mechanisms that underlie vocabulary and grammar acquisition, the role of parental input in vocabulary acquisition, the relationship between learning in different language domains, and the development of conversation. She also continues to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses and was recently recognized with MU’s Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award. In previous years she was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor award and the Gold Chalk Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Goodman is also a former winner of SHP’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

McCrae Named SHP Senior Scientist

Dr. Christina McCrae, currently professor and Chair of the Department of Health Psychology, will be moving from that role to begin her appointment as SHP Senior Scientist, effective May 1, 2016. In her new role, McCrae will focus on building interdisciplinary collaborative research programs between the School of Health Professions and other major research units at MU, including the School of Medicine, the College of Education, the Department of Psychological Sciences and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She will also lead other scholarly projects that will enhance the mission of SHP, and will continue to pursue her own robust research program, which includes the potential for a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Clinic in collaboration with the Department of Neurology.

McCrae said, “I’m excited for the opportunity to focus on research, and be a resource for other faculty as they work to establish successful research programs with external and federal funding.”

“Dr. McCrae has a strong research background, and her experience and success as a research scientist make her ideally suited for this role,” Dean Hagglund said. “Her mentorship in the areas of multi-disciplinary collaboration and external funding will be an asset to faculty in our school and across campus.”

Kahng Named Chair for Department of Health Psychology

SungWoo Kahng, PhD, BCBA-D, currently Associate Professor in the Department of Health Psychology, has accepted the offer to serve as Department Chair, effective immediately.

Dr. Kahng has been a member of the SHP faculty for nearly two years, during which time he has maintained an active program of research and clinical responsibilities at the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. In addition he was the principal author of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis proposal, which was recently approved by the university.

Dean Kristofer Hagglund said, “Dr. Kahng possesses a wealth of experience in all three critical areas of the mission of the Department of Health Psychology: teaching, research and clinical service. As Chair, he will be working with the faculty and staff of the department to further integrate their work toward these missions and accelerate the growth and success of the department.”

“In my two years at Mizzou, I’ve seen the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff, not just in our department, but in SHP and across campus,” Kahng said. “I look forward to the opportunity to support the work of these excellent educators, researchers and clinicians, and to helping build new and innovative collaborations.”

Prior to coming to Mizzou, Dr. Kahng was at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. His research focuses on behavioral assessment and treatment of severe problem behaviors, such as self-injury and aggression, exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. Kahng has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journals articles and 10 book chapters. He is an associate editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and on the board of editors of Behavioral Intervention. Additionally, he has given nearly 50 lectures, workshops and invited presentations.

MU occupational therapy assistant professor awarded grant for research that blends gaming and post-stroke rehabilitation


Casey Adams, 573-882-0266,

Columbia, Mo. (May 11, 2016) – Dr. Rachel Proffitt, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the MU School of Health Professions, received a KL2 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.

The award will support her career development through mentored training, clinical research, and seminars.

With a background as an occupational therapist in the area of gaming, Rachel will develop and test virtual reality-based interventions for rehabilitation. After an assessment tool collects initial data, it will be integrated within a current gaming software that is being used. Various forms of a patient’s movement will be assessed to gauge what components need to be incorporated to give the most ideal outcomes.

“Many adults with stroke experience deficits in movement and cognition, even after receiving rehabilitation services,” said Rachel. “My ultimate goal is to create an interactive technology that will provide an incentive for post-stroke patients to be more active. In doing so, the risk of them having a second stroke is reduced.”

The project is expected to continue through 2019.

Proffitt is one of four scientists at the University of Missouri to receive this award and the only occupational therapist. The award is being offered as part of a joint partnership between the CTSA at MU and the ICTS at Washington University in St. Louis. Her long-term career objective is to be an independent investigator leading an interdisciplinary research lab that develops and tests the efficacy and clinical effectiveness of cutting edge virtual reality-based interventions for rehabilitation.

Her primary and secondary mentors are Dr. Marjorie Skubic, professor of electrical & computer engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Dr. Carolyn Baum, professor of occupational therapy, neurology, and social work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

The MU School of Health Professions
(SHP) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the only school of its kind in Missouri to be located on a health sciences campus. Health professions account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce and represent more than half of the fastest growing occupations in the country according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. With programs in rehabilitation, diagnostic and imaging sciences, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care.                    


MU occupational therapy chair and professor awarded $1.6 million for post-stroke research


Casey Adams, (573) 882-0266,

Columbia, Mo. (May 11, 2016) – Dr. Timothy Wolf, chair and associate professor of occupational therapy at the MU School of Health Professions, was awarded a $1.6 million fast-track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institutes of Health.

Titled “Better Living After Stroke through Technology (BLAST)”, the grant will support research efforts to develop and evaluate an internet-based technology platform, BLAST, that will help individuals living in the community following stroke and their caregivers improve their quality of life and participation.

“We noticed that post-stroke patients go to rehab, but once they are no longer receiving services they still have unmet needs to help them learn how to live with a stroke out in the community, said Tim Wolf. “Our hopes are to use assessment tools to identify areas that are difficult for patients to manage daily living tasks after stroke and provide resources and community support to help them.”

Wolf will serve as co-principal investigator and collaborate with co-principal investigator, Dershung Yang, PhD, president of BrightOutcome, Incorporated and co-investigator, Carolyn Baum, PhD, professor and chair of occupational therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

BLAST is an academic-industry partnership. BrightOutcome, Inc. will design the innovative technology product that will be available to market and Wolf, along with Baum, will evaluate it and make recommendations.

The project is expected to continue through September 2018.


The MU School of Health Professions (SHP) is the University of Missouri system’s only school of health professions and the only school of its kind in Missouri to be located on a health sciences campus. Health professions account for more than 60 percent of the total U.S. health care workforce and represent more than half of the fastest growing occupations in the country according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. With programs in rehabilitation, diagnostic and imaging sciences, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care.



2016 Touchstone Society

2016 Touchstone Society

Congratulations to the 2016 Touchstone Society Members!

The Touchstone Society is the School of Health Professions’ giving society for donors who gift $1,000 or more annually. These supporters have consistently invested in SHP through a diverse range of gifts.

To view photos of the Spring 2016 Touchstone Society event, click here.

SHP is incredibly thankful for the following members of the Touchstone Society:

2016 Touchstone Society Annual Members

Dr. Jamie Arndt and Dr. Stephanie A. Reid-Ardnt
Mr. Scott Braudis
Dr. Marybeth Brown and Dr. Eileen Hasser
Mr. Bruce Bundy
Mrs. Stacey Campbell
Mr. Michael Carr
Mr. David Clithero
Mr. William E. Dierks
Dr. Janet and Dr. John Farmer
Mrs. Rita Fenske Gibson
Mr. D. Scott Fritz and Dana Rissler Fritz, Ph.D.
Ms. Deborah Louise Gerhart
Judith C. Goodman, Ph.D.
Debbie Glover and Gene Perry
Mrs. Nancy S. Graff
Mr. Timothy A. Hausman and Dr. Stacy Wagovich
Mr. Moses M. Hdeib
Kara M. LeFevre, M.D.
Missouri Rehabilitation Center
Oliver, Carol, Barbara
Arthur E. Rikli Trust
Sanford Brown College
Ms. Mary Sebacher
Ms. Mary Hass Sheid
Stafford Family Charitable Trust

Touchstone Society Sustaining Level
Mrs. Carla and Mr. Arthur Allen
Boone Hospital Center
Mr. Bobby and Mrs. Angel Campbell
Mrs. Nancy and Mr. Elton Fay
Mr. John Griffith
Ms. Rose Hayden and Ms. Meichele Foster
Health South Corporation
Heart of Missouri United Way, Inc.
Dr. Rosemary and Dr. Timothy Hogan
Ms. Greta and Mr. Kim Hull
Kinred Healthcare
Mrs. Betty Landers
Dr. Laura Schopp and Dr. William Lamberson
Orfalea Family Foundation
Sinquefield Charitable Foundation
Dr. Lara and Dr. Mark Wakefield
The Word Church

Touchstone Society Ambassador Level
Mrs. Tara and Mr. Gregory Boehne
Dr. Teresa and Mr. Richard Briedwell
Mrs. Sandra and Mr. Scott Brower, R.PH., B.C.N.P.
Mr. Leonard C. Bush, BHS, CT(ASCP)
Columbia Valley Scottish Rite
David Cravens, M.D.
Mrs. Becky and Dr. John Hagan, III
Dr. Kristofer and Ms. Lori Hagglund
Dr. Marilyn and Mr. Charles Thomas Hargrove
Kermack-Parker Trust Fund
Mr. Jack and Mrs. Deborah Lay
Mrs. Janie and Mr. Phillip Magruder
Ms. Sean Maloney
Dr. William and Mrs. Barbara McHugh
Mid America Isotopes
Mrs. Judith Miller
Dr. Marian Minor
Ms. Gerti and Mr. Peter Motavalli
Dr. Richard and Mrs. Carol Oliver
Olivet Christian Church
Dr. Shirley Patterson
Dr. Joan Quilling
Dr. P. Kevin and Mrs. Kathleen Rudeen
Mr. Rex and Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield
St. Thomas More Newman Center
Dr. William and Mrs. Jo Ann Trogdon

For more information about Touchstone Society or other opportunities to support SHP, please contact Leigh Anne Haun at or (573) 884-0101.

SHP hosts its annual Awards Luncheon


On May 6, 2016, MU’s School of Health Professions held its annual Awards Luncheon ceremony to honor and celebrate recipients of notable scholarships and awards.

These outstanding individuals were selected by students, faculty, peers, supervisors and friends outside the school for their dedication, passion and commitment to helping SHP achieve its mission of improving the health and well-being of others.

Congratulations to the award recipients for 2016!

To view photos from the Awards Luncheon, click here.

The following scholarship awards were specifically funded by individuals and organizations based on an aspect of health professions education that they value:

  • Lois Long Scholarship: Sarah Khoo
  • Missouri Hospital Association Scholarship: Amanda Wheeler and Rebecca Tungate
  • Western States Pathologists Association Scholarship: Nicole Estopare
  • Mary Sebacher Scholarship: T.J. Sapko
  • BRACCO Outstanding Student Award: Caleb Minor
  • Bemes Respiratory and Critical Care Leadership Award: Joseph Kowalczyk
  • Mallinckrodt Award of Excellence: Trinity Thomas
  • Shirley Patterson/Eva Trumbower Missouri Speech Hearing Association (MSHA) Travel Award: Alysia Carey, Kara Kinney and Emily Glandon
  • Stacey Bragg Award: Tabitha Killen and Karie Butler
  • Christopher Griffith Scholarship: Katie Chae and Ashton Stubbs
  • Richard E. and Carol B. Oliver Scholarship: Michael Kelly
  • Campus Dining Services Scholarship Recipients: Bailey Dent
  • MU Undergraduate Research Travel Award: Anna Guilkey, Kayla Symonds


The SHP Alumni Organization (SHPAO) Board of Directors honored the following outstanding individuals for their accomplishments, demonstrated commitment to SHP and service to others:

  • Outstanding Alumni Award: Brandy Clark McCool
  • Undergraduate Student Engagement Award: Evan Culbert
  • Graduate Student Engagement Award: Kristi Lemenager
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award: Shanna Alexander
  • Undergraduate Student Award: Clair Visconti
  • Graduate Student Award: Allison Seck


The following faculty and students have been recognized by state and national associations for their accomplishments in teaching, research and service:

  • American Public Health Association (APHA) 2015 College-Based Leadership Award: Jenna Wintemberg
  • APHA Best Health Materials Award: Dr. Michelle Teti
  • APHA Young Professional Award: Dr. Nancy Cheak-Zamora
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Advancing Academic Research Careers Award: Dr. Milli Kuruvilla
  • Fulbright Fellowship’s Visiting Research Chair in the Person and Society: Dr. Allison Kabel
  • National Extension Associates of Family & Consumer Sciences’ National Marketing Package Award: Dr. Molly Vetter-Smith
  • Music Teachers’ National Association 2016 Article of the Year Award: Dr. Brad Willis
  • Missouri Physical Therapy Association 2016 Award for Service: Jeff Krug
  • Saint Louis University Florence Kendall Award: Dr. Teresa Briedwell
  • University of Missouri National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter: Gold Honors from NSSLHA National Office


The following members of the SHP family have been honored by the Mizzou community:

  • Tap Day inductees: Evan Duft (Mortar Board), Whitney Kwamin (Mortar Board), Amanda Mocarski (Omicron Delta Kappa)
  • Excellence in Advising Award: Jill Diener
  • Administrative Leadership Development Program: Ying-Hsiu Liu
  • Writing Intensive Teaching Excellence Award: Dr. Judith Goodman
  • MU Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year: Stacy Wagovich
  • Gold Chalk Award: Dr. Evan Prost
  • Mick Deaver Award: Beverly Denbigh
  • Top Faculty Achiever Award: Dr. Beth Kelley
  • MU Award for Academic Distinction: Abby Isabelle, Clair Custer and Gabby Heckman
  • Award-Winning Faculty Lecturer: Dr. Deb Hume


The following individuals were recognized for having achieved excellence in teaching, study, research, clinical service, community service or other outstanding character:

  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Excellence in Ultrasound Award: Emily Luckenbill (Graduate), Sara Untiedt (Undergraduate)
  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Scholastic Award: Emily Luckenbill (Graduate), Shiloh Sutton (Undergraduate)
  • Raymond E. Hogue Founders Scholarship: Louis Davis
  • Judy Kleiboecker Frieders Scholarship: Trey Ayala
  • Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Outstanding Student Award: Kara Kinney, Rebecca Harris (Graduates); Abby Isabelle (Undergraduate)
  • Athletic Training Program’s Oliver J. DeVictor Award for Excellence in Scholastic Achievement: Alex Flanagin
  • Fred Wappel Most Outstanding Student in Athletic Training Award: Zach Wright
  • Dr. James M. Baker Award: Matt Pretet
  • Dr. Glenn L. McElroy Award: Jennifer Woods
  • Rex L. Sharp, Rookie of the Year Award: Delaney Lebedun
  • SHP Diversity Award: Breanna Carter, Jessica Le, Jordan Hemaya, Keith Kimbrough, and Whitney Kwamin
  • Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences’ Oliver Award for Clinical Excellence: Mackenzie McGrath, Sadie Wilhite, Jamie Noller (Undergraduates); Emily Luckenbill (Graduate)
  • Department of Communication Science and Disorders Outstanding Preschool Clinician: Margaret Wendell and Michelle Stein
  • Department of Communication Science and Disorders Outstanding Accent Modification and Pronunciation Program Clinician Award: Lauren Cummins and Anna Guilkey
  • Department of Communication Science and Disorders Outstanding Graduate Student Clinical Achievement Award: Loren Littrel and Catherine Bean
  • Respiratory Therapy James Whitacre Compassionate Care Award: Kacie Creswell
  • Briedwell Spirit of Compassion Scholarship: Jordan McKinney and Sallie Lindsey
  • Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Spirit of Achievement Award: Madlyn Cottrell (Undergraduate), Rebecca Brocksmith (Graduate)
  • Respiratory Therapy Program Director’s Award for Community Service: Kaylin Hicks
  • Marilyn Sanford Hargrove Scholarship: Alyssa Gerke
  • SHP Service Scholarship: Ciara Schlotzhauer and Nicole Estopare
  • Kristofer and Lori Hagglund Early Career Award: Dr. Teresa Briedwell
  • SHP Early Career Excellence in Education Award: Dr. Botswana Blackburn
  • SHP Excellence in Education Award: Dr. Kathy Moss and Dr. Evan Prost
  • Lewis and Clark Discovery Award: Dr. Nancy Cheak-Zamora
  • Lewis & Clark Discovery Award for Excellence: Dr. Christina McCrae
  • SHP Excellence in Clinical Service Award: Dr. Eric Hart
  • Dean’s Service Award: Bethany Kendrick
  • SHP Undergraduate Research Award: Bryant Bender
  • SHP Faculty Engagement Award: Dr. Wilson Majee
  • SHP Bridge Builder Award: Emily Mahler
  • SHP Inclusive Excellence Award: Dr. Kristin Flynn-Peters


Note: The awards recognized at the luncheon are not a complete picture of the accolades won by SHP students, faculty and staff or all of the supporters who make these awards possible.

Frieders Scholarship Receives Donation from Physical Therapy Alumnus

Bill Dierks, a 1976 SHP graduate of the Physical Therapy program, has donated to the Judy Kleiboecker Frieders scholarship. When Dierks was a student in PT, he was a recipient of the very same scholarship.

Judy Kleiboecker Frieders graduated from MU’s physical therapy program in June 1968 and passed away the following September. Her family established the scholarship in her honor, and each year physical therapy students are chosen by their classmates to receive this monetary award.

Dierks said he contributed to the Frieders scholarship to give back to the program and give another student the same opportunity he had.

“I received a good education,” Dierks said. “And I’m just proud of the institution.”

Dierks’ interest in becoming a physical therapist stemmed from receiving physical therapy himself after an accident damaged his right arm. After graduation, Dierks began working at Barnes Jewish Hospital and then opened a private practice in Joplin, where he worked for 20 years.


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