Language Bar

Audiology 2018: Central Auditory Processing Disorders

October 10–22, 2018 | Online Conference

Conference Faculty

Laurie Alban Havens, MA, CCC-SLP, joined the ASHA staff in October 2010 as director of private health plans and Medicaid advocacy. She has experience both as a reimbursement and coverage expert and as an SLP. Most recently, she was corporate compliance officer for a rehabilitation and skilled nursing home system. Prior to that she was a project manager for a corporation specializing in national Medicare and Medicaid consultation, a project coordinator for CMS, a manager for clinical and reimbursement regulations for a rehabilitation contractor, a skilled nursing home administrator, and a school-based SLP.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Director of Private Health Plans and Medicaid Advocacy for ASHA

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member 

Samira Anderson, PhD, CCC-A, is an assistant professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the University of Maryland. After practicing as a clinical audiologist for 26 years, she decided to pursue a doctorate in auditory neuroscience at Northwestern University to better understand the hearing difficulties experienced by her patients. She obtained her PhD in December 2012 and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland in 2013. Anderson's research focuses on the effects of development, aging, and hearing loss on central auditory processing and neuroplasticity using electrophysiology as her primary assessment tool. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Assistant professor at the University of Maryland
  • Grant funding from National Institutes of Health: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and National Institute on Aging
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Doris-Eva Bamiou, MD, PhD, FRCP, is a professor in neuroaudiology at the University College London (UCL) Ear Institute and consultant in audiovestibular medicine at UCLH and Great Ormond Street Hospitals. Her PhD is on auditory processing in patients with structural brain lesions. She received the Pat Jobson Prize of the British Association of Audiological Physicians (2002) and the Edith Whetnall prize of the Royal Society of Medicine (2012) for promoting the field of APD. She is the director and organizer of the APD advanced masterclass (UCL), programme co-director of the MSc in audiovestibular medicine (UCL), and editor of the eBrain Neuro-Otology section. Her research interests include clinical APD syndromes in normal subjects and after stroke, auditory treatment and rehabilitation for APD, interaction of cognition with audition and vestibular function, and customized balance rehabilitation.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Professor in neuroaudiology at the UCL Ear Institute 
  • Coordinator for a H2020 project funded by OTICON
  • Research support from PHONAK
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Gail D. Chermak, PhD, CCC-A, is a professor of audiology and chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, at Washington State University Health Sciences in Spokane. An internationally recognized authority on central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), she has authored or edited six books; published 135 papers, book chapters, and monographs; and presented more than 200 peer reviewed and invited lectures, seminars, and posters at national and international professional and scientific conferences. Her two-volume Handbook of Central Auditory Processing Disorder (edited with Frank Musiek, and now in its 2nd edition), is considered the definitive text on CAPD. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2010 American Academy of Audiology’s (AAA) Distinguished Achievement Award and Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2014, the highest honor the Association bestows. She served on the 2005 ASHA Work Group on CAPD, which authored a technical report and position statement, and the 2010 AAA Task Force, which authored clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of children and adults with CAPD. She served as program chair for the first and second global conferences on CAPD, held in conjunction with the 2012 and 2014 AAA conventions, and she served on the program committee for the AAA Auditory Research Conference (ARC) in 2016.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Professor and chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, at Washington State University Health Sciences
  • Royalties from Plural Publishing
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of these presentations

Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A, is an educational audiologist in the mainstream and residential school settings, a technology and social media aficionado, late-deafened adult fluent in American Sign Language, and a bilateral cochlear implant recipient. With her unique perspective and passion for sharing information through social media, she is a sought-out international presenter and adjunct lecturer to families, adults, and professionals on a variety of topics, but especially hearing assistive technology, apps, cochlear implants, advocacy, and effective strategies for coping with hearing loss. Childress is active on many local and national boards and committees, where she is a strong advocate for accessibility and disseminating resources.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of the Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Committee member at the Educational Audiology Association
  • Board member of the Association of Late Deafened Adults

Jeanane M. Ferre, PhD, CCC-A, has focused her 35+ year career on assessment of and intervention for central auditory processing disorders (CAPDs) among children and adults. She has published and presented extensively on CAPD at the local, state, national, and international levels. Ferre is a Fellow of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) and of ASHA and has received the Clinical Achievement Award and Honors of the Association from ISHA. Currently in private practice in the Chicago area,  Ferre is a member of the adjunct faculty at Northwestern and Rush universities.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalties from Pro-Ed, Inc. 
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Volunteer leader for ASHA and ISHA 

Donna Geffner, PhD, CCC-A/SLP, is a dually licensed and certified audiologist and speech-language pathologist. She served as full professor, department chair, director of the speech and hearing center, director of the graduate programs and the Long Island AuD Consortium program at St. John's University prior to her retirement. She maintains a private practice in the areas of auditory processing disorders, language impairment, and ADHD. Geffner is the recipient of the St. John's University President's Medal and many local, state, and national honors and awards, including ASHA Fellow and ASHA Honors. Providence College bestowed upon her an Honorary Doctorate in Education. She currently continues to teach as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University in the AuD program. She is a former Vice President of Academic Affairs for ASHA and President of ASHA (1999). Geffner is the author of five books (Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment, Management and Treatment with Deb Swain, now in its 3rd edition; Attention Deficit Disorders: What Professionals Need to Know; and The Navigator with Dale Seiden, a visual picture mapping for children) and two tests (Auditory Skills Assessment with the late Ron Goldman and the Listening Inventory with Deb Swain). She presents internationally, nationally, and locally.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Owner of Donna Geffner and Associates
  • Author royalties from Plural Publishing
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Vasiliki (Vivian) Maria Iliadou, PhD, is an associate professor of psychoacoustics at the Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is an ENT physician with a doctoral degree in audiology. She has established the first Auditory Processing Clinic in Greece for children and adults in AHEPA University Hospital, Thessaloniki. She is working toward bringing together clinicians and researchers involved in auditory processing disorders (APD) in Europe and beyond.  

Financial Disclosures:

  • Associate professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this and past presentations

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  •  Involved in the European APD Study Group and the Greek APD Study Group.

Benoît Jutras, PhD, is a full professor at the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and director of the audiology programs at the University of Montreal and researcher at the Research Centre, Pediatric CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal. His research interests are mainly related to auditory processing disorder. He investigates the occurrence of auditory processing disorder with other disorders/impairments, such as dyslexia and hearing loss. He is also interested in the evaluation of the efficacy of interventions provided to children with auditory processing disorder.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Full professor and program director at the University of Montreal and researcher at Pediatrics - CHU Sainte-Justine.
  • Grant funding from the Ministry of Health - Quebec and the CRIR
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this and past presentations

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Tena L. McNamara, AuD, CCC-A/SLP, has contracted for the past 25 years as an educational audiologist with the Special Education Association of Peoria County, IL. In addition, she works as a pediatric audiologist with Mueller Pediatric Therapy, where she provides early intervention, diagnostic, and therapy services. She is a retired professor from the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department at Eastern Illinois University. Through her career, she has been clinically active and participated in research in the areas of aural habilitation/rehabilitation therapy, auditory processing diagnostics/therapy, remote microphone/assistive technology, and literacy for children with hearing difficulties. Her experience has enabled her to stay current in the field and apply these principles in an actual school and clinical setting. She currently serves as president of the Educational Audiology Association.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Pediatric educational audiologist with the Special Education Association of Peoria County, IL and with Mueller Pediatric
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this and past presentations

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • President of the Educational Audiology Association
  • President-elect of the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • ASHA advisory council member 

Deborah Moncrieff, PhD, CCC-A, focuses on auditory processing disorder (APD) across the life span, with particular emphasis on the negative impact of APD on communication, learning, language, and reading. She studies the prevalence of APD, its links with learning disabilities, and the underlying neural mechanisms of APD with electrophysiologic and fMRI methods. She has developed a treatment program for individuals identified with amblyaudia, a binaural integration type of APD.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Grant funding from U.S. Department of Education
  • Owner and president of AUDIA Dichotics 
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation  

Dan Peters, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and co-founder and executive director of the Summit Center, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, with special emphasis on gifted, talented, and creative individuals and families. Peters speaks regularly at state and national conferences on a variety of topics, including parenting, gifted and twice-exceptional students, anxiety, and dyslexia. He also writes for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Peters is the author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fears, and its companion book, From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears. He is the co-author of The Warrior Workbook: A Guide for Conquering Your Worry Monster and Raising Creative Kids. Peters is also co-founder of ParentFootprint.com, an online interactive parent-training program.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Executive director and licensed psychologist at the Summit Center 
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation  

Vishakha W. Rawool, PhD, CCC-A, holds a master's degree in speech-language-pathology from University of Texas at El Paso and a PhD with emphasis in Audiology & Hearing Sciences from Purdue University. She has completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University and a clinical fellowship at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. She is currently a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at West Virginia University. She has several publications to her credit, including text books titled Hearing Conservation In Occupational, Recreational, Educational, and Home Settings (2012, Thieme) and Auditory Processing Deficits: Assessment and Intervention (2014, Thieme). She has extensive clinical experience in providing comprehensive audiological services to all populations, including infants and older adults. In 2015, the Banglore Speech and Hearing Trust and the Dr. S. R. Chandrashekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing College (Banglore, India) awarded her the Dr. SRC Travel Fellow Award "in recognition of excellent contribution, talent & service in the field of audiology." In 2017, the Royal Society of Medicine invited her to join the society as an oversees fellow and the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University awarded her the 2016-2017 Outstanding Researcher Award.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Professor at West Virginia University
  • Royalties from Thieme Medical Publishing
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Oversees fellow at the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Member of ASHA, AAA, and AAS
  • Committee member for ASHA and AAS

Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP, has been at Eastern Illinois University for 36 years in communication disorders and sciences, including 14 years as department chair. She retired from the teaching faculty in May 2014 to serve as director of an Autism Center, conducting evaluations, consultations, and educational workshops. In 2015, she initiated a program for college students with autism spectrum disorder who were enrolled at the university, Students with Autism Transitional Education Program (STEP). She is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with expertise in childhood language disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, auditory/language processing disorders, selective mutism, executive functions, and language learning disorders. She has numerous clinical and scholarly publications, including The Language Processing Test and Differential Screening Test for Processing. Richard is an ASHA Fellow and has served in many leadership roles, including ASHA President in 2017.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Author royalties from ProEd and Dynamic Resources
  • Royalties from MedBridge for continuing education courses 
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA Board of Directors

Cynthia McCormick Richburg, PhD, CCC-A, is currently a professor and chair at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services. Richburg completed two neuroaudiology fellowships at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Frank Musiek. It was during those fellowships that she developed her interests in auditory processing disorders. Richburg continues to evaluate patients in the clinic, where she works closely with the SLP clinicians, providing an interdisciplinary approach to the auditory processing evaluation and remediation process.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member

Deborah Ross–Swain, EdD, CCC-SLP, is the clinical director and CEO of The Swain Center For Listening, Communicating and Learning. She is the immediate past president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) and has served on the CSHA Board of Directors for 10 years. Swain is the former Chief of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and held a clinical staff appointment to the School of Medicine. Swain has received awards from CSHA for Outstanding Service and Outstanding Achievement and was awarded Outstanding Alumnus in 2016 from California State University, Sacramento. She has served on ASHA's Legislative Council and Advisory Committee, and is currently serving on the Governmental Relations and Public Policy Board. She is the author of numerous standardized test batteries and treatment manuals: The Receptive-Expressive Social Communication Assessment; The Auditory Phoneme Sequencing Test; The RIPA series of tests; The Listening Inventory; The Swallowing Ability and Function Test; Aphasia Rehabilitation: An Auditory and Verbal Treatment Hierarchy; and The Cognitive-Linguistic Improvement Program. Swain is an internationally and nationally recognized expert on auditory processing.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Director and CEO of The Swain Center For Listening, Communicating and Learning
  • Author royalties from Plural Publishing
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • No nonfinancial relationships to the content of this presentation

Andrew J. Vermiglio, AuD, CCC-A, is an assistant professor and director of the speech perception lab at East Carolina University. He has served on the faculty of Cal State Northridge and as a senior research associate at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles. His research is in the area of speech recognition in noise and the CAPD construct. Prior to entering the field of audiology, he worked as a professional musician in Los Angeles and as a member of the armed forces serving in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Reserves.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Assistant professor at East Carolina University
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Research associate at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles

Thomas Zalewski, PhD, CCC-A, is a professor of audiology at Bloomsburg University. His clinical and research interests include auditory/central auditory processing and tinnitus. He currently serves as the topic chair for Auditory/Central Auditory Processing for the 2018 ASHA Convention. He is the co-author of a chapter entitled "Otitis Media and Central Auditory Processing Disorder" with Jack Katz, PhD and Michael J. Brenner, MD in the 3rd edition of Central Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment, Management, and Treatment. He is also the co-author of the Buffalo Model Questionnaire-Revised with Jack Katz, PhD. In addition to teaching, he sees patients in the Bloomsburg University Speech and Hearing Clinic and is on staff at Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital to conduct newborn infant hearing screenings.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Professor of audiology at Bloomsburg University
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Distribution editor for Topics in Central Auditory Processing and SSW Reports
  • Member of the International Guild of Auditory Processing Specialists
  • Topic chair for the 2018 ASHA Convention

ASHA Corporate Partners