One of the grants: “Preparation of Personnel to Serve Infants and Young Children with Hearing Loss,” will be co-directed by Jackson Roush, PhD, and Melody Harrison, PhD. The grant will provide graduate students in UNC’s Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program and Masters (MS) Speech-Language Pathology Program to work in areas related to newborn hearing screening, diagnosis of hearing loss, selection and fitting of hearing aids and cochlear implants, and therapeutic intervention procedures. The Speech and Hearing Division will work in collaboration with UNC’s Carolina Communicative Disorders Clinic, Department of Otolaryngology, with audiologist Holly Teagle, AuD, and speech-language pathologist, Hannah Eskridge, MS.
A second grant entitled "Preparing Professionals for Leadership Roles in Translational Research Focused on Children with Disabilities Including High Need Children" focuses on PhD students. This grant will provide nine doctoral students from Speech and Hearing Sciences, Occupational Science, and Early Childhood Special Education with research training targeting at applied research. The disability areas of focus are autism, hearing loss, literacy, and culturally- and family-guided intervention practices. The students will work on research projects, complete coursework, and take part in professional development activities to enhance their skills as academicians and researchers in their specialty areas. Drs. Betsy Crais (Speech & Hearing Sciences) and Harriet Able (from the School of Education) along with faculty members from all three units will direct the project.