News & Events Archive


The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to OSU.  Forty-eight students were selected to represent the top one percent of the Class of 2018 including all six OSU undergraduate colleges. Averie Hinchey and Allison Brockette represent the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. (November 2017)

McKenzie Landis delivered a flawless on the profession of Speech-Language Pathology that not only earned the first place in the University-wide 3 Minute Presentation (3MP) competition but the People’s Choice Award as well. Sundari “Sunni" Ethridge participated (holding the over-sized check behind McKenzie Landis) in a lucky drawing and won $250 for professional development as well as won the CDIS program $2,000 for graduate student travel. McKenzie Landis also participated in a lucky drawing for 3MP contestants in the preliminary and finals and won $250 that would cover for her professional developments costs. Congratulations to Mackenzie and Sunni. This is the second year in a row that CDIS has won the first place in 3MP as well as the People’s Choice Award. (November 2017)

Join the OSU NSSLHA team, create your own team or register as an individual at
The walk is $15 for students and will be held the morning of Saturday, September 30 on campus. Invite a friend or two to walk with you! (September 2017)

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders would like to welcome our new faculty members. Drs. Valerie Freeman and Yu Zhang.  Dr. Freeman completed her doctoral education at the University of Washington, following which she pursued her postdoctoral fellowship at the Indiana University. Dr. Zhang completed his doctoral education at Ohio University. It is a great pleasure to have you both on board. (August 2017)

The M.S program in Speech-Language Pathology was awarded continued accreditation for a period of eight years beginning 7/1/2017 through 6/30/2025 by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Please click here to see the accreditation decision and letter. (August 2017)

Alice Wang is a senior in CDIS and is one of the 40 students being selected among over 200 applicants to attend the ASHA convention this year in Los Angeles through the ASHA Minority Student Leadership Program. (August 2017)

Dr. Ramesh Kaipa recently attended the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Pathways program that was conducted at the ASHA’s national office in Rockville, MD on the 12th and 13th of July 2017. The role of the Pathways program is to mentor early-career clinical scientists in developing strong foundations for independent research careers. This is an application-based competitive program in which approximately 10 early-career researchers are paired with experienced research mentors during the two-day meeting period.
     Not only did Dr. Ramesh Kaipa attend this program, but he also has recently been named a recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) 2017 Advancing Academic-Research (AARC) Award. Dr. Kaipa is one of 10 awardees this year. The AARC Award is intended to facilitate greater retention of pre-tenured, PhD-level faculty in our discipline. The award provides a $5,000 stipend to support mentored teaching and research activities. (July 2017)

The camp is hosted by the OSU-Tulsa Communication Sciences and Disorders Program, which prepares speech-language pathologists to work in clinics, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and schools. Students also get hands-on training and experience with community pediatric evaluations, speech-language therapy and newborn hearing screenings throughout the year at the Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus.
     The participation of graduate student clinicians at Cowboy Aphasia Camp distinguishes the program from others throughout the country. The camp provides graduate students an opportunity to hone their professional skills and ability to help people with aphasia in recovery. (June 2017)

Caitlyn Gilbert , a CDIS senior, received the Women’s Faculty Council Student Research Award in recognition of the quality of her research project. This prestigious award was open to all undergraduate and graduate students within the university. Her research was the “Use of Interpreters by Monolingual and Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologists in the U.S. - A Survey Study” and her advisor was Dr. Parveen. (May 2017)

CDIS Junior, Emma Kincade has earned a Udall Scholarship for her student leadership and health-related accomplishemnts. To read more about Emma Kincade and her accomplishments click here. (May 2017)

Candace Square has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship that will take her to Israel for the 2017-2018 academic year. The prestigious program places recent American graduates in schools around the world where they act as an ambassador for the United States and help improve foreign students’ English language abilities. (April 2017)

Since its formation in 1930, the Achafoa chapter of Mortar Board has recognized members for their superior scholastic abilities, outstanding leadership, and dedicated service to OSU. Each year, members of the Achafoa chapter of Mortar Board at OSU nominate and select an outstanding faculty member from each college whom the chapter believes has made significant contributions toward to the success of students. This year, Dr. Ramesh Kaipa was chosen from the College of Arts & Sciences to receive the Golden Torch Award at the Mortar Board Initiation Ceremony on April 2, 2017. Dr. Kaipa was recognized for his contributions to promote student success at OSU (April 2017)

CDIS Students Averie Hinchey and Allison Brockette were initiated into the Mortar Board Honor Society on April 2, 2017. CDIS student Bethany Howard was honored as a retiring member. (April 2017)

The Communications Sciences and Disorders received a top ranking for number of Native American undergraduate students graduated, according to Diverse’s annual Top 100 rankings, along with an eighth ranking for students of two or more races. Click here to read more. (March 2017)

One of CDIS's seniors, Lorena Mayorga, was named one of OSU's Outstanding Seniors by the OSU Alumni Association Student Awards and Selection Committee. The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.  Click here to read the full article with all of the Outstanding Seniors recognized. (March 2017)

Claire Thomas is going to an intensive language program at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in Caen, France for six weeks this summer. The program consists of daily linguistic training and also various cultural modules. Because of the Bailey Family Memorial Scholarship, she is now able to double major in CDIS and French and looks forward to continuing her French degree! (March 2017)

Dr. Peter Richtsmeier was accepted to attend the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Lessons for Success workshop. The workshop is limited to 30 participants (typically with grantwriting experience) who are chosen through a competitive application process. Over three days in late April, Dr. Richtsmeier and the other attendees will receive intensive training in the areas of (a) grant preparation and funding opportunities, (b) development and management of a successful program of research, and (c) advancement of professional competencies. More information about the Lessons for Success program can be found here. (Februrary 2017)

Laura Morris, a second year graduate student, received the inaugural Advanced Therapy Scholarship on January 27, 2017. This scholarship is provided to a graduate student who demonstrates scholarly excellence and a passion for travel therapy. (January 2017)


Leslie Baldwin received the Outstanding Advisor Award at the University Convocation Awards Ceremony on December 2. This prestigious award is given to individuals with an outstanding track record in student advising. Congratulations Leslie. (12/2/2016)

Bethany Howard presented her Honors thesis at the recently concluded 2016 American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The convention witnessed a record number of attendees in excess of 16,000 and Bethany's poster was well received. Bethany's Honors thesis is investigating the role of practice distribution in learning French utterances and is directed by Dr. Ramesh Kaipa. (11/28/16)

The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association recognized 43 students as OSU Seniors of Significance for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to OSU. click here to know more about the Seniors of Significance Award.  (11/28/16)  

The Graduate College sponsored a program 3MP participation award for the programs with the highest percentage of their eligible students participating in the 3MP. The CDIS program was recognized as the program with the most students (Jessie Kresge, Klairissa Tolf, and Natalie Miller) participating in the non-thesis master's category. CDIS was awarded $600 to support student professional development related travel expenses. Congratulations to all the graduate students. (11/28/16)

Natalie Miller was one of the 12 finalists to participate in the second annual OSU Graduate College's Three Minute Presentation (3MP) competition on November 10, 2016. Natalie spoke on autism and delivered an exceptional presentation. Natalie not only won the University 3MP finals but also received the People's Choice Award. Congratulations Natalie. Please click here to read about the outcomes of recently concluded Graduate College's 3MP competition. Click here to read about the outcomes of recently concluded Graduate College's 3MP competition.  (11/10/2016)

Amanda Good received the $1,000 Students Preparing for Academic-Research Careers (SPARC) Award to support her Master's thesis. The eventual goal of SPARC Award is to motivate students to pursue PhD education and a career in academia. Amanda's thesis will investigate the effects of perceptual frequency and talker variability on children's accuracy in reproducing consonants in target words. The thesis will also explore the clinical application of these variables and the clinical implications of the experimental design used in some of her advisor's (Dr. Peter Richtsmeier) recent studies. (June 2016)

Grandparent University (GPU) is a fun-filled summer camp that actively engages grandparents and their grandchildren in an academic major they choose. Recently, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders hosted the GPU on 22nd & 23rd July 2016. There were a total of 27 participants including children (ranging in age from 6-13 years old) and 11 grandparents. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the activities they were involved such as learning American Sign Language, hearing screening, hearing aid, and observing a sheep's brain.  (July 2016)

CDIS faculty, staff, and students received prestigious awards during the Arts & Sciences Banquet on April 13, 2016. Congratulations to Award Winners!

  • Ramesh Kaipa: A&S Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Leslie Baldwin: A&S Outstanding Advising Award
  • CSD Outstanding Senior: Lorena Mayorga
  • Top 10 Senior: Taylor Sweeney
  • A&S Alumni Scholarship: Bethany Howard and Rebecca Walters
  • Fourjay Foundation Scholarship: Taylor Elsey, Sundari Ethridge, and Abigail McFadden
  • Honors College Degree Candidates: Lorena Mayorga and Hannah Tether

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CDIS) was recently honored as being one of OSU's Certified Healthy Departments. By becoming a Certified Healthy Department we are providing a healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors, thereby supporting the culture for an overall healthier OSU. By providing hearing screenings for OSU faculty and staff, mandating CPR for our students, incorporating therapy dogs in clinic and supporting a work life balance, the CDIS department provides an environment to foster healthy lifestyle choices while at work (4/27/16).

Congratulations to Drs. Ramesh Kaipa and Trevor Courouleau for receiving the FY17 Community Engagement Grant for their grant titled "Hear Well: A Hearing Screening Initiative for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease in Oklahoma.  (April 2016)

Bethany Howard (Communication Sciences and Disorders major) was recently awarded the Wentz Research Grant based on her academic abilities and the quality of the research proposal. Bethany is currently pursuing her Honors thesis under the direction of Dr. Ramesh Kaipa. Her Honors project is investigating the role of practice distribution in learning foreign language utterances. Well done Bethany (04/08/16).

The Annual NSSLHA Banquet was held at Meditations, Stillwater on 03/31/16 to celebrate the success of our students and also to felicitate Ms. Jan Marks who is retiring after 38 years of her service to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The incoming NSSLHA officers were also announced at the Banquet. Congratulations to all the students who received the departmental and NSSLHA scholarships. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders would like to thank Ms. Jan Marks for all her contributions and would really miss her.  (March 2016)

Sundari Ethridge and Becca Walters, Communication Sciences and Disorders majors, recently secured prestigious international scholarships (Becca - Benjamin A. Gilan Scholarship; Sundari - Bailey Scholarship) that will allow them to travel to Heredia, Costa Rica for 6 weeks as a part of their SOL Education Abroad Experience. While at Heredia, both of them plan on taking two Spanish courses for their minor at the Latin University of Costa Rica. They also plan on volunteering in the local community, and of course, would they miss out on ziplining and hiking up the volcanoes while in Costa Rica. Morgan Shuster, double major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish, also secured the Bailey International Scholarship, she plans on using that scholarship to study one year in Valparaíso, Chile, starting in July 2016. She plans to study Spanish linguistics and phonetics, along with the Latin American culture. Congratulations on these prestigious scholarships girls.


CDIS Seniors Caitlyn Cloud and Aubrey Mackey were named Oklahoma State College of Arts and Sciences Seniors of Significance. Congratulations to these two girls on this extraordinary honor!

Dr. Ramesh Kaipa recently received funding from the Arts and Sciences Student Technology Fee Committee to purchase a patient/teaching simulation software. Dr. Kaipa hopes to make use of the virtual patient simulations to increase students’ clinical competency. (11/7/14)

CDIS student Morgan Compton and the NSSLHA Walk for Apraxia have made the newspaper!    Click here to view the article.

The Oklahoma State University Speech Language Pathology Graduate Program was ranked 6th in the nation by in 2014. 

Bethany Howard (CDIS Sophmore) was named among the Top 20 Freshman Women for the Class of 2017. The selection of these students is based on scholarship, extraordinary leadership, community service and campus involvement during their freshman year. Congratulations Bethany!

Lorena Mayorga (CDIS Junior) won the Miss Hispanic/Latina OSU Pageant for 2014. 

Our Cowboy Aphasia Camp was featured on the National Aphasia Association’s website. Congratulations to all the faculty, staff members, and students who worked hard to make this program a big success (06/24/14).

The CDIS undergraduate program was named among the top 5 undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Rebecca Birdwell (CDIS Senior) was awarded the Bailey Family Memorial Scholarship for study abroad program in Spain.

Sydney Hurst (CDIS Senior) was accepted into the International Studies graduate program and will be going into the Peach Corps. Good luck Sydney.

Becky Chesney (CDIS Graduate Student) was awarded the awarded the Hunter Stone Endowed Scholarship, $4000 (2014-2015 academic year) for outstanding academic achievements.

If you are interested in earning CEUs for Stuttering, then you can access Br. Boyle’s recent podcast at StutterTalk. Congratulations Dr. Boyle.

Dr. Kaipa was awarded the FY 15 Spring and Fall travel grant.

Dr. Boyle was awarded the FY 15 Community Engagement Grant for his project titled “Enhancing Peer Support and Community Involvement for People Who Stutter”.


Mr. Gary Beeby, M.A., (Audiologist) retired from OSU after 40 years of wonderful service to our department. The Department of CDIS will surely miss him.

Drs. Kaipa and Boyle were awarded the Summer Research (ASR) & Summer Supplementary Research (ASR+1) grants.

Dr. Boyle was awarded the Dean’s Incentive Grant

Lauren Larres, B.S (CDIS Graduate Student) was awarded the 2013 Speech-Language-Hearing Association Scholarship


Jessica Longley, B.S (CDIS Graduate Student) received the 2012 Speech-Language-Hearing Association Scholarship

Jessica Grace (CDIS undergraduate) has been named in the Oklahoma State University Top Twenty Freshmen Women for 2012.

Daniel Smith (CDIS Senior) was awarded the Lew Wentz Scholarship, April, 2012

Staff and Faculty Awards

Leslie Baldwin: Awarded Arts and Sciences Outstanding Advisor of the year for 2012.

Dr. Larry Mullins, Department of Psychology Head and 2010-2012 Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Head received the 2012 OSHA Distinguished Service Award.

Donita Tefft: Awarded the College of Arts & Sciences Staff Award 2012

 Previous Publications

  • Boyle, M. P., & Blood, G. W. (in press). Stigma and stuttering: Conceptualizations, applications, and coping. In K. O. St. Louis (Ed.), Stuttering meets stereotype, stigma, and discrimination: An overview of attitude research. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press.
  • Thomas, R., & Kaipa, R. (2015).The use of non-speech oral-motor exercises among Indian speech-language pathologists: An online survey. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 62(1), Art. #82, 12 pages.
  • Boyle, M. P., Relationships between psychosocial factors and quality of life for adults who stutter. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, (2015). Advance online publication. doi:10.1044/2014_AJSLP-14-0089
  • Boyle, M. P., Identifying correlates of self-stigma in adults who stutter: Further establishing the construct validity of the Self-Stigma of Stuttering Scale (4S), Journal of Fluency Disorders (2015). Advance online publication.
  • Boyle, M. P. (2014). Understanding perceptions of stuttering among school-based speech-language pathologists: An application of attribution theory. Journal of Communication Disorders, 52, 143-155.
  • Boyle, M. P. (2013). Psychological characteristics and perceptions of stuttering of adults who stutter with and without support group experience. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 38, 368-381.
  • Thomas, R. (2014, May 17). Myths and Facts about bilingual learners. Stillwater News Press, pp.A3.
  • Kaipa, R. (2014). A guide to using modern classroom response systems in higher education. International HETL Review, Volume 4, Article VIII, URL:
  • Giddens, C. L., Barron, K. W., Byrd-Craven, J., Clark, K. F., and Winter, A. S. (2013). Vocal Indices of Stress: A Review. Journal of Voice, 27(3), 390.e21-290.e29.
  • Parveen, S., & Goberman, A. M. (2013). Presence of stop bursts and multiple bursts in individuals with Parkinson Disease. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 1-8.
  • Gueratte, P., Furumasu, J., and Tefft, D. (2013) The Positive Effects of Early Powered Mobility on children's Psychosocial and Play Skills. Assistive Technology, 25, 39-48.
  • Messer, R. H. & Kennison, S. M. (in press). Concept. In K. Keith (Ed.), Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.