News & Events Archive


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.

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 (04/27/16).

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.

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.

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.