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Welcome to the Speech and Neurodevelopment Lab Josie and Ali!
Josie and Ali have just begun their second co-operative educational experiences in the Speech and Neurodevelopment Lab. They will be assisting with various projects during their time with us. Josie will primarily be working on her capstone on fundamental frequencies and voice disorders. Ali will use her time in the lab to learn more about conducting research in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
Spotlight Article Featuring Morgan Hines, Winter 2019
Co-operative education student, Morgan Hines was featured in a spotlight article written by Alessandra Bryant in January of 2019. The article discusses Hines’ research projects over the past two years as a Research Opportunities for Undergraduates: Training in Environmental Health Sciences (ROUTES) scholar. Access the article here to learn more.
Morgan also presented her poster in the Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship (RISE) convention at Northeastern University in April. Her poster titled “Non-Nutritive Suck (NNS) and Ano-genital Distance (AGD): Examining the Developmental Effects of Environmental Exposure in a Puerto Rican Infant Cohort” described potential relationships between NNS measures and measures of phthalate and other exposures indicating levels of endocrine disruption in infants enrolled in the Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico.
Lab Newsletter, Fall 2018
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Lab Newsletter, Fall 2017
Read about the latest news and events of the fall in the Speech and Neurodevelopment lab newsletter:
Bouve College of Helath Sciences, Vital Signs Magazine, feature article, Binkies Do More Than Pacify
This article features discussion about the developmental advantages and disadvantages of using pacifiers.
Three students presented posters at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Convention (ASHA) this November in Philadelphia, PA.
PROTECT and CRECE leaders Drs. Zimmerman and Brown, along with their students Leigh Borkowski and Stephanie Clark, presented at the Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist Continuing Education Symposium. The event was held at Northeastern University and was attended by more than fifty speech-language pathologists and students.
Courtney DeSousa received an Advanced Research and Creative Endeavor Grant Award for her thesis project entitled, “An Examination of Visual Stimuli and Their Influence on Suck Patterning in Infants,” under the supervision of Dr. Zimmerman.
Dr. Zimmerman presented her research entitled, “Non-Nutritive Suck Development and Pacifier Types: Why it Matters” to the Pediatric Dysphagia Group of the Northeast.
Jaclene Forlano’s master’s thesis project was featured in an article about Northeastern University’s 5th Annual Research, Innovation, and Scholarship Exposition (RISE), photo below.
Jaclene Forlano and Megan Foran presented their master’s thesis research at Northeastern University’s 5th Annual RISE (see photo below).
The Non-Nutritive Suck (NNS) cart was delivered to Puerto Rico. Alex Newman went to Puerto Rico to set-up the cart and train members of the CRECE team how to sample NNS from infants.
Congrats to both Megan Foran and Jaclene Forlano for successfully defending their master’s thesis projects.
Drs. Zimmerman and Maron were awarded 2016 Tufts CTSI Pilot Award for their grant entitled, “FOXP2 Gene Expression Levels: A Noninvasive Biomarker to Predict both Oral Feeding and Speech-Language Success.”
The Speech and Neurodevelopment Lab had a very productive time at ASHA. As a group, the lab had five presentations on Pediatric Dysphagia. The convention commenced with a two-hour preterm infant feeding seminar presented in collaboration with Dr. Chantal Lau and Dr. Katlyn McGrattan. Megan Foran and Jaclene Forlano both presented posters on their master’s thesis data.
Dr. Zimmerman was invited to present her research, “Salivary FOXP2 Expression in Speech Emergence & Oral Feeding Readiness in Preterm Infants” at Tufts Medical Center’s Mother Infant Research Institute’s Seminar. This research is in collaboration with Dr. Maron, a neonatologist at Tufts.
Congrats to Kelsey Thompson for being awarded the Dean’s Research Award.
Mechanical Engineering Capstone students, sponsored by Dr. Zimmerman, successfully completed their capstone project entitled, “Customized Pacifier for Non-Nutritive Suck Research.” This team also won the biggest impact award, congrats.
Kelsey Thompson and Monica Maki successfully defended their master’s thesis projects. Congratulations.
Dr. Zimmerman was invited to serve as a “First Lady Mentor” at the First Lady Mentoring Breakfast at the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School.
Dr. Zimmerman was invited to present her research entitled, “The Nurturing Womb: How This Environment can be Leveraged to Optimize Sucking, Feeding, and Growth in Premature Infants” at the 8th Annual Leadership Conference ‘Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology: Research to Practice’ at UMASS Amherst, MA.
Dr. Zimmerman was invited to attend the ‘Puerto Rico Test site for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) Research Retreat’ in Dorado, Puerto Rico. (Funded by the NIEHS, SRP Center, Award # P42ES017198). Dr. Zimmerman is very excited to be part of this amazing research center and to start her collaboration (funded by a supplement to the above P42 grant) that will build upon PROTECT and collect and analyze data on environmental exposure, growth, feeding and neurodevelopment on 200 newborns in the cohort.
Dr. Zimmerman chaired the session entitled, “Tenure Track: The Job Search and Interview Process” and was an invited panelist on the session entitled “Thinking about a PhD? Informative Session for Prospective Doctoral Students.”
Kelsey Thompson presented her master’s thesis research entitled “Decoding Feeding Readiness Cues in Infants” (poster # 9241).
Dr. Zimmerman received one of the Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Curricular Innovation Award from the DentaQuest Foundation.
July 2, 2014
Monica Maki presented her Master’s Thesis research project, ‘Using FoxP2 Expression as a Predictor of Successful Oral Feeding’ to her thesis committee remotely.
June 2, 2014
Kelsey Thompson was awarded one of the Sertoma Communicative Disorders Scholarship. She was one of fifty Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology graduate students selected to receive this award.
May 12 , 2014
Kelsey Thompson presented her Master’s Thesis research project, ‘Decoding Feeding Readiness Cues in Infants’, to her thesis committee.
May 3, 2014
Dr. Zimmerman was invited to speak at the Neonatal Feeding Club at Pediatrics, a conference in Vancouver.
See page 100 of the program guide here for more information.