The Department of Communicative Disorders is proud to announce six honors garnered by their faculty and staff.
Congratulations to the honorees!
Rita Kaushanskaya, PhD – UW-Madison 2011 Residence Hall Honored Instructor Award
Rita is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders. She graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. She then moved to the Midwest, and got both her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University.
Dr. Kaushanskaya directs the Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Lab, housed in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Waisman Center. The LAB research examines how monolingual and bilingual children and adults learn, remember, and manage linguistic and non-linguistic information. At the undergraduate level, she teaches Communicative Disorders 240: Language Development in Children and Adolescents and Communicative Disorders 455H: Junior Honors Seminar.
Dana Longstreth, MS, CCC-SLP – 2011 L&S Mid-Career Award
Dana Longstreth was honored at a reception held at the Fluno Center on May 5, 2011. Dana received a Mid-Career Award for her outstanding contributions to the Wisconsin IDEA, especially for her work with Wisconsin citizens who have undergone transgender surgery and/or seek feminization of their communication skills and for her work with adults who have acquired disorders of communication related to stroke, traumatic brain injury, and progressive neurologic diseases.
Dana joined the Department of Communicative Disorders as a clinical instructor in 1997. She spent the first 18 years of her career working as a speech-language pathologist in medical and rehabilitation settings with a focus on adult acquired communication, cognition and swallowing disorders. Dana provides clinical teaching and supervision to graduate students in Speech Language Pathology at the UW-Madison Speech and Hearing Clinic. Through their clinical training with Dana, students provide evaluation and treatment services to primarily adults with acquired disorders of communication related to stroke, traumatic brain injury, and progressive neurologic disease. Dana’s clinical teaching is strongly infused with evidence based practice principles and the concepts within the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF ).
Mary Smith, MS-CCC-SLP – 2011 Clinical Professor of the Year Award
Mary Smith was selected as the 2011 Clinical Professor of the Year by the Madison Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Mary will be honored at a separate, department sponsored celebration held at the Ebling Symposium Center following the UW-Madison Graduation ceremony on Sunday May 15, 2011. Mary is retiring this year after many years of a long and distinguished career.
Throughout her career Mary has worked with children and adults with language learning disabilities. Her recent focus has been the assessment of adults, mainly university students, with language learning difficulties. In the recent past in conjunction with the Department of Psychology, Mary has been involved in the assessment of children adopted from Russia and Romania. Mary has also worked in treatment programs with children and adults with language learning disorders. She spent her beginning years in the Department of Communicative Disorders working with preschool children in language stimulation programs. Mary also served as clinic coordinator for the UW-Madison Speech and Hearing Clinic.
Patricia (Trici) Schraeder – 2011 Professor of the Year Award
Trici Schraeder was selected as the 2011 Professor of the Year by the Madison Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Trici will give a speech to the graduating class and their friends and relatives at a separate, department-sponsored celebration held at the Ebling Symposium Center following the UW-Madison Graduation Ceremony on Sunday May 15, 2011.
Trici has 36 years of experience; was a school-based speech-language pathologist for 13.5 years; and joined the UW-Madison Department of Communicative Disorders in 1989. Trici currently teaches a graduate-level school methods course; coordinates and supervises graduate-level student teaching in speech-language pathology; and coordinates the Dane County Head Start Speech-Language Screening Program. She has published over 25 journal articles; is the author of a college-level text book; and has presented at over fifty state and national conventions. Trici serves as an editorial consultant for the Journal of Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools and as chairperson of a national committee for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is the recipient of several state and national awards for outstanding service and leadership in the field of speech-language pathology.
Gary Weismer, PhD – L&S Distinguished Honors Faculty Award and UW-Madison Residence Hall Honored Instructor Award
Gary was nominated by UW-Madison Freshman, Kelly Jorgensen, a student in his honors section of CD 110, Introduction to Communicative Disorders.