Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

School of Health and Human Sciences

june betheaJune Bethea

Background
June has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for more than twenty years. She is nationally certified and state licensed. June has worked in various settings including schools, skilled nursing facilities, and home health. She also has taught at the university level.

Research Interests
Her research interests include child language and literacy. June’s faculty advisor and mentor is Dr. Alan Kamhi

ashley frazierAshley M. Frazier

Background
Ashley entered the doctoral program in 2010. She received her Master of Science degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Ashley received the UNCG Excellence Fellowship in 2010, and an Inclusiveness Award in 2011. She is currently the chair of L’GASP GLBT Caucus, an ASHA Multicultural Constituency Group.

Research Interests
Ashley’s research interests include social-pragmatic language, discourse analysis, and gender in communication. Ashley’s faculty advisor and mentor is Dr. Celia R. Hooper.

Publications
Frazier A.M. & Hooper, C. R. (in press). Language: Pragmatics and discourse. In R. Adler, S.
Hirsch, & M. Mordaunt (Eds.), Voice communication therapy for the transgender/transsexual client: A comprehensive clinical guide 2d Ed. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.

Frazier, A.M., Steckley, R., Masiongale, T. (2010, November). Ethical Service Delivery and Treatment
Considerations: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Population. Session presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Frazier, A.M. (2009). Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: Serving GLBT Families in Our
Schools. Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations. 16 11-19.  doi:10.1044/cds16.1.11.

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Betty Mabe

Background
Betty has been a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for more than thirty years. She is nationally certified and state licensed. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UNCG in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Virginia. She has been a pediatric speech-language pathologist in public schools, private practice, hospitals, neurology clinics, and as a member of a developmental diagnostic team. Betty works full-time at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the department of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. She is the assistant director for the Children’s Developmental Services Agency at Amos Cottage.

Research Interests
Her research interests include motor-speech disorders, oral-motor skills and speech-language development in premature infants. Her mentors and advisors are Dr. Virginia Hinton, and T. Michael O’Shea, MD, MPH.

Publications
Christiaanse, M.E., Mabe, B., Russell, G. Simeone, T. L.,Fortunato, J., Rubin, B. (2010).  Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is no more effective than usual care for the treatment of primary dysphagia in children. Pediatric Pulmonology,46 (6), 559-565. DOI: 10.1002/ppul.21400

Mabe, B., Christiaanse, M.E., Long, T. (November 2009). Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is no more effective than usual care for the treatment of primary dysphagia in children. Short session presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association  2009 Annual Convention, New Orleans,
Louisiana.

Christiaanse, M.E., Mabe, B., Russell, G. Simeone, T. L., Fortunato, J., Rubin, B. (Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is no more effective than usual care for the treatment of primary dysphagia in children. Poster presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2009 Meeting Baltimore, Maryland

Charles Pudrith

Charles Pudrith

Background
Charles Pudrith earned his Bachelors of Arts in Audiology and Speech Science and his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry/Biotechnology from Michigan State University. He earned his Doctorate in Audiology from Western Michigan University.

Research Interests
Charles’ research interest include the genetics of hearing loss. His faculty mentor is Dr. Susan Phillips.

Publications
Katbamna, B., Klutz, N., Pudrith, C., Lavery, J.P., & Ide, C.F. (2013). Prenatal smoke exposure: effects on infant auditory system and placental gene expression. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 38, 61-71. doi:10.1916/j.ntt.2013.04.008

Dattaray, P., Pudrith, C., Nyc, M.A., Martin, D., Kim, Y.H., Jahng, P., … Jung T. (2011). Effect of Ciprofloxacin/Dexamethasone versus Ciprofloxacin/Hydrocortisone on Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Experimental Otitis Media. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. 145(2), 288-94. doi: 10.1177/01945998811403868

Pudrith, C., Kim ,Y.H., Martin, D., Gupta, A., Inman, J., Wareham, R., … Jung, T. (2010). Effect of topical glucocorticoid treatment in chinchilla model of lipopolysaccharide induced otitis media with effusion. Internatioanl Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 74(11), 1273-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2018.08.003

Pudrith, C.B., Martin, D., Kim, Y.H., Jahng, P., Kim B., Wall G.M. & Jung T.K. (2010). Glucocorticoids reduce nitric oxide concentration in middle ear effusion from lipopolysaccharide induced otitis media. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology,74(4), 384-6. doi. 10.1016/j.ijporl.2010.01.008

Sommer S., Pudrith C.B., Colvin C.J., & Coussens P.M. (2009). Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis suppresses expression of IL-12p40 and iNOS genes induced by signalling through CD40 in bovine monocyte-derived macrophages. Veterinarian Immunology and Immunopathology, 128(1-3), 44-52. doi. 10.1016/j.vetimm.2008.10.294

Upham B.L., Blaha L., Babica P., Park J., Sovadinova I., Pudrith C., … Trosko J. (2008). Inhibition of intercellular signaling, a tumor promotion event, by a cigarette abundant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon depends on phosphatidylcholine-specific phospholipase C. Cancer Science, 99(4), 696-705 doi. 10.1111/j.1349-7006.2008.00752.x

Skovgaard K., Grell S.N., Heegaard, P.M., Jungerse, G., Pudrith, C.B., & Coussens, P.M. (2006). Differential expression of genes encoding CD30L and P-selectin in cattle with Johne’s disease: progress toward a diagnostic gene expression signature. Veterinarian Immunology and Immunopathology, 112(3-4), 210-24

Coussens, P.M., Pudrith, C.B., Skovgaard, K., Ren, X., Suchyta, S.P., Stabel, J.R., Heegaard, P.M. (2005). Johne’s disease in cattle is associated with enhanced expression of genes encoding IL-5, GATA-3, tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases 1 and 2, and factors promoting apoptosis in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Veterinarian Immunology and Immunopathology, 105(3-4):221-34

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Amy Spencer

Background
Amy has been a speech pathologist for 24 years working with both children and adults in a variety of settings. She recently returned from a year in China where she helped successfully open up the first Western-style pediatric therapy center in Beijing. While living in China, she had the opportunity to present at the United States Embassy on the topic of language development and also presented at the Special Education Network in Asia Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on the topic of collaboration. Amy is in her sixth year of doctoral study and currently working on completing her comprehensive exams and dissertation.

Research Interests
Research interests include autism and social skills as well as language development in third culture kids. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Alan Kamhi.

Publications
Smallwood, G., Bursuck, W., Bethea, J., Clark, M.K., Spencer, A., Implementing professional development for SLPs on reading instruction and RTI, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), New Orleans, presentation at national conference. 11/20/2009Rose, A., Kamhi A., Burns, L., Reading, A., Parent, SLP, and client satisfaction with social skills assessment and treatment, ASHA, New Orleans, Poster session at national conference. 11/21/2009Estigarribia, B., Malkin, C., Martin, G., Spencer, A., Roberts, J., Sideris J., Narrative Skill in boys with fragile X syndrome with and without autism spectrum disorder, Applied Psycholinguistics, 2011; 32(2): 359–388Rose, A., Kamhi, A. School-based SLPs views on optimal services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, 42nd National Autism Society Conference, Orlando, Florida, Poster session, July 2011
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Ronda Walker

Background
Ronda earned her undergraduate degree from Clemson University. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Tennessee State University. She has been a practicing clinician since 2009. Her clinical experience includes articulation and phonology, fluency, language disorders, literacy disorders, and autism spectrum disorder.
Research Interest
Ronda’s research interests include language and literacy, fluency, and perceptions of those with speech disorders. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Alan Kamhi.

Nilesh Washnick

Nilesh

Background
Nilesh earned his Bachelor of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology and Master of Audiology & Speech Language Pathology from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, India. After post-graduation he worked as an assistant professor in Audiology at Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India for 3 years. Nilesh entered the doctoral program in fall 2013.

Research Interest
Nilesh’s research interest includes genetic aspects of noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) and Tinnitus. His faculty advisor and mentor is Dr. Susan Phillips.