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Rose receives grant for research, teaching in communication sciences and disorders

Amy Rose, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina University, was recently named recipient of a $5,000 grant to support her academic enrichment as a teacher and research in her field by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Rose wrote a proposal for the two-part Advancing Academic-Research Careers Award for the ASHA, outlining three outcomes each for mentored teaching and mentored research.

Beginning nursing and communication sciences and disorders students are working and learning together in a joint lab experience with the goal of expanding interdisciplinary collaboration.

Beginning nursing and communication sciences and disorders students are working and learning together in a joint lab experience with the goal of expanding interdisciplinary collaboration.

“For my teaching part, I want to incorporate more interactive approaches, increase evidence-based practice and expand collaboration work with other departments,” Rose said. “Last year, we worked with the School of Nursing to have their students pretend to have communication disorders for ours to work with. Later, I’d like to invite physical therapy students. It’s a good opportunity for students on both sides. Our students will conduct research, and perhaps present a poster at WCU’s Undergraduate Expo.”

The research part of Rose’s proposal includes a multicultural focus on continuing to train and learn from others in her field that began with a year she worked in Beijing, China. She is extending that experience to Botswana, Africa, through a grant proposal she will co-author with Lisa Bloom, professor of special education at WCU. Rose visited Gabarone, Botswana, in late June and early July to build on a partnership there, based on the State Partnership Program between North Carolina and Botswana that is a United States Department of Defense program managed by the National Guard.

Two additional research projects follow up on her dissertation subject, further investigating the effects of communication disorders/disabilities on forming friendships and establishing social skills/friendship groups for young adults in WCU’s Speech and Hearing Clinic.

Amy Rose

Amy Rose

“I hope to extend those groups within WCU’s University Participant program and to students with disabilities at Southwestern Community College,” Rose said. The UP program provides an inclusive two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-aged people with intellectual disabilities. Her proposal incorporates principles from the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills.

PEERS is a social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults, especially those with autism spectrum disorders, but also with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.

The grant also will help cover costs to attend the ASHA national convention in Denver, Colorado, in November – where Rose will present research from her dissertation – as well as costs to receive certification in the PEERS program from the University of California, Los Angeles, which is directed by one of her grant proposal mentors, Elizabeth Laugeson.

Other mentors who will oversee Rose’s use of the grant include WCU’s Georgia Hambrecht, professor of communication sciences and disorders; Bill Ogletree, department head of Communication Sciences and Disorders; and David Shapiro, Madison Distinguished Professor in the department.

“The award is a huge honor from an organization like the ASHA, and I was surprised to hear I’d received it,” Rose said. “It wouldn’t be possible without the mentorship of Dr. Hambrecht, Dr. Ogletree and Dr. Shapiro.”

For more information on WCU’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program, visit

By Keith Brenton

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Commencement 2017
Commencement 2017


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