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April 16-18, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown

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On behalf of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing we would like to welcome you to the 2015 Annual Convention in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. Significant contributions by African-Americans to education, business, religion, politics, and music can be traced back to Nashville. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the city: Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Meharry Medical College can also be credited with producing past and present African-American leaders in all fields of study. Nashville is the perfect setting and backdrop for this year’s Convention theme: Culture, Communication & Science in Harmony Across the Generations.

Thursday afternoon will begin with sessions including the Donn F. Bailey Lecture. Congratulations to Dr. Nola Radford on begin selected as the 2015 Donn F. Bailey Lecturer.

We are pleased to have Dr. Tina Smith as the speaker for the Opening Session Thursday evening. Dr. Smith is the Interim Head of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Tennessee State University (TSU). In addition, Dr. Smith is the Director of Distance Education for the Master of Science degree program in Speech and Hearing Science at TSU, and she developed the first distance education master degree programs in speech-language pathology in South Carolina, Tennessee and the US Virgin Islands.

Following the Opening Session, please join us at the Opening Reception where you will have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends while enjoying light hors d’oeurves.

Friday begins with our Annual Membership Meeting. After a full day of sessions, please join us Friday evening at the Annual Awards Banquet, where we honor our colleagues and community members who have made significant accomplishments in the field of Communication Disorders and/or persevered in spite of having a communication disorder. This year we are honored to have Dr. Bernard Rousseau as our keynote speaker. Dr. Rousseau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is a 2014 ASHA Fellow and was named an Associate Fellow of the American Laryngeal Association in 2013. “Dancing and Desserts” always follows the Annual Awards Banquet.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite NBASLH shirt or purchase a new shirt at the Convention, because Saturday has become known as “T-shirt Day”! In addition, Saturday is always a favorite day for students and mentors because they have the opportunity to network and for fellowship at the Annual Student-Mentor Luncheon co-sponsored by ASHA, NSSLHA and NBASLH. Following the presentation of the Student Research Award, attendees of the luncheon will listen to the award recipient’s research and interact with leaders in the co-sponsoring organizations. This event ALWAYS sells out, don’t forget to register early!

After you finish each day of educational sessions, we hope you will take some time to explore the city. If you enjoy historical institutions, museums, nightclubs, live music or shopping you will surely find something to enjoy!

All Conventions are special, but this Convention is especially bittersweet as this will be the last year that we will have the honor of serving as Convention Co-Chairs. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and for trusting us with planning the Convention. We are confident that we are leaving you in good hands with your new Convention Co-Chairs, Dr. Jessica Sullivan and Ms. Hadiya Coppedge, who will take over the reigns in 2016.

See you in “Music City”!

2015 NBASLH Convention Chairs
Jamila Foreman,
Doanne Ward-Williams,


Welcome From the NBASLH Chair

It is indeed my pleasure to invite you to attend the 37th National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, also known as the “Music City.” This year’s Convention’s theme is Culture, Communication and Science in Harmony Across Generations. In my opinion, this year’s theme is ideal for the host city and definitely represents what NBASLH has embraced for many years.

At the time of this mailer, our country is facing coast-to-coast concerns in regards to culture and communication. Many of us have openly discussed with bold frankness our opinions in regards to the various highlighted events of recent occurrence. These news stories have focused on individuals who were not famous, such as Mike Brown and Eric Gardner along with famous individuals such as Bill Cosby and Ray Rice. The result of these cases is that regardless of the obvious culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, many people have come together in support of each other and trying to establish or re-establish some sense of peace and harmony. So, in my opinion, when attending the NBASLH Annual Convention, it is hard not to feel that same sense of harmony because you will never see so many individuals of all ages, genders, races and professional status levels coming together as one big happy family.

As we come together in Nashville for this Convention, it is imperative for us to reflect on the acceptance and harmony that the association has established and projected for many years. As members of NBASLH, we will continue to fulfill our mission which states that “membership in NBASLH is open to all individuals interested in promoting an increase in the number of certified Black speech-language and hearing professionals; promoting improvement in the quality of speech, language and hearing services to Black communicatively handicapped; promoting the research and development of a body of knowledge of the identification, diagnosis and treatment of the Black communicatively handicapped; and the dissemination of information among professionals and public on communication differences and disorders among Blacks.” In addition, as we go out and provide services to our various communities, it is very important that we echo the sentiments of the mission of our professions which is “Making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.”

With that being said, as a music enthusiast, I have to admit that I am also looking forward to going to Nashville and exploring all the various genres, not just country, that the city has to offer. According to Nashville’s online visitor’s guide: “Music City hosts live music 24/7/365. It’s a city that resonates with life and vibrates to the beat of every kind of song.” In our initial preparation for this year’s Convention, let’s plan to find our favorite melodies by taking advantage of Nashville’s FREE Live Music Guide App. So go ahead and get your groove on, jazz it up a bit, or rap to the rhythm at:

For those of you that may not be interested in the music scene, have no fear, downtown Nashville offers many other amazing experiences. You will have many opportunities to involve yourself in eating great authentic Southern comfort foods at various famous restaurants as well as viewing world class artwork located on 5th Avenue of the Arts. Take a look at:

Lastly, our Convention Co-Chairs and Convention Committee have put together a program that will help you feel that NBASLH sense of harmony while increasing your knowledge as you learn from the leading highlighted speakers, dynamic professionals and intelligent graduate students. The Convention Co-Chairs have worked diligently to only select gifted presenters and to offer outstanding sessions on a variety of topics that relate to our fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. Additionally, we will continue to honor founding members of NBASLH with the Dr. Donn F. Bailey Memorial Lecture Series and presenting to a deserving member the Mr. Eugene Wiggins Leadership Award.

Therefore, mark your calendars! Also, please share this information with others and invite them to join you and us in Tennessee.

Rachel Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP
NBASLH Chair, National Board of Directors


Highlighted Presenters

Linda HoodDr. Linda J. Hood, is a professor of hearing and speech sciences and associate director for research at the National Center for Childhood Deafness and Family Communication at Vanderbilt University. She is an honorary professor at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Hood received her master’s degree in audiology from Kent State University and PhD in hearing science from the University of Maryland. She completed an NIH post-doctoral fellowship and was a faculty member at the Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans for more than 20 years. Her research supported by the NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, focuses on auditory physiology, efferent auditory function, hereditary hearing loss, auditory neuropathy/ dys-synchrony, hearing in infants and auditory aging.

Dr. Hood will present Current Perspectives in the Evaluation and Management of Auditory Neuropathy/Dys-synchrony (ANSD) on Friday, April 17 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

Kristin NellenbachDr. Kristin Marie Nellenbach is an independent educational consultant and affiliate of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her clinical and research interests lie in the language-based assessment and service delivery of older children/adolescents struggling to meet academic, social and personal expectations.

Dr. Nellenbach will present CCSS: Supporting Achievement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students on Friday, April 17 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Nola RadfordDr. Nola Raford has been a professor at Jackson State since 2005. Previous appointments included University of Texas-Pan American, Southeast Missouri State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and University of Central Arkansas. At all previous institutions Radford participated in curriculum development, self-study for reaccreditation and directed student research. During the 1990s, while serving at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she was honored to receive presidential appointment to the PEW Roundtable, a think-tank of higher education. Radford completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2001 at University of Texas Pan-American through the Center on Minority Research in Special Education with Dr. Elisabeth Wiig, Professor Emeritus of Boston University and currently is president of the Knowledge Research Institute.

Dr. Radford is the 2015 Donn Bailey lecturer and will present Factors Affecting the Writing and Communication Skills of College Students on Thursday, April 17 from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm.

Bernard RousseauDr. Bernard Rousseau is a tenured associate professor of otolaryngology, hearing and speech sciences and mechanical engineering, director of the Laryngeal Biology Laboratory and co-director of the Voice Specialty Track in Speech-Language Pathology at the Vanderbilt University Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He also holds an appointment as adjunct member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. Dr. Rousseau completed undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Central Florida and earned a doctorate in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Rousseau is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is an Associate Fellow of the American Laryngological Association (ALA) an organization of physicians and scientists. He was elected fellow of the ALA in 2013 for distinguished contributions to the field of laryngology, care of patients with disorders of the larynx and upper aerodigestive tract and for contributions to the teaching of laryngology in medical schools and post-graduate medical education. Dr. Rousseau is one of only six individuals to ever become elected fellow of both societies. Dr. Rousseau is a charter member of the Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Rousseau is the immediate past editor of Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders for ASHAs Special Interest Group 3 (SIG 3). He has also served on the SIG 3 Coordinating Committee and as co-chair of the SIG 3 Research Committee. Dr. Rousseau is deeply committed to service to the professions of speech and language pathology. He currently serves on an ASHA committee charged with updating the scope of practice in speech-language pathology. His contributions to the professions also include service on committees charged with the development of official practice policy documents, including the Guidelines for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Dr. Rousseau serves on the international editorial review board of Auris, Nasus, Larynx and as a reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals. His federally funded research program focuses on the molecular pathophysiology of phonotrauma, health care costs and outcome studies related to the assessment and management of benign vocal fold disease.

Dr. Rousseau is the 2015 Awards Dinner presenter.

<Melanie SchueleDr. Melanie Schuele is an associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She is the author, along with Naomi Murphy, of a small group intervention program, Intensive Phonological Awareness Program. Dr. Schuele has been awarded three training grants from the US Department of Education to prepare master’s students for school SLP practice, and PhD students to conduct language and literacy research that improves the outcomes for children with disabilities. She teaches graduate courses in language development and disorders. Dr. Schuele’s research program focuses on the development of complex syntax in children with and without language impairments as well as early reading development. Her research has been funded by the US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. She is an ASHA Fellow and has served on several ASHA committees.

Dr. Schuele will present Typical Language Preschoolers’ are Proficient Complex Syntax Users: What Does That Mean for Children With Language Impairments? on Saturday, April 18 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

<Tina-SmithDr. Tina T. Smith is the interim head of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Tennessee State University (TSU) as well as an associate professor of speech-language pathology. She received a doctorate in speech-language pathology in 1988 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and master’s (in 1981) and bachelor’s (in 1980) degrees in the area from South Carolina State University. Her areas of specialty are adult language and articulation/phonology and she teaches courses in research methods, aphasia, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and articulation and phonology. Dr. Smith has published numerous articles, she has been the recipient of many training grants and she has presented more than 100 papers at conferences in the areas of multicultural diversity, language/phonology, treatment efficacy and distance education. She is the director of distance education for the Master of Science Degree program in speech and hearing science in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at TSU, and she developed and implemented the first distance education master’s degree programs in speech-language pathology in both the states of South Carolina and Tennessee and in the United States Virgin Islands.

Dr. Smith is NBASLH’s Opening Session presenter.


DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown

The DoubleTree is currenlty fully booked

Based on the DoubleTree website following are a few hotels with availability within 5 miles of the DoubleTree.

Click here to search for hotel near the Doubltree

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Vanderbilt-Elliston Place
Just one block from Vanderbilt University and close to Tennessee State University, and only a mile from downtown Nashville and the legendary Music Row.
1.86 miles from the DoubleTree.

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Green Hills
Located close to Nashville in the Green Hills-Belle Meade area, near the Mall of Green Hills and Vanderbilt, Belmont, and David Lipscomb universities.
4.39 miles from the DoubleTree.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Nashville Airport
Our full service, all-suite hotel is located in the heart of friendly Music City, only 2 miles from Nashville Airport (BNA) and just off Briley Parkway.
5 miles from the DoubleTree.

Based on Expedia, following are hotels available within 5 miles of downtown Nashville.

Comfort Inn Nashville - Downtown
.12 miles from Downtown Nashville

Springhill Suites by Marriott Metro
1.05 miles from Downtown Nashville

Days Inn West Trinity Lane
1.20 miles from Downtown Nashville

Visit for more information on these hotels.


DoubleTree by Hilton is conveniently located just ten miles from Nashville international Airport and is the ideal place to stay when visiting ‘Music City USA.’ NBASLH has obtained a special group rate of $152 for the Convention.  Deadline date to make a reservation is March 25, 2015.  Reservation requests received after the deadline date will be subject to availability and prevailing rate.

Reservations may be made by calling 800-222-8733. Mention the group name National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing when making your reservation.

Overnight parking is $30 per night.

Metro Livery has provided NBASLH with a Special Round Trip Airport Transportation of $65.

Click here for a voucher and reservation information.


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Continuing Education and Disclosures

This program is offered for up to 1.9 CEUs (Various levels; Professional area).

Presenter Disclosures

New This Year
A Record-Keeping Process for Everyone!

e-file your continuing education hours for ASHA or just for NBASLH record-keeping using the new e-file system.

It’s Fast, Easy and Electronic, Saving You Time!

No more standing in line to turn in your CE Records! You will be able to enter your session attendance information into the NEW e-file system at your convenience. Yes, that means you can update your on-line CE record after each session, at the end of a day or from the comfort of your couch after the Convention. Access to your on-line CE record is unlimited until you select “I’m Done-Submit” and generate your Certificate of Attendance.

Deadline to report your hours earned is May 4, 2015

Detailed instructions on how to submit your CEUs on-line will be provided at Convention in your On-Site Program.