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Important ANCDS Directory Profile Updates

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ANCDS Executive Board – Call for Nominations

Dear ANCDS Members,

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2024 Honors of the Academy – Call for Nominations

The Honors Committee for the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) welcomes nominations of current members of ANCDS for the 2024 Honors of the Academy.

Nominees should be ANCDS members who have shown outstanding contributions to research, teaching, clinical innovations, and/or service in neurologic communication disorders.

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New Member Spotlight: Bridget Xia, M.S., CCC-SLP

1. What sparked your interest in joining ANCDS?

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ANCDS Proposed Bylaws Change – Membership Vote Needed

Dear ANCDS Voting Members,

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REDI Self-Study Course

REDI Self-Study Course

ANCDS Race, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Self-Study: Freedom of Discomfort

Course Materials Available: February 9, 2024
Course Materials Expire: December 31, 2024

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Course Description:
This self-study addresses perceptions of race, equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) within and outside of communication disorders. It also allows participants to reflect on their implicit biases and how this self-work will have a transformative influence on their work as clinicians, researchers, or leaders as they become an antiracist ally.


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2023 Annual Scientific Meeting Lecture Recordings

2023 Annual Scientific Meeting Lecture Recordings

Supporting Mental Health in Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Recordings Available: February 19, 2024
Recordings Expire: December 31, 2024

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Lecture: Navigating Mental Health in Speech-Language Pathology Practice


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Get Involved! ANCDS is Seeking Two New Committee Chairs for 2024

Get Involved: Embark on a journey of leadership and influence with two exciting roles available for the coming year!

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Add ANCDS Swag to your Holiday Gift List!

The ANCDS Merchandise Store is Now Open!

 (Just in time for the holidays) 

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Member Spotlight: Amy Kemp, Ph.D. CCC-SLP

1. What is your ANCDS role?  Why were you interested in this role?  What are you excited about related to this role?

I am the Social Media Lead for the Communication Committee.  I was excited to learn about this role because I am interested in, and research, implementation science.  The dissemination of research and making communication and community resources effective and efficient is a passion of mine.  ANCDS is a small, special community, and to be part of creating the online version of that was exciting.  I hope to meet member and committee needs by using social media to support, celebrate, and educate!


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Audrey Holland Tribute from Janet Patterson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

I believe, as I am sure many of you do as well, that in our careers, work, and lives, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, who built strong foundations that allow us to create new and exciting pathways, which in turn, will encourage the next generation of individuals — clinicians, researchers, persons with aphasia, family, and friends — to venture in even more unique and fulfilling directions.  Despite her diminutive stature, Audrey Holland had very broad and strong shoulders on which we all stand.  Everyone here today, and many people who could not be here, have been touched in one way or another by Audrey, as students, colleagues, mentees, clients, and most importantly, as humans.  We owe Audrey a debt of gratitude for the guiding light she has been to people living with aphasia and investigating aphasia.

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Audrey Holland Tribute From Pelagie Beeson, Ph.D., BC-ANCDS

Audrey came to the University of Arizona in the Fall of 1991 as a Professor and Department Head of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  Our department had just received NIH funding for the National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, and Audrey was one of the Principal Investigators.  I had completed my Ph.D. at Arizona the year before and was working as a Research Scientist for the Department of Neurology.  Good fortune came when Audrey called me before she arrived in town to ask if I would be interested in joining the Center research team — and that began our collaboration. 

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ANCDS Student Fellow Spotlight: Lilly Dennison

Name: Lilly Dennison (M.S. Candidate)
Program of study/Year in program: M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology candidate at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  I have now attended the program for over a year with expectations to graduate in May 2024.
University: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
ANCDS Fellow Mentor: Mary H. Purdy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
Area(s) of research, teaching, and/or clinical interest: The relationship between cognition and language in persons with aphasia



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ANCDS Student Fellow Spotlight: Courtney Jewell

Name: Courtney Jewell
Program of study/Year in program: Ph.D. Candidate, The Ohio State University, 4 years
University: Ohio State University
ANCDS Fellow Mentor: Sarah Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Area(s) of research, teaching, and/or clinical interest: Impact of psychosocial factors on post-stroke aphasia rehabilitation outcomes



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ANCDS Student Fellow Spotlight: Melissa Ugianskis, MPH

Name: Melissa Ugianskis, MPH
Program of Study/Year in Program: second-year graduate student at Portland State University working on a master's degree in the Speech and Hearing Sciences
University: Portland State University
ANCDS Fellow Mentor: Jose Centeno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Area(s) of research, teaching, and/or clinical interest: neuroplasticity and language recovery in aphasia



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ANCDS Membership Renewal Now Open for 2024!

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ANCDS Proposed Bylaws Changes – Vote Needed

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Members, Share Content for ANCDS Social Media Channels!

The ANCDS Communications Committee has created a Social Media Content Submission Survey for members to submit content to be posted on the official ANCDS social media channels.  ANCDS would like to feature research, articles, educational events/webinars/conferences, ANCDS members, and other relevant information for the ANCDS community and public.  ANCDS members may also able to advertise relevant research projects.  Please use this link to submit potential content.  The Communications Committee will contact you if more information is needed related to your submission.

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Vote Now for the 2024 ANCDS Executive Board!

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We want to hear from you! Take the ANCDS Member Survey by June 23.

Dear ANCDS Members,

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