skip to main content columnskip to left navigationskip to horizontal navigation

Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

News & Events

Interprofessional Education in Costa Rica! 

Four SLP students participated in the CCRHS inaugural international interprofessional learning experience with University Santa Paula in Costa Rica in March 2019. (07/01/18)

Costa Rico 2018

Read the news report here:

Johnson City Press

Kingsport Times News

Costa Rican Times

Congratulations to Dr. Chaya Guntupalli for her article titled “Metabolic Mechanisms of Vocal Fatigue” which was voted as the best SLP paper published in the Journal of Voice in 2017. At the same award ceremony Heather Smith’ (May 2018 graduate ) presentation on " Vocal Health: Awareness and Perceptions in Undergraduate Vocal Music and Theatre Majors" received an honorable mention for Best Student Paper Award at the 47th Annual Symposium- Care of the Professional Voice in Philadelphia on June 2, 2018! (07/01/18)

Chaya & Heather award

Dr. Brenda Louw was an invited international guest speaker at the 12th Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Conference, held in Sydney, Australia May 4-6,2018. She co-presented a paper with her esteemed colleague, Dr. Linda Vallino from Nemours/Alfred DuPont Hospital In Wilmington, Delaware, entitled “ Transition of Care for the Young Adult with Cleft Lip and Palate: Stuck between Goodbye to the Pediatric Team  and hello to Adult-Centered Care” and another paper on” A new perspective on the Outcomes of Children with Cleft Lip and Palate: Application of the ICF-CY”.(05/16/18)

Celebrating 40 years

In honor of Dr. Brenda Louw's 40 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist, the first year Speech-Language Pathology students surprised her with a donation to Smile Train. Smile Train is an international children's charity that provides surgery to children who are born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate in developing countries. Their donation will pay for a child to receive corrective surgery in her name!  For more information about Smile Train, please visit their website.

Smile Train Gift


The Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) is a federal grant that Dr. Brenda Louw and Dr. Lynn Williams received to fund opportunities to encourage cross-cultural competence among ETSU SLP graduate students. 

In 2011 the first of five groups traveled to Brazil to live, study, participate in various clinics, and conduct research with a cross-cultural emphasis. The final group of students who traveled to Brazil under the FIPSE grant was in 2015. They participated in clinics of all varieties (pediatric, NICU, acute, outpatient, inpatient, free clinics, aphasia group, Cleft Lip and Palate Hospital) with many different populations (school age, voice, aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, CLP, apraxia, language, speech etc.) while working under caring Brazilian professors and alongside friendly Brazilian students[LB1] .

[LB1] Unfortunately the FIPSE grant has come to an end, but Dr. Louw and
Dr. Williams continue to collaborate with faculty in Brazil and have future plans of a study abroad course in Brazil.

Please view the 2015 FIPSE slideshow here.

"Clinical observations and social interactions with new friends, at both UFSM and USP, are something I will treasure for the rest of my life."

"The experience I received, friendships I gained, and knowledge I have gathered though being a FIPSE Fellow, is something I would not change for the world."

"The most important takeaway from my Brazil experience is culture or tradition does not implicate superiority or inferiority." 

"My time there has infiltrated my personal and professional perspectives, my view of familiar and foreign cultures, and my future professional goals."

"My time in Brazil broadened my acceptance of the cultural differences I experienced there and informed my future clinical practice in working with diverse cultural backgrounds."

icon for left menu icon for right menu