Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Student Research Seminar

The SLHS Student Research Seminar will be taking place on Tuesday, April 13 from 6-7:45 on Zoom, with featured guest speaker Dr. Symen Brouwer, "Global Health Disparities with a Focus on Administration of SLP Care."

Keynote Address: Global Health Disparities with a Focus on Administration of SLP Care Five decades of cross-cultural research has brought together a mountain of differences in nearly every domain of human functioning, including accepted mechanisms of thought and reasoning, expression of emotion, interpersonal relationships, and social organization. An implication of this reality is that two persons in two different cultural contexts can have two completely different outlooks on life and anything they see themselves capable of coordinating. In this talk, the concept of contextualization will be further excavated and linked to developmental aid that emanates from Western contexts and targets development in the Global South. Examples from research in Eastern and Southern Africa on psychological wellbeing and disability are used to illustrate the need for more inclusive approach to the design and delivery of public health interventions. Global disparities in administration of speech pathology care are also still an important factor that limits access to evaluation and therapy resources for individuals with communication disorders in many countries. Main causes and consequences of these inequalities will be described, and a map of the global regions with less available speech pathology services will be presented.



Date: April 13, 2021

Time: 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Meeting ID: 969 6803 4313




6:00-6:05 --Welcome from the SLHS Chair, Jenny Roberts
                   Acknowledgment of student research

6:05-6:10 --Student Speaker Introductions, Patrizia Bonaventura

6:10-6:20 --Undergraduate Student Research:
                   Supporting a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse CSD Community at Hofstra University
                   Julie Grzybowski, Ashley McDonough, Erin Kim, Mason Pfendler, and Gabriella Polito

6:20-6:30 --Graduate Student Research:
                   Speech Intelligibility in Children with Speech Sound Disorders
                   Estie Szczupakiewicz

6:30-6:40 --Follow-up Question & Answer Period

6:40-6:45 --Featured Speakers Introduction, Julie Case

6:45-7:25 --Featured Speakers:
                  Global Health Disparities with a Focus on Administration of SLP Care
                  Dr. Symen Brouwer and Dr. Patrizia Bonaventura

7:25-7:35 --Follow-up Question & Answer Period

7:35-7:40 --Closing Remarks, Patrizia Bonaventura

About our Speakers

Dr. Symen Brouwer, Research Scientist - UNICEF
Dr Symen A. Brouwers is a psychologist and the lead researcher of the Social Norms & Disability project at the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. He received a PhD in Cross-Cultural Psychology from Tilburg University. Dr. Brouwer is working in Eastern and Southern Africa, to shape a vision on disability that includes culture, prejudice, and economic factors, to create meaningful learning spaces in which traditional ways of thinking can bedisentangled and shifted. An example of his work on the impact of culture on access to health care services in Namibia.

Dr. Patrizia Bonaventura, Assistant Professor Hofstra University
Dr. Bonaventura is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences, and holds a PhD in Speech-Language Science from the The Ohio State University. She also holds an M.A. in Cognitive Science at the École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales and Université Paris VIII, Paris, France. Dr. Bonaventura has worked as a speech scientist and a phonetician for eleven years in the field of speech technology, in the domain of multilingual speech synthesis and recognition, collaborating with national and international labs and companies. After obtaining her PhD at The Ohio State University in 2003, she has worked in different universities, researching on movement coordination in motor speech control. She currently directs the Hofstra Speech Science Lab and carries out research on Voice quality in children with autism.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021



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