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Sacred Heart’s College of Health Professions Service Learning Trip to Guatemala

‌January 26, 2015
Six SLP students and two faculty members just returned from a week in Guatemala as part of Sacred Heart’s College of Health Professions service learning trip. This year, for the first time, SLP joined teams from Nursing and Physical Therapy to offer services in various communities. Our mission in Guatemala was to support literacy enrichment by reading and writing with children. Thanks to generous contributions of Spanish language books from Lectorum, Read to Grow, Santillana, and Scholastic, we were able to donate nearly 400 books to children and schools in Guatemala. As the photos illustrate, the experience was rewarding and worthwhile for all participants. 

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SHU Graduate Students Assist in Expanded Preschool Program in Bridgeport

Read feature story in the Connecticut Post

Rhea Paul Receives Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, has conferred its highest award, the Honors of the Association, on SLP Department Chair, Rhea Paul. The SHU SLP Department is privileged to have two ASHA Honorees on its faculty, Dr. Paul, and Adjunct Professor Robert Shprintzen.

The Honors of the Association recognizes members for distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and is the highest honor the Association bestows.Honor of the Association recognize individuals whose contributions have been of such excellence that they have enhanced or altered the course of the professions. Honorees are individuals who are well-known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching or other distinguished professional contributions.

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Prof. Rhea Paul Keynote Speaker at Moscow Autism Conference

Prof. Rhea Paul gave the keynote address at the International Research-to-Practice Conference on Autism, in Moscow, Russia on June 2, 2014. The conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Moscow State University, and the Autism Speaks Foundation. It was aimed at increasing access to rehabilitative services for children with autism and their families.

Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, Third Edition

The third edition of Rhea Paul's bestselling core textbook, Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, Third Edition, has been released.  The book has been thoroughly revised and based on updated ASHA standards. Click here for more information

SLP Program awarded candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American  Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

The Speech-Language Pathology Program at SHU was awarded Candidacy, the first stage of Accreditation awarded by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American  Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This status is awarded to new  programs that demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation as outlined in CAA’s Standards Compliance Continuum, for an initial  period of five years. It allows the program to matriculate and graduate students who, upon successful completion of the program, will meet all requirements for national certification and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists. 

Professor Rhea Paul was interviewed on WFSB, Channel 3 in Hartford, talking about the use of iPads in speech therapy.

Rhea Paul Interview on WFSB about use of iPads in speech-language therapy

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Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

The SLP program at SHU was recently awarded the designation of “Readiness” for candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. This is the first step toward Candidacy and Accreditation of our Master’s Degree Program. We are on target for our anticipated start date of Fall, 2014!

Health Science Advisory Dyan Atkins talks with SHU students about the new program in Speech-Language Pathology
Health Science Advisory Dyan Atkins talks
with SHU students about the new program
in Speech-Language Pathology

Sacred Heart's Speech-Language Pathology Program was licensed by the Connecticut State Office of Higher Education! Undergraduate prerequisite courses will be offered in the Fall of 2013, with the graduate program anticipated to open in Fall of 2014.

Applications are now being accepted for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to complete undergraduate prerequisites for entry into a Master's Degree Program. Contact Program Director Rhea Paul for more information.

Sacred Heart University to Celebrate Opening of Center for Healthcare Education

August 4, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest technology and modern features there this fall. The official unveiling will be Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., and health-care workshops and lectures will take place throughout the year to celebrate the new facility and inform the community about the importance of health care.

Sacred Heart University Awards Tenure, Promotions

April 18, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has awarded tenure to nine faculty members, seven of whom also earned promotions. In addition, seven additional members were promoted.

Two Professors Receive Naclerio Awards for Research

October 11, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University professors Robin L. Danzak and Jessica Samuolis recently received the 2016 Naclerio Faculty Scholars Program Awards for upcoming research projects. Richard and Barbara Naclerio share a common vision with the University of cultivating academic excellence through innovative research projects. They created the award to support the efforts of up-and-coming SHU faculty leaders, bestowing two grants of $12,500 each year.

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Culture Chameleon is a blog about multiculturalism, multilingualism, and Prof. Robin Danzak's adventures as a Fulbright scholar in Padua, Italy.