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Psychology, Neuroscience Professor Awarded Grant for Autism Research

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on January 10, 2019

Ashley de Marchena, PhD, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, was awarded a $10,000 New Investigators Research Grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation during the recent 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, held November 15-17 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The New Investigators Research Grant supports preliminary studies from new investigators who have earned their doctorate degree within the last five years.

The funding will support Dr. de Marchena’s research into the way that children with autism contextualize language used by others during everyday social interactions. Specifically, the funding will allow her to collect pilot data on children, help secure a larger sample, introduce the subjects more tests and paradigms, and involve more students in the research.

“I am grateful for this grant as it will allow me to continue this research throughout the summer months which will be particularly important because we work with children,” said Dr. de Marchena. “We will be able to learn much more about this important issue, attract more children to participate in the study, and avoid having to pause our research.”

The ASHFoundation is a charitable organization that promotes a better quality of life for children and adults with communication disorders. The ASHFoundation is affiliated with ASHA and is part of the Association’s annual Convention ─ the most comprehensive development conference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)

The ASHFoundation supports innovators and sparks innovation in the communication sciences. We provide resources for promising researchers, students, and professionals exploring bold ideas and forward-thinking solutions to improve the lives of people with hearing, speech, language, and swallowing disorders. The ASHFoundation raises funds from individuals, corporations, and organizations to invest in ingenuity and empower innovators to chart new paths. We achieve this through research grants, scholarships, clinical achievement awards, and special programs.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing

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