Audrey L. Holland, Ph.D. to Deliver Inaugural Meredith E. Drench Lecture at BU Sargent College

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(Boston) – Dr. Audrey L. Holland, Professor Emerita of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona, will be the guest speaker at the inaugural Meredith E. Drench Lecture Series at Boston University (BU) College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College on April 28. Her lecture will address “Psychosocial Consequences of Stroke: Issues and Possible Solutions.”

Dr. Holland’s areas of expertise include working with adults who have aphasia and other neurological disorders, aspects of aging, and counseling individuals with disabilities. She has published over 125 research articles, clinical tools, and textbooks, including Counseling in Communication Disorders: A Wellness Perspective.

Dr. Holland has served on several councils that addressed issues faced by individuals with communication disorders and special disabilities. The recipient of several prestigious awards in her field, she has also acquired extensive training as a life coach and is committed to increasing the quality of life for individuals with neurological disorders.

The Meredith E. Drench Lectureship Fund, established last year, is Sargent College’s first endowed lecture series. Dr. Drench established the fund to share her passion and belief in “compassionate rehabilitation” of the whole person. A behavioral specialist who emphasizes communication, ethical empowerment, and collaboration, Dr. Drench works to bridge the fields of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial behavioral sciences.

This event is free and open to the public. The first annual Meredith E. Drench Lecture will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. at BU College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA in Room 101. All attendees are invited to a reception following the lecture in the 2nd floor lounge.

Boston University (BU) College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is an institution of higher education, research and clinical centers whose premier academic programs prepare dynamic health professionals and whose research and leadership in the health and rehabilitation sciences strive to foster critical and innovative thinking to best serve the health care needs of society. As reported by US News and World Report, all professional graduate programs are ranked within the top 15% in the country. For more information and to learn about degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech, language and hearing sciences, health science, athletic training, and nutrition, visit