Sargent News

“The Dyslexia Paradox” featuring research from Prof Tyler Perrachione

SARFACULTY(12/21/16) Assistant Professor Tyler Perrachione quoted.

“…results suggest that dyslexic brains have to work harder than ‘typical’ brains to process incoming sights and sounds, requiring additional mental overhead for even the simplest tasks. ‘What was surprising for me was the magnitude of the difference. These are not subtle differences,’ says Perrachione. The extra brainwork might not be noticeable most of the time, but it seems to have a singularly prominent impact on reading.”

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Profs Named Among “100 Influential People” in Occupational Therapy

In honor of the OT Centennial, celebrating the 100th year of both the Occupational Therapy professional and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the AOTA has named the “100 Influential People” who influenced OT’s 100 year history.

coster-for-websiteSARFACULTYSargent Professor and OT Department Chair Wendy Coster and Clinical Professor and PP-OTD program director Karen Jacobs are among the list of influencers.

Coster is an AOTA Fellow, a member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and a recipient of the A. Jean Ayres Research Award,

Jacobs is a former AOTA president and vice president and was the founding editor of the journal WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.

Both Jacobs and Coster are past recipients of the prestigious Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship.

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Boston Magazine: “Seven Healthy Resolutions You Can Start Right Now”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(12/8/16) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

“Research suggests that routinely eating soup, specifically chicken soup, before a meal can help reduce hunger and increase that feeling of fullness,”

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SLHS Students & Alums Receive ASHA Foundation Awards

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association‘s ASHFoundation awarded funding earlier this month to three Sargent College Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences students and two alumni. Awards included prestigious research grants and “Early years” scholarships. ASHFoundation funding allows “talented individuals to not only pursue immediate goals, but to continue to make a meaningful difference for years to come.”


Erin Meier, a postgraduate student, was awarded the New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship for her project “Structural and Effective Connectivity of Reorganized Language Networks in Aphasia.” The New Century Scholars Research Grant supports innovative investigations by individuals who are committed to teacher-investigator careers in the university or college academic environment or in external research institutes or laboratories.

sabrina-horvathSabrina Horvath, a postgraduate student, was awarded the Student Research Grant in Early Childhood Language – supported in part by Arlene and Noel Matkin Memorial Fund – for her project “Verb Learning Mechanisms in Late-to-Talk Two-Year Olds.” Doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders desiring to conduct research in early childhood language development are eligible to compete for this grant for a proposed 1-year study. 

Rachael Campbell
, a graduate student, was awarded the ASHFoundation Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes masters or doctoral students in communication sciences and disorders who demonstrate academic achievement and promise. Four endowed scholarships give special priority to disability, international, minority, and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association member students.

karen-chenauskyKaren Chenausky, a recent BU alumna, received the ASHA Foundation Clinical Research Grant for her project “Identifying Signs of Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Minimally Verbal Children with Autism.” The grant supports scientists with a research doctorate within the discipline of communication sciences and disorders to support investigations that will advance knowledge of the efficacy of treatment and assessment practices. She currently works in the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

teresa-grayTeresa Gray, a recent BU alumna, received the New Investigators Research Grant for her project “Bilingual aphasia: the intersection between lexical access and control mechanisms.” She currently works at San Francisco State University.

U.S. News & World Report: 9 Creative Gifts for the Health Junkies on Your List

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(11/29/16) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

“I want a Yonanas. This magical machine turns 100-percent fruit into a scoop of a creamy, ice cream version of itself – without having to add sugar and cream. Add a cup of frozen pineapple chunks into the machine and presto! You get a creamy swirl of pineapple sorbet. Ditto for other frozen fruit. Santa, send me one. I have been very good this year.”

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U.S. News & World Report: 6 Mealtime Hacks to Prevent Overeating on Thanksgiving

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(11/22/16) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake shares six tips that can keep you from overeating, while still thoroughly enjoying your Thanksgiving meal. Her list includes advice regarding eating times, portion size and alcohol consumption.

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The Guardian: “The robot suit providing hope of a walking cure”

Professors Terry Ellis, Louis Awad, and Ken Holt assist researchers at the Harvard Biodesign Lab – working experts in electronics, mechanical engineering, materials science and neurology – to create an ingenious, low-tech way to boost walking: the soft exosuit.

“Designing robotic devices that target specific joints just hadn’t been done before,” says Harvard Professor Conor Walsh. “People had only looked at constructing a full-leg exoskeleton. We are targeting just one joint, not a whole leg. Crucially, in the case of strokes, it is the one that is often most badly impaired. Also, we have managed to keep our materials very light and easily wearable. Simple is best. That is our mantra.”

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BU Today: Mandy Yao (SAR’20) hopes to repay kindness to her and her family

(11/11/16) BU Today features physical therapy student Mandy Yao (SAR’20) who hopes to repay people’s kindness to her and her family. The Menino Scholar hopes to become a travel therapist and one day open her own clinic.

“My mom taught me over the years that kindness has its own cycle,” she says. “When you give your kindness to somebody, that kindness will come back to you. And I could not agree more.”

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U.S. News & World Report: “4 Healthy Recipes Packed With Fall Flavors”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(11/10/16) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake offers advice in incorporating spices into your meals to help you live longer and happier. She focuses on cinnamon, sage, turmeric and ginger, providing health benefits and four easy recipes to try out.

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Yahoo News: “9 surprising things you can do to sleep better at night”

for-website-Joan-Salge-Blake(11/7/16) Clinical Associate Professor Joan Salge Blake quoted.

Expert quote:

You know that post-turkey tryptophan nap we all love? You can get that feeling by enjoying some cottage cheese and bananas about an hour before bed.”

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