Recent PhD Alumni Erin Meier and Liz Heller Murray Earn Prestigious ASHA Awards

Liz Heller Murray
Liz Heller Murray
Erin Meier
Erin Meier

Each year, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) honors a select group of outstanding recent PhD graduates to receive the Award for Early Career Contributions in Research. This accolade is designed to acknowledge “significant scientific accomplishments by individuals” beyond their training. We are so pleased that this year, two alumni of our PhD program in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences have been honored with the award! Dr. Erin Meier (PhD, ’18) and Dr. Elizabeth Heller Murray (PhD, ’19) will be presented with this prestigious award at the ASHA Convention in Boston this November.

Dr. Meier is currently an assistant professor at Northeastern University where her research focuses on functional communication recovery in people with aphasia by better understanding the links between the brain, language, and behavior in real-world contexts.

Dr. Heller Murray is currently an assistant professor at Temple University; her research uses acoustic, aerodynamic, and perceptual methods to investigate vocal development in children with and without voice disorders.

Dr. Meier and Heller Murray join a prestigious list of former awardees that include another recent alumna of our program, Dr. Victoria McKenna (PhD, ’18). Dr. McKenna is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati whose research aims to increase access to clinical tools and improve the efficiency of diagnosis and treatment for voice and swallowing disorders.  SLHS faculty member Jenny Zuk is also a former recipient, as is Cara Stepp (in 2012)