Saint Louis University

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will host the 40th annual Distinguished Lecture Series and Communication Science Summer Institute Monday, July 29, to Friday, Aug. 2, on the SLU campus.

Chris Dollaghan, Ph.D.

Chris Dollaghan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, professor at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, will be the featured speaker.

This course provides an expanded version of the framework known as evidence-based practice (EBP), in which credible evidence derived from clinical practice and from patients is identified and incorporated into clinical decision-making.

Participants will learn how to ask strong and answerable questions about evidence, how to find potentially valuable evidence, how to appraise evidence critically, and how to design, present and defend a strong and credible study of their own.

It has been designed to ensure that students in communication disorders demonstrate required knowledge and skills as outlined in the Standards and Implementation Guidelines for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in their respective areas.

About Chris Dollaghan:
A professor at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, Dollaghan is a co-director of the Pediatric Speech and Language Laboratory at the Callier Center. She is an ASHA Fellow and received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2012. Dollaghan studies both theoretical and practical issues surrounding communication disorders.

A number of her publications, including The Handbook for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders (2007), have focused on the sources and quality of evidence needed for clinical decision-making. She also chaired ASHA's Advisory Committee on Evidence-Based Practice from 2005-2007 and ASHA's Science Advisory Board from 2007-2012.

The course is open to graduate students in communication disorders, interested faculty and students at SLU and community professionals. Space is limited to 50 participants. Tuition is $1,090 (2 credit hours). The program is offered by 2.75 CEU's (intermediate level; related area)

For additional information, contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at 314-977-2939 or commdis@slu.edu.