Saint Louis University

Two faculty members were recognized at the 2012 ASHA Convention. Travis Threats, Ph.D. received the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contribution in International Achievement. This award is designed to recognize distinguished achievements and significant contributions in area of communication disorders, revealing great international impact from their work. Deborah Hwa-Froelich was awarded Fellow. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the Association bestows. To be awarded Fellow, the nominee must have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.


Travis T. Threats, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. His primary scholarly work has been with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth (ICF-CY). He has been the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) representative liaison to the WHO since 1999 and was the primary contributor to the communication, hearing, and swallowing sections of the ICF. He is an invited member of the ICF Collaboration Workgroup. This workgroup was formed by a consortium of federal health care agencies for the purpose of establishing WHO's ICF as a federal standard for describing the functioning of persons with disabilities in electronic medical records. He currently is the co-Principal investigator for a 1.5 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense to develop a computerized coding system using the World Health Organization's ICF for veterans who have suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in order to document their difficulties
and better evaluate functional health outcomes. He has also published and presented internationally on
his two other scholarly interests: evidence based practice and rehabilitation ethics. He has given over 25
talks at international conferences, including being an invited keynote presenter in Chile, Greece,
Slovenia, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. 

Deborah Hwa-Froelich is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and
Disorders. Since 2005, she founded, directed and presently consults for the International Adoption Clinic
at Saint Louis University; she is also the primary author for Supporting development in internationally
adopted children, a book published by Paul H. Brookes that describes the current research on children
adopted internationally and provides clinical referral and treatment guidelines for parents and
professionals. Dr. Hwa-Froelich has research interests in socio-cultural, socio-economic and social
emotional effects on communication development. Most of her research projects have been funded by
external and internal grant funding, such as National Institutes of Health- National Center on Minority
Health and Health Disparities, Region wise and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.
In addition to receiving ASHA Fellow, she received the ASHA Diversity Champion award in recognition of
her research with and support for persons from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In
addition, because of her research with and clinical service for children adopted internationally and their
families, she received the Louis M. DiCarlo award for clinical achievement, the Missouri Outstanding
Clinician award, and the Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute Angel in Adoption award. She has
published over 50 articles and book chapters and given over 100 presentations including international
presentations in China, the UK, and the Netherlands.