UMass Professor Mary Andrianopoulos Receives Fulbright to Teach and Conduct Research in Greece

AMHERST, Mass. - Mary V. Andrianopoulos, associate professor of communication disorders at the University of Massachusetts, has received a Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research at the University of Athens in Greece during the 2002-03 academic year.

Andrianopoulos says she will teach a course she developed at UMass in the department of cognitive science at the University of Athens. The department is an interdisciplinary program that includes faculty and researchers in the fields of psychiatry, neurology, psychology, cognitive science, education, signal processing, the humanities, and computer science, she says. Andrianopoulos specializes in clinical voice disorders, motor speech disorders, neurological bases of speech and language disorders, and differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders.

In addition to teaching, Andrianopoulos says she will be conducting research into the use of objective measurements to determine the relationship between perceptual features and differential representations of acoustic signals with Stella Vosniadou, who chairs the department of cognitive science.

"Since my training and area of expertise as an academician and research scientist in the U.S. are highly specialized, I will have the opportunity to contribute to the mission of the basic and applied science program at the University of Athens with respect to training graduate students, to improve the competitiveness of the Greek scientific workforce in European and International communities," Andrianopoulos says. In addition, she is a first generation Greek-American and is fluent in Greek.

Andrianopoulos joined the University in 1995. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1979 and a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Utah in 1983 and 1988, respectively. She also completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in 1988-90. Andrianopoulos served as an inpatient coordinator of speech pathology services at Massachusetts General Hospital and was a clinical consultant of otolaryngology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and was a adjunct faculty member at Harvard University’s medical residency programs in otolaryngology and neurology in 1990-92.

The Fulbright program was established in 1946 and is named after the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.