News

October 21, 2022

SPHHS researchers including Andrew Lover and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), a Communication Disorders collaboration with ServiceNet and Springfield College, and Wouter Hoogkamer and Amanda Paluch (Kinesiology) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus; problem gambling; rehabilitative care; marathon running and steps per day for optimal health.

October 6, 2022

Adults 40 years and older are needed for a hearing study of how aging affects speech understanding in noisy backgrounds.

Speech language pathologists Meaghan Golightly, Lisa Sommers and Michael Starr
September 27, 2022

The collaboration between ServiceNet’s Enrichment Center in Chicopee, and its Strive Clinic in Holyoke—day programs for adults with brain injury caused by trauma or medical conditions—and its partners at Springfield College and the UMass Amherst Department of Communication Disorders is being honored with a "Healthcare Heroes" award by BusinessWest. Their partnership has been recognized for its innovative approach to providing patients with outstanding rehabilitative care while helping train the health care professionals of tomorrow.

ADVANCE faculty program logo
September 27, 2022

Five SPHHS faculty members – Sara Mamo (Communication Disorders), Liz Evans (Community Health Education), Katherine Reeves (Epidemiology), Katie Potter (Kinesiology), and Zhenhua Liu (Nutrition) – are among the 44 UMass Amherst faculty selected to the 2022-2023 cohort of ADVANCE Faculty Fellows.

Aerial view of flooding in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Fiona
September 26, 2022

Communication Disorders doctoral student Ada López González has organized an emergency relief effort to help those affected by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico. The hurricane caused widespread destruction and catastrophic flooding on the island, cutting off access to running water and spurring island-wide power outages.

September 23, 2022

SPHHS researchers including Andrew Lover and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Jacquie Kurland (Communication Disorders), and Gloria DiFulvio (Health Promotion and Policy) and Public Health Sciences major Hellen Muma comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and monkeypox; problem gambling; stroke and aphasia; and the public health course "The Epidemic of Loneliness."

September 8, 2022

Associate Professor of Communication Disorders Jill Hoover has begun recruiting children for a national study to advance the understanding of language and cognition in childhood language disorders. She is recruiting children from several age groups and clinical populations: children with typical development, ages 3 to 6 years old; children with Developmental Language Disorder, ages 4 to 6 years old; and males with fragile X syndrome, ages 9 to 16 years old. 

August 24, 2022

SPHHS researchers including Andrew Lover, Nicholas Reich, and Rachel Volberg (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Jacquie Kurland (Communication Disorders), Alicia Timme-Laragy and Laura Vandenberg (Environmental Health Sciences), Elizabeth Evans (Health Promotion and Policy), and Stuart Chipkin, Wouter Hoogkamer, Amanda Paluch, and the UMass Amherst Biomechanics Lab (Kinesiology) comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and monkeypox; problem gambling; stroke and aphasia; PFAS and other environmental contaminants; opioid treatment and interventions; gun violence; endurance running; walking and fitness; and running shoe design.

Cyclists riding in the Stroke Across America journey
August 10, 2022

The UMass Amherst Stroke Support Group will host its annual event to raise community awareness for stroke and aphasia on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts. This year, the group welcomes the Stroke Across America "Journey for Recovery" team, a group of cyclists who have been pedaling their way across America, spreading awareness about stroke, aphasia, and traumatic brain injury, and the long road to physical and emotional recovery and rediscovery of one’s identity.

Communication disorders staff, students and families at the APDA Optimism Walk
June 24, 2022

A team from the Department of Communication Disorders recently participated in the Massachusetts Optimism Walk, raising nearly $2000 to support Parkinson's disease research and awareness.

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