SCSD Undergraduate Student Published in Seminars in Speech and Language Journal

SCSD Student Kaia Stevenson, alongside Dr. Kelly Farquharson, has been published in the Seminars in Speech and Language journal. Their work will also be presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention this November.

Their article, titled, “Which speech sound norms are used in US public schools? A retrospective survey analysis,” is a study almost three years in the making. Stevenson started working with Dr. Farquharson in 2019, doing data analysis and coding from a previous study in her lab. She continued working with Dr. Farquharson into 2020, and in the fall of 2020 she began working on her Honors in the Major Undergraduate Thesis with Dr. Farquharson as her thesis director. Stevenson told CCI, “Dr. Lindsay Dennis and Dr. Lakiesha Johnson served on my committee and were instrumental in getting my thesis to where it needed to be. I successfully defended my Undergraduate Thesis in April of 2021 and over the summer I worked with Dr. Farquharson to get a revised version of my thesis published in a peer-reviewed journal. Our work has now been published in the Seminars of Speech and Language journal.” Stevenson is a current senior studying communication science and disorders. After graduating with her undergraduate degree in the spring, she plans to enter a graduate program in speech language pathology.

“A lot of hard work went into this, and it is very exciting to have the work published in Seminars of Speech and Language,” Stevenson told CCI, “I am so grateful that Dr. Farquharson was willing to help me and get this article to the point of being able to have it published. It means a lot to me that this small project I started almost 3 years ago has turned into this large of an experience.”

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