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Three Boys Town Research Projects Receive ASHA Award


Thursday, September 23, 2021

​Three Boys Town Research Projects Receive the Distinguished Editor's Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

To have one researcher paper recognized for this award is impressive, but we are extremely proud to announce that three publications by four Boys Town researchers have received the Editor's Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Congratulations to Lori Leibold, Director, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Hearing Research; Heather Porter, Ph.D., Research Scientist at the Human Auditory Development Laboratory; Karla McGregor, Director of the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning; and Krystal Werfel, Ph.D., Research Scientist III, Written Language Laboratory, for receiving this highly esteemed award.

“We are honored to be recognized for our collaborative work, and hope that it shines some light on the communication challenges children face in noisy environments such as classrooms.," said Dr. Leibold.

Receiving an Editor's Award is one of the highest honors an individual can receive. It is presented to the editor's choice of the most commendable single article appearing in each journal in 2020. Winning articles are selected by the editorial team, including the editor-in-chief, based on experimental design, teaching-education value, scientific or clinical merit, contribution to the professions, theoretical impact, and/or other indices of merit.

“Being recognized by leaders in my profession is an honor but being recognized for work that was a product of my heart as well as my brain...even more so," said Dr. McGregor. “I am passionate about raising awareness of Developmental Language Disorder and maybe this award will shine a bit of light in that direction."

“We are honored to be recognized for this work addressing the complexities of literacy intervention for children with hearing loss and hope that this award will help to inspire and advance other research that addresses this critical issue," stated Dr. Werfel.

The following articles by Boys Town researchers were selected for this award:

Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Editor-in-Chief: Holly Storkel
How We Fail Children With Developmental Language Disorder
Karla K. McGregor

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research—Hearing Section
Editor-in-Chief: Peggy Nelson
The Clear-Speech Benefit for School-Age Children: Speech-in-Noise and Speech-in-Speech Recognition
Lauren Calandruccio, Heather L. Porter, Lori J. Leibold and Emily Buss

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups
Editor-in-Chief: Brenda Beverly
Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Print Knowledge in Preschool Children With Hearing Loss
Emily Lund, Carly Miller, W. Michael Douglas and Krystal Werfel

Congratulations to Dr. Lori Leibold, Dr. Heather Porter, Dr. Karla McGregor and Dr. Krystal Werfel on this prestigious award!