Academic Faculty

Katrina Fulcher-Rood, Ph.D., CCC-SLP                  Fulcher

Assistant Professor

W115 Thompson Hall
(716) 673-4890
Katrina.Fulcher@fredonia.edu

Education

Ph.D. University at Buffalo, 2013.  Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.  PhD in Communicative Disorders and Sciences Specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

M.S. University at Buffalo, 2009.  Communicative Disorders and Sciences
Thesis:  "Conversational Skills of Peer-to-peer Discourse in School Aged Children with Cochlear Implants and typically Developing Children"

B.S. Elmira College, 2007.  Speech and Language Disabilities.

Research and Work Experience

  • Communication and Assistive Device Lab, University at Buffalo
    • Projects:  Evaluation of web-based materials for academic writing, developing personas to inform AAC device design, utilizing conversation analysis to investigate interactions of persons with ALS
  • Speech Production Lab, University at Buffalo
    • Project:  Use of External Cueing to Treat Hypophonia in Parkinson's Disease
  • Motor Speech Lab, University at Buffalo
    • Project:  Intelligibility assessments for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Speech Perception Lab, University at Buffalo
    • Project:  Perceptual Investigations for Use of External Cueing to Treat Hypophonia in Parkinson's Disease
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, University at Buffalo Speech Hearing Clinic
  • Speech-Language Pathologist, Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center
  • Clinical Fellow, Communication and Assistive Device Lab, University at Buffalo

Research Interests:

  • Investigating how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices are used by individuals with complex communication needs and their communication partners during naturalistic social interactions.
  • Utilizing cognitive and human factors engineering methodologies in evaluating and developing AAC technologies and interfaces.
  • Examining social interactions of individuals with complex communication needs through Conversation Analysis methodology.
  • Studying effective literacy intervention techniques for individuals with complex communication needs who utilize AAC technologies.

Affiliations

  • American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Speech and Hearing Association of Western New York (SHAWNY)
  • New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA)

Statement

Katrina Fulcher's research and clinical expertise are in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She currently works with individuals who have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in order to understand how these individuals use AAC devices to communicate in their everyday lives. Ms. Fulcher also aims to develop computerized communication aids that will improve communicative performance throughout the individual's disease course. Katrina has had the opportunity to present her research at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally throughout her career. In addition, Ms. Fulcher teaches graduate and undergarudate classes in AAC, personal accounts of disability, introduction to speech-language pathology and audiology, and literacy. Ms. Fulcher is currently completing her dissertation work, where she is examining how individuals utilize the display screen of an AAC device during different communication tasks.

Publications

Subrahmaniyan, N., Fulcher, K., Huttchinson, T., Min, H., Seale, J., Bisantz, A., & Higginbotham (2013- accepted). Application of Personas in the Design of Augmentativeand Alternative Communication Devices. International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Stathopoulos, E., Huber, J., Richardson, K., Kamphaus, J., DeCicco, D., Darling, M., Fulcher, K., & Sussman, J. (2012-submitted). Increased Vocal Intensity due to the Lombard Effect in Speakers with Parkinson's Disease: Simultaneous Laryngeal and Respiratory Strategies. Journal of Communication Disorders.

Fulcher, K., Higginbotham, J., Lesher, G., & Moulton, B. (2012-in progress). Investigation of a Technology which Utilizes the Internet to Prime Word Prediction Dictionaries for Individuals with Complex Communication Needs.

Fulcher, K., & Higginbotham, J. (2011-in progress). Using Multiple Resources In AAC Mediated Conversations.

Fulcher, K. (2010) Comparison of the Sony Portable Reader System (PRS-700) and the Kindle II. Web published on www.aac-rerc.com

Fulcher, K. (2010). Determining the Usefulness of the Kindle as an AAC Device. Web published on www.aac-rerc.

Presentations

Fulcher, K., Higginbotham, J., Lesher, G., & Moulton, B. (July, 2012). Utilizing the Internet to Prime Word Prediction Dictionaries for Topic Specific Message Construction. Biannual International Symposium of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fulcher, K., & Higginbotham, J. (April, 2012). Utilizing Tablet Technology In A Therapeutic Setting. Presentation at the Annual New York State Speech Language and Hearing Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Fulcher, K., Williams, M., & Higginbotham, J. (November, 2010). Use of Electronic Paper Technologies in Face-to-Face Communication. Presentation at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Conference at Philadelphia, PA.

Higginbotham, J., Fulcher, K., Kirklannd C., & Min H. (November 2010). Developing Personas to Aid in AAC Design. Presentation at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Conference at Philadelphia, PA.

Kirkland, C., Higginbotham J., & Fulcher, K. (November 2010). Comparing Two Forms of the MRQ to Predict Task Performance. Presentation at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Conference at Philadelphia, PA.

Fulcher, K., & Higginbotham, J. (July, 2010). Multimodal AAC Use In Conversations Involving an Individual with ALS. Presentation at the 14th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Barcelona, Spain.

Ditkowsky, F., & Fulcher, K. (November 2009). Conversational Skills of Children With and Without Cochlear Implants. Presentation at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Conference at New Orleans, LA.

Tjaden, K., Lam, J., Sussman, J., Blackburn, S., & Fulcher, K. (2009). Acoustic Characteristics of Vowels in Dysarthria: A Comparison of Clear and Conversational Speech. 157th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.

Tjaden, K., Sussman, J., Szjata, E., Liu, G., Fulcher, K., Hilczmayer, B., Crumb, M., & Johnson, K. (2008). Acoustic Properties of Clear Speech in Dysarthria. 156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.

 


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