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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.

Statement

Katrina Fulcher-Rood'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. Dr. Fulcher-Rood also aims to develop computerized communication aids that will improve communicative performance throughout the individual's disease course. She currently is a co-principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health grant that investigates the ways to accurately diagnose language impairment in bilingual children.  In addition, Dr. Fulcher-Rood along with her research colleagues Dr. Anny Castilla-Earls and Dr. Jeff Higginbotham are conducting studies which investigate clinical decision-making and clinical expertise in speech-language pathology.  Katrina has had the opportunity to publish her work in a state journal and a book chapter as well as present her research at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally throughout her career. Dr. Fulcher-Rood teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in AAC, personal accounts of disability, introduction to speech-language pathology and audiology, and literacy. 

Research and Work Experience

  • Child Language Lab, Fredonia State University of New York, 2015- Present
    • Projects:  Evidence-based clinical diagnosis of specific language impairments in Spanish-speaking children
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication Lab, Fredonia State University of New York, 2012- Present
    • Projects:  Examination of social communication using conversation analysis techniques, understanding how speakers use screens during face-to-face interaction, and investigation of evidence-based practice
  • Communication and Assistive Device Lab, University at Buffalo, 2009-2013
    • 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, 2009-2011
    • Project:  Use of External Cueing to Treat Hypophonia in Parkinson's Disease
  • Motor Speech Lab, University at Buffalo, 2009-2010
    • Project:  Intelligibility assessments for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis
  • Speech Perception Lab, University at Buffalo, 2007-2011
    • Project:  Perceptual Investigations for Use of External Cueing to Treat Hypophonia in Parkinson's Disease

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.
  • Explore how speech-language pathologists make complex clinical decisions to understand and redefine how clinical expertise is used in evidence-based practice

Grants and Awards:

  • Faculty Summer Research and Creativity Award, 2015
    • Internal funding provided through Fredonia State
  • SUNY Tools of Engagement Project, 2015
    • Award given for being an outstanding peer mentor to colleagues participating in the SUNY Tools of Engagement Project
  • SUNY Tools of Engagement Project, 2014
    • 1st place award for the most pedagogically intriguing use of a tool of engagement
  • Mark Diamond Research Foundation, 2013
    • Grant Awarded through the University of Buffalo Graduate Student Association

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)

Publications:

 

Fulcher-Rood, K., Castilla-Earls, A., & Higginbotham, J. (2015). A reflection on clinical expertise:  Bridging the gap between research and clinical practice. The Communicator Official Journal of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 45 (3), 18-19.

Subrahmaniyan, N., Fulcher, K., Huttchinson, T., Min, H., Seale, J., Bisantz, A., & Higginbotham, J. Application of Personas in the Design of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices (2013). In Preceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 57(1), 1022-1026.

Stathopoulos, E., Huber, J., Richardson, K., Kamphaus, J., DeCicco, D., Darling, M., Fulcher, K., & Sussman, J. (2013). Increased Vocal Intensity due to the Lombard Effect in Speakers with Parkinson's Disease: Simultaneous Laryngeal and Respiratory Strategies. Journal of Communication Disorders, 48, 1-17.

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. (November, 2014). Utilization of AAC device screens by individuals with ALS and their communication partners. Presentation at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) National Convention, Orlando, FL.

Fulcher, K., Higginbotham, J., Lesher, G., & Moulton, B. (November, 2013).  Utilizing the Internet to prime word prediction dictionaries for topic specific message construction.  Presentation at the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) National Convention, Chicago, IL.

Fulcher-Rood, K. (May 2015). The mobile technology wave: How to utilize technology for individuals with limited movement to engage in functional communication. Presentation at the Assistive Technology Conference, Buffalo, NY.

Fulcher, K. (April, 2015). Physical access: Strategies for utilizing mobile technology for clients with limited mobility. Presentation at the Annual New York State Speech Language and Hearing Association Conference, Rochester, NY.

Fulcher, K. (March, 2014).  The mobile technology Frontier: Utilization and application of mobile technology for individuals with complex communication needs.  Presentation at the Fredonia State CDS Spring Speaker Series. 

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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