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December 2017--The SCROLL Lab is sad to say a partial goodbye to Joanna Scoggins who has been a project coordinator in the lab for the past 3 years.  Joanna is moving on to a Clinical Faculty position in the COMD Department, so she's not going far.  She will be staying on in the lab one day a week for the remainder of the D2 project.  We will miss her!

September 2017--The SCROLL Lab pleased to announce that Dr. Suzanne Adlof has recently been awarded an ASHFoundation Clinical Research Grant.  This project will begin in January of 2018.  Congratulations Suzanne!

August 2017--The SCROLL Lab is welcoming a new PhD student, Anna Ehrhorn, this fall.  Anna most recently worked as an SLP in Ohio.  She earned her MS in 2014 from Bowling Green University, and her BA in 2012 from the University of North Dakota.  Welcome Anna! 

April 2017--Congratulations to all of the SCROLL lab members who have graduated this school year!  Lindsay Mandel graduated with her B.A. in Experimental Psychology in December 2016.  Claire Parman and Lauren Bazemore graduated with thier M.S.P (Master's of Speech Pathology) degrees in May 2017.  Leslie Lancaster graduated in May 2017 as well with her M.C.D (Master of Communication Disorders).  Amanda Harris graduated in May 2017 with her B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  We wish you all well as you take your next steps!

April 2017--The SCROLL Lab was well represented on Discovery Day with presentations by undergraduate and graduate students alike.  Amanda Harris presented on her Magellan.  Claire Parman, Hailey Harty, Britnee Goldman, Mary Collins Halligan, Maeva Alexander, Lauren Bazemore, Brooke Charping, and Brooke Murdock all presented research associated with their Master's research projects.

March 2017--Congratulations to Joanna!  Joanna Scoggins, a project coordinator in the SCROLL Lab, participated in the American Speech-Language and Hearning Association's Leadership Development Program.  She finished this course and graduated in March 2017.

March 2017--Alison Hendricks has been a post doctoral fellow in the SCROLL Lab for several years and has just been offered and accepted a faculty position at the University of Buffalo.  Congratulations, Alison!

December 2016--Joanna Scoggins, a project coordinator in the SCROLL Lab, graduated as part of the Fall 2016 Gamecock Research Administrators Network Training (GRANT) program.

October 2016--The SCROLL Lab congratulates Emily Fisher!  She has been named a Honors College Exploration Scholar.

August 2016--The SCROLL Lab is proud to announce that Amanda Harris, has been named a Magellan Scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Congrats, Amanda!

August 2016--DictionarySquared, a project on which Dr. Adlof is the Principal Investigator was featured in a Arnold School of Public Health news update.

June 2016--Congratulations to SCROLL Lab Member, Sheida Abdi, for successfully defending her Graduate Dissertation! 

April 2016--Congratulations to team members Hannah Patten, Sheida Abdi and Ellen Ashley who earned their Masters in Speech Pathology and Madison Goehring and Laura Fleming for receiving their Bachelor’s degree this Spring. We will miss you all! 

January 2016--Four team members presented posters at the COMD Graduate Research Day, “Testing the Validity of a Web-Based, Checklist Assessment of High School Vocabulary Knowledge” by Sheida Abdi, “Evaluating the Accuracy of Classroom Screens for Dyslexia and Language Impairment: Replication and Extension” by Alyssa Ives and Ellen Ashley, and “Existing Vocabulary Knowledge, Nonword Repetition, & Novel Word-Learning in Children” by Hannah Patten.

August 2015--Graduate Research Assistant, Sheida Abdi was awarded the 2015 Students Preparing for Academic -Research Careers (SPARC) Award from ASHA. The goal of the SPARC Award is to foster students' interest in PhD education and academic research careers, in support of the PhD pipeline in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).

June 2015-- On June 25th Dr. Adlof welcomed Thomas Jay Lewis (6lb, 7oz) and Aidan Frederick Lewis (6lb, 11oz) into the world. The family is doing well!

May 2015-- Collaborators from across the country convened here in the SCROLL lab at USC for a DictionarySquared project meeting to discuss grant progress, potential new collaborations and future plans.

April 2015-- Dr. Alison Hendricks was awarded a postdoctoral ASPIRE-I grant for her research on dialectical variation and language ability in children. Additionally, Dr. Adlof and co-investigators Dr. Jane Roberts and Dr. Jessica Richardson were awarded an ASPIRE-III grant to purchase a mobile lab to be equipped for eye-tracking and other research with special populations.

April 2015-- Congratulations to team members Julie Byard (who received an award at hooding ceremony), Sarah Mallon and Sheneka White who earned their Masters in Speech Pathology and Pooja Adarkar, Faith Baumann, Alex Cattano, Rebecca Duross for receiving their Bachelor’s degree this Spring. We will miss you all!

April 2015-- Rebecca Duross and Alex Cattano received first place for their poster titled, “Screening for Dyslexia and Language Impairment in Second Grade Classrooms”.

April 2015-- Two team members presented posters at Discovery Day, “Examining Improvement in Narrative Skills Following Literacy Instruction for At-Risk Students” by Alex Cattano, and “Screening for Dyslexia and Language Impairment in Second Grade Classrooms” by Rebecca Duross and Alex Cattano.

April 2015-- Dr. Adlof & Dr. Hugh Catts published an article “Morphosyntax in Poor Comprehenders” in Reading and Writing.

March 2015-- The SCROLL Lab celebrated the spring semester with a tailgate and baseball game at Carolina Stadium.

February 2015-- Dr. Adlof, Dr. Alison Hendricks, Sheneka White, and Rebecca Duross presented Language and Literacy Tips for Parents of 2nd and 3rd Grade Students at the Calhoun County Family Literacy Night at Sandy Run School.

December 2014-- Alex Cattano received a Magellan Scholar grant to complete a research project entitled “Examining Improvement in Narrative Skills Following Literacy Instruction for At-Risk Students.” Congratulations, Alex!

November 2014-- Members of the SCROLL Lab contributed seven presentations at this year’s ASHA convention in Orlando, Florida. See “Recent Presentations” for titles and links to handouts.

November 2014-- Dr. Adlof was awarded the Early Career Contributions in Research award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association

November 2014-- Dr. Adlof, Dr. Angela McLeod, Gina Crosby-Quinatoa, Joanna Scoggins, and Spencer Babb presented Strategies to Enhance Literacy and Language for Students of All Ages at the Calhoun County Family Literacy Night at St. Matthews School.

September 2014--The SCROLL Lab kicked off a new school year with a trip to City Art to paint decorations for our new lab.

August 2014--Alison Hendricks successfully defended her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Language Sciences and German Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Dr. Hendricks!

July 2014--Seven proposals from SCROLL Lab members were accepted for the 2014 ASHA Convention to be held in Orlando in November. Stay tuned for more updates from our Word Learning, DictionarySquared, and Summer Literacy projects!

July 2014--Dr. Suzanne Adlof, Dr. Allison Randell, and Hannah Patten recently traveled to Santa Fe, NM to attend the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading and share recent findings from the Word Learning and DictionarySquared projects in three presentations.

July 2014--Dr. Suzanne Adlof was awarded the Rebecca L. Sandak Young Investigator Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading during the annual conference.

June 2014--The SCROLL Lab recently moved with the rest of the COMD Department into a new space in the Keenan Building in downtown Columbia, SC. We are enjoying our new surroundings!

May 2014--The SCROLL Lab received a new grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation for “Get Cocky and Read” in Calhoun County! We will kick off the second year of this project off at the Calhoun County Public Library next month. Our focus for this project is to provide summer literacy instruction for pre-K thru first grade students and to provide instruction to parents on promoting literacy at home during the school year. This project is in collaboration with Cocky’s Reading Express.

April 2014--Congratulations Sheida Abdi for winning first place in her division at Discovery Day 2014! She presented some preliminary findings from her Magellan sponsored vocabulary assessment study.

April 2014--SCROLL team members and Magellan Scholars, Sheida Abdi, Spencer Babb and Hannah Patten presented research posters at USC Discovery Day.

April 2014--The SCROLL Lab celebrated the end of the school year with a tailgate and baseball game at Carolina Stadium. Congratulations to master’s graduates Leah Hunt and Caroline Smith and undergraduates Spencer Babb, Alyssa Ives, Sheida Abdi, and Hannah Patten.

March 2014--We had a blast attending “Cooking with Books, a Nutritional Literacy Program” with Ms. Patricia Moore-Pastides at Sandy Run School in Calhoun County this month. This was the last Getting Ready to Read with Cocky parent event for the season.

March 2014--Congratulations to Sheida Abdi who was awarded a Magellan Scholar Grant to assist with our vocabulary study! Sheida will be comparing a newly developed web based assessment with established measures of vocabulary in adolescents and young adults.

February 2014--Dr. Adlof presented at the South Carolina Speech-Language Hearing Association in Charleston, SC with faculty co-authors as well as lab members Caroline, Leah and Allison M. The title of the presentation was “Literacy Interventions Revisited: Moving Up the Treatment Research Ladder”. 

February 2014--This month’s parent event for the Getting Ready to Read with Cocky Grant was:  Dollars & Cents: Financial Literacy at Calhoun County Library. SCROLL Lab team presented on how to build comprehension skills at home.

January 2014--This month’s parent event for the Getting Ready to Read with Cocky Grant was:  Race to Read (Fitness) at St. Matthews School. SCROLL Lab team presented on how to encourage phonological awareness and decoding skills at home.

November 2013--Magellan Scholar, Hannah Patten, and Dr. Adlof presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago, IL. This poster presentation was titled, “Existing vocabulary knowledge, nonword repetition, & novel word-learning in children”. Dr. Adlof also presented in “Thinking about a Phd?” a joint symposium for individuals considering pursuing a research doctorate in communication sciences and disorders.

November 2013--This month’s parent event for the Getting Ready to Read with Cocky Grant was: Cocky Goes Green: Environmental Literacy at Sandy Run School.

October 2013--Our research was recently featured in an article on the Arnold School of Public Health website. 

October 2013--This month’s parent event for the Getting Ready to Read with Cocky Grant was: Read for your Health at Calhoun County Library. SCROLL Lab team presented on how to facilitate language development at home. 

September 2013--SCROLL is excited to welcome two new staff members to the team. Post-doctoral Fellow, Dr. Allison Randel, Psy.D. will be the assessment manager for our lab and Elaine Miller, program manager, will assist in data collection and data management and oversee the administration of our grants.

September 2013--This month’s parent event for the Getting Ready to Read with Cocky Grant was: Back to School at St. Matthews School.  SCROLL Lab team presented on how to make the most of reading with your child. 

August 2013--Post testing for the Getting Ready to Read with Cocky study is complete! We had such a great summer providing literacy interventions in Calhoun County. 

July 2013--The “Developing an Online Tutor to Accelerate High School Vocabulary Acquisition” study was funded by the Institute of Education Sciences!

July 2013--Dr. Adlof gave a presentation at the Society for Scientific Study of Reading in Hong Kong.  The talk was titled: “Literacy and lexical quality: Acquisition of new word forms and meanings during word learning.”

June 2013--The “Word Learning in Language and Reading Impairment Subgroups” study was funded by the National Institute of Health!

May 2013--The “Getting Ready to Read with Cocky” grant proposal was awarded! We are kicking the project off and conducting screenings at the Calhoun County Public Library this month.

April 2013-- Congratulations to Hannah Patten and Spencer Babb who were awarded a Magellan Scholar Grants to assist with our word learning and vocabulary studies! Hannah will be testing how well children's existing vocabulary knowledge and nonword repetition skills predict their ability to learn new vocabulary words. Spencer will be examining how perceptual factors influence nonword repetition performance in children and adults. 

December 2012-- Logan Judy was awarded a Magellan Scholar grant to conduct the study “Prediction During Sentence Comprehension by Children.” This study uses event-related potentials (ERPs) to examine how children’s brains process language in real time. Logan is being mentored by Dr. Adlof and Dr. Justine VanDyke.

December 2012-- Two research projects from the SCROLL lab were featured at the 2012 COMD Research Festival. Megan Gentry and Brianne Leftwich presented data from the 2012 Preschool Summer Literacy Study in their poster, Comparing Two Language Interventions with Three Assessments to Determine Narrative Retell Growth. Meredith Hope and Adrienne Low used an extant dataset for their poster, Efficiency vs. Accuracy: Examining Nonword Repetition as an Indicator of Language Impairment. 

November 2012-- Two SCROLL lab research projects were presented at this year’s American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Adlof presented a talk entitled “Grammatical Skills of Poor Comprehenders” within the joint symposium, Comparing grammar assessments across clinical and at-risk populations. Dr. McLeod & Dr. Adlof also presented data from the 2012 Preschool Summer Literacy Study in a poster, Efficacy of story retelling interventions on at-risk children’s listening comprehension.

August 2012-- Dr. Adlof was awarded the Advancing Academic Research Careers award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

August 2012-- The SCROLL lab teamed up with USC Speech and Hearing Research Center faculty and graduate students to host a booth and offer speech, language, and hearing screenings at EdVenture’s Countdown to Kindergarten event. Over 160 families visited our booth, and 10 lucky families received free children’s books from our drawing.

July 2012-- Dr. Adlof presented a research poster at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading in Montreal, Canada with co-authors Dr. Marc Fey (University of Kansas Medical Center) and Dr. Hugh Catts (University of Kansas). Oral and written narratives in poor decoders and poor comprehenders: An examination of length, grammaticality, and quality.

June 2012-- Dr. Adlof presented a research poster at the annual Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders (SRCLD) in Madison, Wisconsin. Word-to-text semantic integration in children: An auditory ERP study, co-authored with Dr. Charles Perfetti from the University of Pittsburgh.

April 28, 2012-- The SCROLL Lab and Dr. Finneran's Language Development Lab hosted a booth at EdVenture's "Week of the Young Child" event. We enjoyed sharing information about language and literacy development and meeting parents and children from Columbia and nearby areas.

April 6, 2012-- Dr. Adlof was awarded an ASPIRE-I grant to fund a new study of word learning in primary grade students.

April 3, 2012-- Congratulations to lab member, Melanie Crouch, who was awarded a Magellan Scholar Grant to assist with our preschool summer literacy study!

March, 2012-- Congratulations to lab member, Leah Hunt, who was accepted into the Master of Speech Pathology class of 2014!