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Dear Members,


Welcome to spring! I hope your spring breaks have all been rejuvenating.  Spring is when I reflect on goals set in the new year. Often, I am excited about the progress that I have made, and sometimes think “how did I let that go?”. But ultimately, I remind myself to be pleased with the accomplishments and continue to set my sights on reimaging the future. 
I am looking forward to seeing many of you next month for the annual meeting and conference. I am thrilled with so many amazing topics this year, including the choices of pre-conference sessions and the plenary sessions. I am always thankful for this conference as it gives me renewed energy to finish the semester strong. I am excited for the opportunity to be together and connect with you.
Hoping to see you in Orlando,

Jennifer P. Taylor



Meet Heidi Verticchio, Conference Planning Committee Chair

Heidi has 25 years of experience working in higher education. During this time, her duties have included supervising students, teaching, advising, and administration. She is currently the Clinic Director and Director of Advisement in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University. Heidi's primary responsibilities include managing the business operations of the on-campus Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic. Additionally, she is the academic advisor for graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology.


Heidi is serving her last year as chair of the Conference Planning Committee for CAPCSD. The role of this committee is to plan and develop the annual CAPCSD conference held in the spring. Since attending her first CAPCSD conference in 2009, Heidi has volunteered in several capacities for CAPCSD. Outside of work, she enjoys being outside, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


CAPCSD Announces the

Slate of Candidates for 2023


CAPCSD is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2023 elections. Program directors will receive the slate on Saturday, April 15th, and vote on behalf of their programs; they are encouraged to solicit input from their faculty, clinic directors, and staff before voting. Elections close on Monday, May 1st and results will be announced the week of May 8th.

Candidate for President-Elect

Candidate for Secretary

Katie Strong, Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Associate Professor


Three (3) year term
July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 President-Elect
July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025 President
July 1, 2025 - June 30, 2026 Past-President

Christie Needham, M.A., CCC-SLP
Baldwin Wallace University

Director of Clinical Education


Two (2) year term
July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025

VP of Online Professional Development Appointment

CAPCSD is pleased to announce that Erin E.G. Lundblom, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has been appointed the new VP of Online Professional Development. Erin has served on the Online Professional Development Committee most recently as chair. Read more about Erin on the website.


We look forward to welcoming Erin to the Board of Directors on July 1, 2023. 


Admissions Corner

Many programs have contacted the CAPCSD Admissions Committee seeking information regarding admissions trends in CSDCAS this year, most often due to concerns regarding a decrease in the number of applications for their program. In response, we have conducted an analysis of the current state of CSDCAS applications at both the national and program levels. Our analysis concerned a “snapshot” of CSDCAS applications on February 22, 2023, from the current 2022 – 2023 cycle, and as a point of comparison, CSDCAS applications on February 22, 2022, from last year’s 2021 – 2022 cycle. We provide the analysis for you here.

As always, please feel free to reach out with feedback on how CAPCSD can help facilitate your admissions process.

Rachel Theodore

VP of Admissions


Megan Woods

Director of Centralized Admissions



CFCC Liaison Update


Kevin McNamara
VP of Clinical Education

I attended the ASHA Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC) meeting on January 27th and 28th as an invited liaison. An update of CAPCSD activities and initiatives was provided, including information on our work as an organization to support diversity, equity, and Inclusion, and our ongoing efforts to develop and expand evidence-based, culturally responsive materials and resources to support CDS academic and clinical education. CSDCAS application trends in AuD and SLP programs were reported. An update about our upcoming conference was shared, as was an update of our work to revise a guide to essential functions for students in CSD educational programs.


CFCC topics of relevance to CAPCSD members included updates to standards governing audiology preceptor qualifications and SLP Clinical Fellow implementation language. The CFCC continues to examine the status of the Clinical Specialty Certification program, with plans to survey ASHA membership about interest in and feedback about the program. The Assistant Certification program continues to gain momentum. A crosswalk of CFCC and CAA standards for audiology programs has been completed and is under review prior to dissemination. More information about the work of the CFCC can be found here.  


As CAPCSD members, I invite you to take advantage of our liaison relationship with the CFCC to share input and concerns from your programs.  Feel free to contact me at VPCE@capcsd.org with your comments and questions.


Ph.D. Scholarship 2019 Recipient Highlight

I am extremely grateful to have received a CAPCSD Ph.D. scholarship in 2019. This scholarship came as a real boon at a time when I felt overwhelmed by the demands of advanced coursework and research. This award facilitated my progression toward graduation, helped me focus on getting the most out of my doctoral experience, and allowed me to take advantage of the time I had with my doctoral mentor, Dr. Preeti Sivasankar.


With the help of the CAPCSD award, I developed and completed my dissertation research and prepared manuscripts for publication. Following graduation in 2021, I accepted my current postdoctoral research position working with Dr. Susan Thibeault at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My post-doctoral research program focuses on the evaluation and treatment of pediatric voice disorders. I hope to contribute to our understanding of how dysphonia and other upper airway conditions present in children - as well as explore how treatment and evaluation of these disorders can be optimized in this population.


Receiving the CAPCSD award at such a crucial time in my doctoral program enabled the successful completion of my Ph.D. and made my current position possible. I will always be grateful that I received the support of CAPCSD at this early point in my career.

Robert Brinton Fujiki, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

 Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Surgery, Division of

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery


Program Spotlight

Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? In honor of this designation, we would like to spotlight one of our member programs' efforts to serve this special group. Salus University offers a virtual community book club for adults with communication impairments called Read Between the Lines. This club meets every other week and allows both the clients and the clinicians to learn, grow, and experience an increased level of shared community and engagement. On behalf of CAPCSD, the Social Media committee thanks the students and faculty at Salus for going the extra mile for those we serve!  

Spotlight Your Program!


Every month is designated as the national month for many groups that speech-language pathologist and audiologists serve.  CAPCSD would like to recognize programs who go above and beyond to serve these special groups.


Tell us a little bit about what your program does for these special groups. We would love to highlight your program on our social media pages.


April is the national month for the following:

  • Autism Acceptance
  • Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness
  • Counseling Awareness
  • Parkinson's Awareness
  • Paralyzed Veterans Across America

Email Matt Carter, Media Strategy Committee, by Tuesday, March 21st and share information about your program - mdcarter@valdosta.edu. We look forward to hearing from you. 


Call for Resolutions 

The Board of Directors gathers input on issues of importance to the membership of CAPCSD throughout the year.  If you, individually or in concert with colleagues, have ideas or issues that you believe the Board of Directors should address, please formulate, and submit a resolution for consideration. Resolutions may be submitted by any member program or individual of a member program. Submitted resolutions will be discussed at the next regularly scheduled board meeting unless a quorum is not met. 


Resolution Format 

Title: Brief descriptive title for the resolution
Background: A sequence of logically ordered “Whereas” statements.
Resolved: Detailed description of proposed position, action, investigation, initiative, etc. that the resolution sponsors would like the Board of Directors to pursue.
Sponsored by: Name(s) and program affiliations of the resolution sponsor(s). 


Submission Process

Submit a resolution any time during the year by email or USPS to:

Deborah Ortiz, Executive Director 


CAPCSD, P.O. Box 929, Indian Hills, CO 80454-0929 


Upcoming Events

IPE/IPP Information Exchange Session 4
Building Capacity for Integrative IPE Experiences within a

Community Service Learning Framework

Tuesday, March 22, 2023

7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. ET

Speaker: Renée J. Bogschutz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP

IPE/IPP Webinar - Save the Date!

Thursday May 23, 2023

7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. ET

Speaker: Danika Pfeiffer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

More information and registration coming soon.