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Dear CAPCSD Members,


I am looking forward to our 43rd Annual Conference next week! 
The program is full of sessions that promise to engage your mind and spark your imagination. Our plenary sessions on Stress Management and Mental Wellness in Academia and Examining DEI Through the Lens of BIPOC Students are both sure to generate ideas and stimulate conversations with your colleagues throughout the conference. 
Many of the sessions will provide useful information that attendees can bring back to their programs, spark discussions on campus, and inspire change - reimagining your curriculum, sustainability, creating inclusive environments, improving your admissions process, and the always popular problem-solving and information exchanges. Our hope is that the content of this conference will benefit all members, even those that can’t join us in person. 
The CAPCSD conference is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with old friends and build connections with new ones. On behalf of the Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee, we look forward to seeing you there!


Jennifer P. Taylor



Click below for a message from Tricia Montgomery, VP of Professional Development.


CAPCSD Announces the 2023 Scholarship Recipients

CAPCSD is proud of its longstanding financial investment in the future leaders of our profession. We received a substantial number of applicants in each of the scholarship categories: Ph.D., Plural Publishing Research doctoral and masters’ level, and the Frances J. Laven Service Award. We are pleased to congratulate the winners!


We couldn’t have completed this process without the diligent service provided by a cadre of over 60 reviewers representing programs across the country. We thank them for their commitment and effort in this process.

Congratulations to all our scholarship awardees!  

Ph.D. Scholarships

  • Kimberly Dahl, Boston University
  • Rahul Krishnamurthy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Holly Lind-Combs, The Ohio State University
  • Marianne Casilio, Vanderbilt University
  • Jiayin Xing, Northwestern University
  • Rachel Arkenberg, Purdue University
  • Daniel Talian, Gallaudet University
  • Kathryn Kreidler, University of Texas at Dallas

Plural Publishing Research Scholarships

  • Mary Kate Buchheit, Vanderbilt University
    Master's Award
  • Carly Schimmel, University of Colorado Boulder Doctoral Award

Frances J. Laven Service Award

  • Charlotte Hilker, University of Iowa

IPE/IPP Update

The CAPCSD IPP/IPE Committee focuses on supporting CSD programs as they develop, implement, and grow their interprofessional education practice and programs. The IPE/IPP Committee has had a busy year. In addition to revamping web resources on the IPE/IPP webpage, the committee conducted a series of four virtual Information Exchanges aimed at providing opportunities for networking and collaboration between member programs around issues related to IPE/IPP. The session recordings are available on the IPE/IPP webpage. 


The IPE/IPP Committee is also collaborating with the Online Professional Development Committee to offer an IPE/IPP focused webinar at no cost for members. Dr. Danika Pfeiffer, Towson University, will speak about Designing and Measuring Interprofessional Education Experiences for School-based Collaborations. See the Upcoming Events below for a link to the registration. 

As always, your input and suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to email me at vpraa@capcsd.org. I look forward to hearing from you.  

Shuba Kashinath

VP of Research and Academic Affairs


Admissions Corner 

The annual CSDCAS Applicant Data Report for the 2021-2022 cycle is now available! Check out the trends in applicant demographics and metrics, and see comparisons of accepted vs. denied applicants. With data on over 11,000 applicants annually, this report contains a lot of rich admissions information.

Nearly 80% of all SLP and Audiology programs in the country are using CSDCAS for their graduate admissions. If your program isn’t yet one of them, now is a great time to consider joining for the 2023-2024 cycle. The established programs that joined CSDCAS this year all saw an increase in the applications they received – a 41% average increase for SLP programs and a 101% average increase for Audiology programs. Plus, it is free for your university to participate! Contact Megan Woods at mwoods@capcsd.org to set up a demonstration and learn more about how CSDCAS can help your admissions process.   

Rachel Theodore

VP of Admissions


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

Megan Woods

Director of Centralized Admissions



Program Spotlight

Did you know that April is the national month for:

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

In honor of this designation, we would like to spotlight five of our member programs' efforts to serve these special groups.


Spotlight Your Program!


Did you know that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month? Our friends over at ASHA have a number of exciting social media activities planned to celebrate this month and we encourage all of our followers to head over there and check them out.  


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


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


May is the national month for the following:

  • ALS Awareness
  • Brain Cancer and Brain Tumor Awareness
  • Foster Care
  • Cystic Fibrosis Awareness
  • Get Caught Reading

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


Upcoming Events

CAPCSD Business Meeting
Saturday, April 15, 2023

8:00 - 9:00 A.M. ET

Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek


Meeting the Challenge of Leading in Academia: Raise your Leadership Lid
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
7:00 - 8:30 P.M. ET

Speaker: Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Designing and Measuring Interprofessional Education Experiences for

School-Based Collaborations

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. ET

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

CSD Education Survey

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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

Speakers: Judy Blackburn, Ph.D., CCC-SLP & Loretta M. Nunez, M.A., Au.D., CCC-A/SLP

More information and registration coming soon.