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UW-Madison Alumni/Alumnae

Elizabeth (Tatty) Bartholomew, M.S.

Tatty Bartholomew is completing an MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders this spring. She is looking forward to see what life after graduation has in store for her!

Ruby Braxton, M.S.

Ruby Braxton received her MS degree in 2014. Her thesis was about "Relationships among non-mainstream American English, vocabulary size, and lexical processing efficiency in preschool-aged children." She is completing her Clinical Fellowship at the Waisman Center and will be working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in both the Augmentative Communication Aids and Systems Clinic and the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic.

Nicole Breunig, M.S.

Nicole Breunig received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2011, with a thesis on "Does the production of final consonant clusters by African American English-speaking children predict their comprehension of Standard American English?" She received her Master of Science degree in 2014.  She is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist working through the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD.

Hyunju Chung, PhD

Hyunju Chung received her PhD in 2011, with a dissertation about Evidence of fine phonetic detail in children and adults’ vowels: cross-linguistic production & perception studies. She is now a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include the cross-linguistic study of vowel developmental patterns, both in terms of production and perception.

Katerina Derdemezis, M.S.

Katerina Derdemezis received her bachelor's degree in 2011, with a thesis on "Gestural drift in Greek-English bilingual speakers' stop consonant productions." She received an MS in 2013 with a thesis on "Optimizing vowel formant measurements in CSL, Praat, TF32 and Wavesurfer for diverse speaker groups."  She is currently a speech-language pathologist in Columbus, OH.

Elizabeth Eitel, M.S.

Elizabeth Eitel graduates with an MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Following graduation, she will be working as an early childhood and elementary school speech-language pathologist for a school district outside St. Paul, Minnesota. Elizabeth’s Master’s thesis is about “The effect of quality and quantity of linguistic input and maternal educa-tion level on vocabulary development.”

Megan Flood, M.S.

Megan Flood attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison for undergraduate and graduate school. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Teaching English as a Second Language in 2013, and in 2015 received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. During graduate school, Megan completed a thesis on "Quality versus quantity: An investigation of the impact of home language and maternal education level on young children's vocabulary size." She is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship Year as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in the Kettle Moraine School District.

Rebecca Hatch, M.S.

Rebecca Hatch is completing her MS in Com-munication Sciences and Disorders. After graduation, she will be working and conducting home therapy for a pediatric private practice called Silicon Valley Speech in Santa Clara, CA. Her Master’s thesis was entitled “Effect of vowel context on the accuracy of sibilant fricative production in children with cochlear implants as compared to normal hearing peers.”

Allison Holt, M.S.

Allison Holt received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. During her time there she worked as a paraprofessional at a group home and school for children with severe developmental disabilities, developing an interest in communication. She continued her education at UW-Madison, completing a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is currently working as a Speech-Language Pathologist with the Lake Geneva School District in Mukwonago, WI.

Mia Kim, M.S.

Mia Kim graduates from UW-Madison with an MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She plans to finish her clinical fellowship program in a school-based position, with a focus on clinical practice for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She completed a Master’s thesis on “Acquisition of /r/-/w/ con-trast by preschool children.”

Eunjong Kong, PhD

Eun Jong Kong was a postdoctoral researcher in the Waisman Center for two years after receiving her PhD from Ohio State with a dissertation about The Development of Phonation-type Contrasts in Plosives: Cross-linguistic Perspectives.  She is now an assistant professor in the English department of the Korean Aerospace University.  She is interested in how language-specific phonetic details affect both first and second language acquisition. Currently she is investigating individual differences in speech perception among adult bilinguals and monolinguals using various tasks such as Visual Analogue Scaling and Anticipatory Eye Movement.

Kayla Kristensen, M.S.

Kayla Kristensen graduated from UW-Madison with her B.A. in Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders in Spring 2013 and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in Spring 2015. Kayla completed a Master's thesis entitled "Relating decreased acoustic contrast to decreased speech intelligibility: Perceptual consequences for children with cochlear implants." Kayla is currently completing her Clinical Fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology at the Waisman Center within the Newborn Follow-up Clinic, Down Syndrome Clinic, Feeding Clinic, and Neuromotor Development Clinic. Her research interests include identifying intervention strategies to support communicative competence for persons with complex communication needs

Daria Lawrence, M.S.

Daria Lawrence received her Bachelors of Science degree from Jackson State University in 2012. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from UW- Madison in 2014. She is currently working with school-aged children in the Shelby County School District in Memphis, TN.

Brittany Manning, M.S.

Brittany Manning received her MS degree in 2012. Her thesis was about " TALK (Talk and learn for kindergarten): Enhancing dialect knowledge and pre-literacy skills in preschool children." She is currently a speech-language pathologist in Chicago, IL.

Michelle Minter, M.S.

Michelle Minter received her MS degree in Speech-Language Pathology from UW-Madison in 2015.  She is currently working as an SLP at St. Clare Hospital and St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, WI through Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.  She enjoys serving a varied caseload of inpatients and outpatients across the age span.

Alissa Schneeberg, M.S.

Alissa Schneeberg received her MS degree in 2013. Her thesis was about "Online lexical processing in a diverse group of preschool children." She is currently a speech-language pathologist in Madison, WI.

Ryan Sovinski, M.S.

Ryan Sovinski received her MS degree in 2011. Her thesis was about "Perceptual validation of an acoustic robustness of contrast measure." She is currently a speech-language pathologist in Henderson, NV.

Emilie Sweet, M.S.

Emilie Sweet received her MS degree in 2009.  Her thesis was about "Nonword repetition accuracy of children with cochlear implants." She is currently a speech-language pathologist in Shawnee, Kansas.

Asimina Syrika, PhD

Asimina Syrika received her PhD in 2009. Her PhD dissertation was about "Consonant cluster acquisition in Greek: Evidence from transcription, perception, and psychoacoustics." She was a postdoctoral researcher for a while at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas before returning to the north, where she is currently studying for her clinical MS degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Emily Wagner, M.S.

Emily Wagner received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison She will receive her Master’s in 2016 through the Speech-Language Pathology program at UW-Madison. Pertinent to her interest in children with complex communication needs, Emily is currently working on a thesis researching behavior phenotypes in children and adolescents with Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome. Emily plans to complete her doctoral program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guidance of Dr. Audra Sterling.