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Instruction & Scholarship

Cheryl Vanderford, MPAS, PA-C 

Project Work to Help Fulfill SAMHSA PRAC-ED-PA

Physician Assistant Education Association

The purpose of this program is to expand the integration of substance use disorder (SUD) education into the standard curriculum of physician assistant education programs. Through the mainstreaming of this education, the ultimate goal is to expand the number of physician assistants to deliver high quality, evidence-based SUD treatment.

Project Period: 09/30/2020 to 09/29/2021

Total Award: $5,000


Phillip Gribble, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Central Appalachian Regional Education Research Center: Athletic Training

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

This project provides interdisciplinary occupational safety and health education for graduate students and occupational medicine residents; enhances the research skills of students and faculty in the targeted disciplines; encourages and conducts interdisciplinary research on a variety of occupational diseases and injuries; delivers continuing education, consultation and outreach to address environmental and occupational safety and health concerns; and translates research into prevention practice.

Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2024

Total Award: $710,064


Judy Page, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA, FNAP & Jane Kleinert, PhD, CCC-SLP

The Special Education and Communication Disorders - Interdisciplinary Training (SPEAC-IT) Project

U.S. Department of Education

This Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation project develops and implements a program designed to educate special educators and speech-language pathologists to collaborate in the development of effective communication systems for students with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities and complex communication needs.

Project Period: 01/01/2018 to 12/31/2022

Total Award: $1,153,016


Anne Olson, PhD, CCC/A & Sharon Stewart, PhD, CCC-SLP

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students: SUCCESS in Speech-Language Pathology

Health Resources and Services Administration

SUCCESS leverages and augments theour existing infrastructure, expertise, and retention resources to increase diversity in Kentucky’s speech-language pathology workforce. SUCCESS aims to 1) Target recruiting efforts to reach more educationally disadvantaged students from Kentucky, with a special emphasis on students from Appalachia, first generation college students, and under-represented minority students (URM); 2) Increase enrollment of educationally disadvantaged students, including URM students, each project year; and 3) Retain at least 85% of SUCCESS students through graduation.

Project Period: 07/01/2016 to 06/30/2020

Total Award: $1,593,799


Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SLP

Linking Kids to Speech-Language Pathologists (LinKS)

U.S. Department of Education

This project prepares 40 (8 each year) graduate-level speech-language pathologists in the effective utilization of telepractice, thereby increasing students’ access to speech-language services in rural Kentucky schools.

Project Period: 05/16/2016 to 05/15/2021

Total Award: $1,221,679

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