Communication Sciences & Disorders
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi


2023 Fall Institute at Ole Miss

Dates: October 19-20, 2023

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We are excited to present the 2023 Fall Institute at Ole Miss! The Fall Institute will be held October 19-20 and is hosted by the UM NSSLHA Chapter and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi – Union Ballroom


MS Dept of Education CEUs will also be available. 



Returning this year – Student Day! Student Day is FREE for students!

** Student Day Seminars are NOT eligible for ASHA CEUs.



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Topics and Presenters


Audiology for the SLP – Haley Messersmith, AU.D., CCC-A


Haley Messersmith, Au.D.,CCC-A, is a clinical audiologist and is currently serving as VP: Audiology for the Mississippi Speech Language Hearing Association. Dr. Messersmith received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi and her Doctor of Audiology from Auburn University. Dr. Messersmith works as clinical Audiologist and Instructor for the University of Mississippi and as a contract based clinical Audiologist at Ear Nose and Throat Consultants of North Mississippi. Her clinical interests are hearing aids for both the pediatric and adult populations as well as assistive listening technologies. Dr. Messersmith resides in Oxford, MS with her husband and two daughters.

Financial disclosures:  employed by the University of Mississippi

Non-financial disclosures: none

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to interpret basic audiograms.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss the different types of hearing loss
  3. Participants will be able to describe the impacts of hearing loss on education.

Audiologists Role in the School/SLPs Role for Clients with Hearing Loss – Kimberly Ward, AuD, CCC – A

Bio: Dr. Kimberly Ward is an Associate Professor of Audiology at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she teaches graduate courses in the Doctor of Audiology program. Additionally, she provides audiological services to the pediatric population in the USM Audiology Clinic. Kim has served as President of the Mississippi Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Educational Audiology Association. She is a recipient of the MSHA Honors of the Association as well as the MSHA Clinical Achievement Award. She has served ASHA on numerous boards and committees and is co-chairing the 2024 ASHA Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Financial disclosures:  receives a fee as a speaker for Fall Institute

Non-financial disclosures: none

Learning Objectives:

1. To understand the effects of hearing loss in an educational setting, along with amplification devices

2. To discuss auditory skill development and goal setting for students with hearing loss.

3. To describe basic therapy techniques for treating students with hearing loss.

SLPs Serving Students with Hearing Loss – Tracy Pate MS, CCC – SLP

Bio: Tracy B. Pate, M.S., CCC-SLP, Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/ Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, has worked at Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 2000. For the past 30 years, she has worked exclusively with children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. She coordinates a program at ACH designed to develop functional listening skills and communication competence in this population. She received certification to practice Auditory-Verbal Therapy in 1998, which places her in a group of highly qualified individuals specifically training to teach listening and spoken language to young children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Financial Disclosures: receives a fee as a speaker for Fall Institute

Non-financial disclosures: none

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Learners will identify viable options in communication modality approaches to therapy provision.
  2. Learners will learn the framework for Auditory Verbal Therapy
  3. Learners will identify various resources available to them for treatment of deaf/hard of hearing children.

Can We Talk? Managing Difficult Conversations for Supervisors – Shari Robertson, PH.D, CCC-SLP 

Bio: Shari Robertson, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language, an ASHA Fellow and the 2019 President of ASHA. She spent twenty years practicing in the schools and twenty years as a professor in academia. Shari has published numerous articles, books, and clinical materials and presented hundreds of seminars at state, local, and international venues. She is committed to helping her colleagues thrive in their personal and professional pursuits and find their inner imaginologist.

Financial Disclosures: none

Non-Financial Disclosures: none

Learner Outcomes: 

  1. Identify the desired outcome of a difficult conversation with supervisees
  2. Discuss the steps in initiating and managing difficult conversations
  3. Develop an action plan to apply strategies to difficult conversations in your professional setting.

Fostering Inclusive Spaces by Addressing Implicit Bias – Jazmine D. Kelley


Jazmine D. Kelley is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a pre-medicine concentration as well as her M.S. in Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion from Mississippi State University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Higher Education where she studies the relationship between student success and institutional effectiveness for systemically excluded groups. Jazmine has an unwavering commitment to student well-being as well as diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice within higher education. She aspires to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of populations through the lens of community structures and health promotion practices. 

Jazmine is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Clinical Health Promotion and Wellness Coach, Certified Wellness Practitioner, Certified Physical Trainer, and independent author. She serves as the Diversity Education and Strategic Initiatives Director at the University of Mississippi. Jazmine also works as a Contractual Research Consultant for various research evaluation firms. During her free time, Jazmine enjoys reading, journaling, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Financial Disclosures: none

Non-Financial Disclosures: none

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the full spectrum of diversity, inclusive of visible and invisible aspects of identity
  2. Articulate the importance of addressing implicit bias
  3. Acknowledge a variety of bias-reduction strategies to address implicit bias & create inclusive spaces
  4. Integrate equity-based practices into institutional processes, policies, and procedures

Past Fall Institutes

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2022 – ETS – Test Taker Resource and Guidance, Clinical Fellowship Tips and Resume Building, Praxis Test Taking Strategies and Resources, Learning Differences and the Power of Early Literacy, You (PT), Me (ST) and OT makes 3: Thriving as a therapist in a multi-disciplinary clinic, The Spectrum of Communication, Navigating the Depths of Preceptorship, Supervision, and Mentorship, The Effects of Modified Multimodal Communication Treatment in People with Aphasia: A Case Study, How the Genetic and Neurological Data Changes Our Assessment and Treatment of Stuttering, What Does Ethics Mean in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology?, To Thrive or Just Survive: Airway Focused Dentistry, Speech-Language Pathologist Working with Diverse Populations, Optimizing Outcomes for Cochlear Implant Recipients Through Evidence Based Practice, Poster Sessions, Presentations by: Nick Bellack, ETS; Jill Glessner, MHS, CCC-SLP, EBS Healthcare; Latoya Roberts, M.S., CCC-SLP, TherapyEd; John Hodges, M.A., Sarah Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP; Theresa Rodgers, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, ASHA Fellow, Licensed SLP, EdS (Learning Disabilities); Hyejin Park, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Burklow, M.S., CCC-SLP; Maliah Wilkerson, M.S., CF-SLP; Ayanna Frederick, B.S., CSD; Madeline Zurbrugg, B.S., CSD; Ana Delgado, B.S., CSD; Greg Snyder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Carolyn Higdon, Ed.D, CCC-SLP; Lisa Baines, DMD; Davis Henderson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Kaitlyn Toner, Au.D., CCC-A

2021 – Early Intervention, Aural Rehabilitation, Myofunctional Disorders, Adult Cognitive Disorders, School-age Concussion Management, School Caseload Management, Poster Sessions,  Keynote Address by Dr. Tommie Robinson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Presentations by: Jenna Nassar, M.S., CCC-SLP; Rebecca Lowe, Au.D., CCC-A; Haley Messersmith, Au.D., CCC-A; Landon Wallis, M.S., CCC-SLP; Laura Wilson, Ph.D, CCC-SLP; Rachel Hildebrand, Ph.D., ATC/LAT; Dan Newman; Lisa Kathman, M.S., CCC-SLP; Sarah Bevier, M.S., CCC-SLP; Emily Culbertson, B.S., CSD; Mallory Robertson, B.S., CSD; Tyler Standland, B.S.,

CSD 2020 – AAC, Telepractice, and Research,  Kym Heine, M.S., CCC-SLP; Lauren Taylor, M.S., CCC-SLP; Lisa Geary, M.S., CCC-SLP; Sara Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP; Ying Hao, Ph.D.; CF-SLP, Greg Snyder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Peyton McKnight, B.A.; Ashley Manahan, B.A.; Hyejin Park, Ph.D., SLP; Vishakha Rawool, Ph.D., CCC-A; Melissa Reyes, B.A., CSD; Rebecca Bosley, M.S., CCC-SLP; Susan Loveall-Hague, Ph.D.; Kara Hawthorne, Ph.D.; Evy Hayes, B.A., CSD; Laura A. Mathews, Ed.S., CCC-SLP; Emma Kate Thome, M.S., SLP; Madeline Simpson, CSD; Kaitlyn Geringswald, CSD; Jessica Hall, CSD

2019 – Pediatric Language and Literacy Disorders, Let’s Get Ethical, and Supervising Generation Z, Gina Keene, M.S., CCC-SLP, Amy Livingston, M.S., CCC-SLP, Missy Schraeder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CALT, QI, Janie Magee, M.S., CCC-SLP, Lesley Mancini, M.S., CCC-SLP, Gina Jenkins, M.S., CCC-SLP, Josie Alston, M.S., CCC-SLP, Kim Ward, Au.D., CCC-A

2018 – Therapy with Teenagers Who Stutter: Facilitating Readiness for Change and the Plan to Accomplish It, Patricia Zebrowski, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

2017 – Evidence-Based Practice in School-Based Settings for Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, Jessica Dykstra Steinbrenner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

2016 – Missing Links in Academics, Missy Schraeder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CALT, QI

2015 – The Educationally Relevant Process: Assessment, Goals and Services, Perry Flynn, M.A., CCC-SLP

2014 – Tips and Techniques for Successful Articulation Therapy & Organize and Enhance Your Language Therapy, Char Boshart, M.A., CCC-SLP

2013 – Frontal Lisp, Lateral Lisp, Distorted R and Developing Carryover in Articulation Therapy, Pam Marshalla, M.A., CCC-SLP

2012 – “NETTING” FREE and EVIDENCE-BASED Information and Intervention Materials, Judith Kuster, M.S., CCC-SLP

2011 – It’s All about Word Study: A Multi-linguistic Approach to Literacy Instruction, Kenn Apel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

2010 – Practical Treatment Strategies for School-Age Children Who Stutter, J. Scott Yaruss, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

2009 – Enhancing Phonological and Metaphonological Skills of Children with Highly Unintelligible Speech: An Update, Barbara Hodson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP