The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AHSA) honored two individuals with the Early Career Contributions in Research Award at their annual conference in Orlando last month. University of South Carolina’s Dr. Suzanne Adlof, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, was one of them. Dr. Adlof earned this distinction in recognition of what she has been able to accomplish in the five short years since she graduated with her doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2009.
Immediately following graduation, she added a postdoctoral fellowship with renowned reading researcher Dr. Charles Perfetti to her already impressive CV that she built during her graduate program: three first-author publications and a predoctoral fellowship with the National Institutes of Health.
Since joining the Arnold School of Public Health in 2011, Dr. Adlof has secured funding to continue her research in language development and disorders, reading acquisition and disorders, reading and language deficit subgroups, word learning, and early identification and intervention. She is currently the principal investigator on three funded projects that she directs through her research lab known as SCROLL: South Carolina Research on Language & Literacy Lab, where she empowers Arnold School students to build their own clinical and scientific careers.
In fact, ASHA specifically highlighted Dr. Adlof’s dedication to her students in presenting her with the award. As the organization’s spokesperson explained, Dr. Adlof is “a mentor, already training the next generation of scientists, some of whom have already received their own funding.”
ASHA’s Early Career Contributions in Research Award recognizes significant accomplishment by individuals in the early stages of their careers (within five years of receiving the doctoral or other terminal degree) who are under contract with a higher education or other institution conducting research in communication sciences and disorders. Visit ASHA to learn more.