What made you choose the CDS field?
I was drawn to the field of communicative disorders and sciences due to the variety of settings for clinical work. As a speech-language pathologist, there is so much room to find your niche or to grow and expand your skillset to different populations. I enjoy having the choice to work in a medical setting, school setting, or both!
Why UB? Why did you choose UB for your undergraduate or your graduate program? What stood out to you, what did you like or anything different UB offered compared to other programs?
I chose UB for my graduate program due to the respected and caring clinical staff. UB clinical staff possess a wide area of expertise, which allowed me to gain clinical experience with a range of adult and pediatric populations. Additionally, I chose UB due to the potential to work with exceptional research faculty and pursue a research project of my own.
How has your time at UB prepared you for your current endeavors?
The excellent clinical experiences I received at UB allowed me to compete for selective fellowships throughout the country. I felt confident working clinically due to these experiences, in addition to the strong educational background I received at UB. Apart from clinical work, I am also grateful for the research opportunities I received at UB, which have prepared me for my future academic endeavors.
Where are you now? Please note your work location and what you do.
I recently completed my clinical fellowship with a dysphagia specialty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison UW Health Hospital. I am currently practicing as a speech-language pathologist at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and as a research assistant at the Communicative and Assistive Device Laboratory at UB. I am planning to pursue a PhD in communicative disorders and sciences in the near future.