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Up and Coming

College of Education & Human Development faculty receive grant funding throughout the year to conduct groundbreaking research that contributes to the field of education. Here are a few grant recipients and their most recent projects.

Mobile apps for treating voice disorders

Eva van Leer, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders, received $75,000 from the ASHFoundation to test an interactive mobile iOS application she developed for individuals who have voice disorders.

“The app provides interactive feedback regarding their voice quality so that they can better assess whether they’re using their voice with good technique,” she explained.

 Measuring stress in adults with language impairments

Jacqueline Laures-Gore, associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders‘ Communication Sciences and Disorders program, received $25,000 from the Healthcare Innovation Program/Atlanta Clinical and Translational Research Seed Grant Program to explore the clinical effects of stress and depression in adults with aphasia, a language disorder someone develops following a neurological event, such as a stroke.

Laures-Gore will work with colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Grady Memorial Hospital to identify markers of stress and depression in the speech signal of adults with aphasia. This research could provide a more accurate tool for healthcare professionals to use when diagnosing stress and depression in adults with language impairments, she said.

Studying couples’ humility

Don Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, received a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Templeton Foundation to develop and compare several observational measures of humility in couples.

In addition, it seeks to establish some of the social benefits of humility for relationships. For example, Davis and his team theorized that humility strengthens social bonds, buffers relationships from the strain of competitive traits and promotes long-term psychological and physical health. For more information about this research, visit http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2013/october-13/measuring-humility-and-its-positive-effects.html.