Graduate School

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders Workshop

    Friday April 9, 2021
    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Campus Location: Online via Zoom
    Cost: $99 per attendee
    Coordinators: Kristina Curro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Lori A. Bass, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate level, Professional area. Satisfactory Completion Requirements: Completion of the workshop. Partial ASHA CEUs are not available.

    To register by mail or fax, use the Workshop Registration Form. To register by phone, call 508-929-8055 with your credit card information.

    Course Title: Evaluation Practices with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

    Course Description:

    Content focuses on principles of appropriately sensitive evaluation practices with culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CLD). The presenter will discuss barriers to provision of culturally sensitive evaluations with CLD populations, provide research-based alternative means of evaluation, and discuss counseling considerations for conveying evaluation results and recommendations with these individuals.

    Presenter: Dr. Rihana S. Mason

    Dr. Rihana S. Mason received her doctorate in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Psychology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC in 2004. She is now a Research Scientist at the Urban Child Study Center at Georgia State University. As an undergraduate at Spelman College, an HBCU, she participated in the National Institutes of Mental Health Careers and Opportunities in Undergraduate Research Training Program (NIMH-COR) and was later named a NIMH-COR star in 2007.

    She became a Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral fellow in 2000. She began mentoring her own students in 2005 and has served as a faculty mentor for NIMH-COR, Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), and the Ronald E. McNair Programs. She was awarded the Ronald E. McNair Faculty Appreciation Award in 2008 for her dedicated service. Having served in a dual capacity, both a mentee and mentor, she has accumulated an array of knowledge as it relates to forging mentee/mentor relationships in the academy and common pedagogies that exist across undergraduate research training models. She serves as the chair for the Committee for the Equality of Professional Opportunity (CEPO) under the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) and as a member of the Psi Chi Diversity Committee.

    Financial Disclosures:

    Dr. Mason received an honorarium for her presentation today. She also receives a salary for her work at Georgia State University.

    Non-Financial Disclosures:

    Dr. Mason had no non-financial disclosures.

    Learner Outcomes:

    1. Learners will be able to discuss at least three barriers to providing culturally sensitive evaluations practices.
    2. Learners will be able to describe at least three essential components of successful evaluation practices with individuals from CLD populations.
    3. Learners will be able to explain how to adapt evaluation instruments or procedures to accommodate the needs of individuals from CLD populations across ages and contexts.

    Time Ordered Agenda:

    Time Topic
    8:15-8:30 Login: Hosts will begin letting attendees into the presentation from a Zoom waiting room
    8:30-9 Introduction
    9:00-10:30 Overview of CLD populations & need for culturally sensitive evaluation practices
    10:30-10:45 Break
    10:45-Noon Overview of components of culturally sensitive evaluations
    12-1 Lunch
    1-2:30 Culturally sensitive evaluation fundamentals continued
    2:30-2:45 Break
    2:45-4 Discussion of counseling issues with individuals from CLD populations

    Who Should Attend:

    Early childhood teachers, elementary teachers, para-educators, special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, and parents.


    Graduate and Continuing Education
    Shaughnessy Administration Building
    Suite A-401
    508-929-8100 (fax)

    For general information and to request special accommodations:
    Kristina Curro

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