SHS student receives fellowship

Veronica Vidal has been named one of two recipients of the 2015-2016 Goldstick Fellowship in Communication Disorders awarded through the College of Education's Department of Special Education. A PhD student working with Dr. Laura DeThorne, Veronica's research addresses children's communication acquisition in naturalistic environments, with particular emphasis on the pragmatic aspects of communication and social interaction in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders within community settings.

In addition to two fellowships, the generous endowment provided by Phillip C. and Beverly Goldstick as the Goldstick Initiative for the Study of Communication Disorders funds the Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders as well as an endowed faculty position. The endowment honors their granddaughter Marissa Zelinger, who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome--a condition similar to autism that makes traditional communication nearly impossible for a child. As a result, the Goldsticks recognized the importance of supporting neurological research and fostering awareness. Learn more about the Goldstick Fellowship.

Veronica Vidal