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  • CSD student awarded scholarship from the Association of Schools for Allied Health Professions

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Aug 02, 2018

    CSD student awarded scholarship from the Association of Schools for Allied Health Professions

    Communication Sciences and Disorders student, Holly Reckers was one of only 12 students to be awarded the Association of Schools for Allied Health Professions' (ASAHP) Scholarship of Excellence. 

    Reckers holds certificate for scholarship

    The scholarship was created to recognize outstanding students in allied health programs who are achieving excellence in their academic pursuits and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles in allied health. 

    Voice has always been a key part Reckers identity - she is graduate of the opera program in the University of Cincinnati's College - Conservatory of Music, one of the most prestigious conservatories in the country. 

    "During a month of intensive singing, something felt wrong with my voice, and I was referred to a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who specialized in voice" she says. The SLP was able to help her rehabilitate her voice so that she could safely resume signing.

    "This experience inspired my newfound passion for voice disorders and led me to pursue my master’s in speech-language pathology" says Reckers. "My goal is to work with those who struggle with voice disorders, including professional singers." 

    ASAHP says Reckers was chosen due to her high academic achievement, service the university and community, leadership qualtiies and communication skills. 

    After gaining clinical experience, she plans to pursue my PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with the goal of developing innovative therapies to support evidence-based practice. "I am ready to use my voice to help others find theirs" says Reckers. 

  • CAHS celebrates fifth year of Mexico interdisciplinary service-learning experience

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Jul 31, 2018


    CAHS celebrates fifth year of Mexico interdisciplinary service-learning experience 

    College of Allied Health Sciences’ faculty, staff, students and volunteer translaters traveled to Mexico earlier this year to treat patients during their annual collaboration with the Palace Foundation. 

    CAHS Team Mexico pose for a photo

    Students and faculty from physical therapy, audiology, medical laboratory science were able to treat 945 patients during their week-long visit to Cancun, Mexico. 

    In anticipation of the trip the team was able to raise $2,646 to purchase therapy supplies, hearing aids, hearing aid batteries, earwax softener drops, and other consumable supplies (e.g., hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.). Additional items including therabands, hearing aids, cholesterol/glucose analyzers and strips, english – spanish flashcards and more were donated by community organizations and partners. 

    Student helps patient in wheelchair during Mexico experience

    The impact of the experience on those who participated can be told through an article featuring physical therapy student Gabriella Camacho: Read more

    This is the fifth year the team has been able to travel to Mexico and each year they have been able to treat more patients and bring more supplies. Thank you to all the students, faculty, staff, donors and volunteers who have been this experience possible over the years.

    The team was excited to be able to celebrate five years of giving back to Cancun during the College of Allied Health Sciences' 20th anniversary year.

    Faculty member, Brian Earl, PhD, and his wife, who served as a Spanish interpreter for CAHS, also celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary during their week - long stay. 

  • Lesley Raisor-Becker, PhD, tapped into Sigma Phi Women's Honorary!

    by Tamila Downey | Apr 06, 2018

    Lesley Raisor-Becker, PhD, tapped into Sigma Phi Women's Honorary!

    Earlier this week, Dr. Raisor-Becker was tapped into Sigma Phi Women's Honorary! Sigma Phi Honorary Taps are women who exemplify the core values of Sigma Phi - they are truly dedicated to creating better futures for women.

    Congratulations Dr. Raisor-Becker on this incredible honor!

  • Carney Sotto, PhD receives Mortar Board Senior Honorary!

    by Tamila Downey | Apr 06, 2018

     Carney Sotto, PhD receives Mortar Board Senior Honorary!


    Earlier this week, Dr. Carney Sotto was surprised and humbled to be rewarded by students an honorary membership in Mortar Board Senior Honorary!

    Mortar Board is an association of individuals selected for distinguished ability and achievement in the pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service. Membership is composed of students in their senior year who exemplify the pillars of Mortar Board, and honorary membership is given to professors who do the same and who have been imperative in the success of the university. Congratulations Dr. Sotto on this well-deserved membership!


  • 6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

    by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Nov 08, 2017

    6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

    allied health banner image

    There are a wide variety of career options in allied health. Some career options include rehabilitation therapy, preventive and diagnostic evaluation, nutritional and dietary advice, treatment to diseases and disorders, and managing and operating our heath care systems. Allied health workers represent nearly 60% of our health care workforce and job opportunities continue to increase every year.

    Some examples of allied health professions include medical laboratory scientist, imaging technologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, nutrition and dietitians and physician assistants and many more.

    6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

    1. Flexibility Pursuing a career in allied health can be flexible. Allied health careers often require less education and training than medical doctors so they can enter the workforce quicker. Allied health professions also have offer a variety of jobs all over the word in all different types of settings. You can work in a hospital or laboratory, work from home and offer counseling and therapy, work for corporations and government agencies or provide medical billing and coding services.
    2. Personal Satisfaction by Helping Others People often choose to pursue a career in health care because of the opportunity to help others. They enjoy working with people everyday, giving advice to others and helping people live better and healthier lives. There are very few jobs that allow you to make a significant difference in someone’s life, and there is no greater service that can be offered than by helping others in need to better their lives.
    3. Job Security and Stability There are many different careers that can be pursued in allied health and all allied health careers are growing at rates faster than the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the field of health care as one of the country’s largest and fastest growing industries and estimates that 3.2 million new health care jobs will have been created by 2018.  Additionally, careers in allied health are offered in just about every major city around the nation. As long as people exist, there will always be a high demand for careers in allied health.
    4. Benefits and Competitive Pay Along with having flexible work schedules, allied heath care professionals earn competitive pay compared to other health industries. Most allied health professions also offer generous career benefits, including health insurance, vacation time and retirement plans. Many healthcare employers also provide tuition reimbursement and paid training programs to employees who commit to work for a specified time following graduation.
    5. Military-Career Advantages When pursuing a career in allied health this can open the door to work in military services. There are many benefits to working in military health care, including helping others and serving your country. Several students at the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences are either completing their education after being in the military or pursue work in a military setting after graduation.
    6. Advancement Opportunities There are many ways to advance when working in allied health. With the experience that you gain, you can open your own clinic or continue to pursue an advanced degree in your field. Many hospitals even offer continuing education programs and paid higher education opportunities to help employees in healthcare advance in their career.

    Pursuing a career in allied health is a great way to get started in the healthcare field and for many it can turn out to be a very fulfilling career with great job stability and benefits and many ways to advance! 


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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670379
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0379
Phone: 513-558-8502
Fax:  513-558-8500

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