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Heather Leavy Rusiewicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Speech-Language Pathology

Fisher Hall 412
Phone: 412.396.4205

Education:

Ph.D., Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
M.A., Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
B.A., Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
BIO

Dr. Heather Rusiewicz is an Assistant in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Duquesne University. She received her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rusiewicz has clinical and research experience with pediatric populations with acquired and developmental speech sound production disorders. Her areas of interest include gestures, prosody, and speech sound production in children and adults. She is particularly interested in the dynamic entrainment of speech and manual movements. Her research aims to study the role of prosody and gestures in the development of speech production in young children. She also strives to integrate classroom teaching on pediatric speech sound disorders with clinical experiences in the Speech Production Clinic that she directs within the Duquesne University Speech Language Hearing Clinic.

Expertise

Entrainment of speech and manual movements, pediatric speech sound disorders, prosodic characteristics of speech, gesture production, typical speech development, scholarship of teaching and learning in the area of nonmainstream American English dialects, qualitative outcomes of individuals with speech sound disorders and their families.

Scholarship

Dissertation
Rusiewicz, H.L. (2010). The Role of prosodic stress and speech perturbation on the temporal synchronization of speech and deictic gestures (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from UMI ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (3417410)

Peer-Reviewed Publications
Rusiewicz, H.L., Shaiman, S., Iverson, J.M., & Szuminsky, N. (in press) Effects of prosody and position on the timing of deictic gestures. Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research.

Vick, J.C., Campbell, T.F., Shriberg, L.D., Green, J.R., Rusiewicz, H.L., Venkatesh, L., & Moore, C. (in press). Distinct developmental profiles in typical speech development. Journal of Neurophysiology.

Campbell, T.F., Dollaghan, C., Janosky, J., Rusiewicz, H.L., Small, S.L., Dick, F., Vick, J., and Adelson, P.D. (in press) Consonant production after pediatric traumatic brain injury: A prospective cohort study. Jounral of Speech-Language-Hearing Research.

Vick, J.C., Moore, C.A., Campbell, T.F., Shriberg, L.D., Green, J.R., Rusiewicz, H.L. & Truemper, K. Children with speech sound disorders of unknown origin: Empirical support for a subgroup with motor speech disorder. Manuscript in revision.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Shaiman, S., Iverson, J.M., & Szuminsky, N. (in press) Entrainment of Deictic Gestures and Speech: Effects of Perturbation and Prosody. Speech Communication.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Murray, M., Pellettiere, M. Learning from Our Lessons: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Speech-Language Pathology. Manuscript in preparation.

Shriberg, L.D., McSweeny, J.L., Anderson, B.E., Campbell, T.F., Chial, M.R., Green, J.R., Hauner, K.K., Moore, C.A., Rusiewicz, H.L., & Wilson, D.L. (2005). Transitioning from analog to digital audio recording in childhood speech sound disorders. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 19, 335-359.

Abstracts and Proceedings
Rusiewicz, H.L. (2011). Synchronization of speech and gesture: A dynamic systems perspective. Proceedings from the 2nd Gesture and Speech in Interaction (GESPIN), Bielefeld, Germany. Abstract retrieved from http://coral2.spectrum.uni-bielefeld.de/gespin2011/final/Rusiewicz.pdf

Campbell, T., Dollaghan, C., Janosky, J., Rusiewicz, H., & Adelson, P.D. (2008). Speech change in young children after severe traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 22 (Suppl. 1), 123.

Moore, C.A., Campbell, T.F., Shriberg, L.D., Green, J.R., Venkatesh, L., Vick, J., & Rusiewicz, H.L. (2006). Physiologic and behavioral classification of delayed speech. Stem-, Spraak-en Taalpathologie, 14 (Supp.), 109.

Vick, J.C., Moore, C.A., Venkatesh, L., Campbell, T.F., Rusiewicz, H.L., Shriberg, L.D., & Green, J.R. (2006). Physiologic and behavioral classification of delayed speech: Syllable repetition tasks. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 120, 3350.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Campbell, T.F., Dollaghan, C.A., Adelson, P.D., Janosky, J. & Balason, D. (2003). Speech outcome following severe traumatic brain injury in young children. Journal of Neurotrauma, 20, 1115.

Campbell, T.F., Dollaghan, C.D., Adelson, P.D., Janosky, J., Balason, D., Nash, T., Rusiewicz, H., Feldman, H., Shriberg, L., Moore, C., Connaghan, K., Brown, S.D., Pitcairn, D. & Reilly, K. (2001). Speech change in young children after severe traumatic brain injury. Proceedings from the 4th International Speech Motor Conference, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Invited Presentations
Rusiewicz, H.L. (2012, April). Shaping students' knowledge and attitudes about nonmainstream American English dialects: SLP 320 Phonetics. Poster presented at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Rusiewicz, H.L. (2011, July). Prosody in practice: Suprasegmentals and the management of pediatric communication disorders. Presented to the Department of Audiology and Communication Disorders at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh East, Monroeville, PA.

Rusiewicz, H.L. (2011, July). Three in one: Balancing teaching, research, & clinical endeavors with personal priorities. Presented at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Science and Disorders, Pittsburgh PA.

Rusiewicz, H.L. (2011, July). Embarking upon a scholarship of teaching and learning project. Presentation for the Duquesne University Faculty Learning Group: Connecting Challenging Concepts to the Real World of Students at the Center for Teaching Excellence, Pittsburgh PA.

Rusiewicz, H.L. (2011, April). Helping hands: The importance of manual movements in speech-language pathology. Short course presented at the annual Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Shaiman, S., Iverson, J.M., & Szuminsky, N. (2011, March). Temporal entrainment of prosodic stress and pointing gestures. Presentation at the annual ASHA Revisted Meeting of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SWPSHA), Pittsburgh, PA.

Rusiewicz, H.L. (2010, July). Three in one: Balancing teaching, research, & clinical endeavors with personal priorities. Presented at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Science and Disorders, Pittsburgh PA.

Refereed Presentations

Staltari, C., Baft-Neff, A., Rusiewicz, H.L., & Wallace, S. (2012, November).  Dynamic temporal and tactile cueing utility for AOS and CAS.  Poster presented at the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Lynch, J., Rusiewicz, H.L., Staltari, C., & Williams, D.L. (2012, November).  Effectiveness of manual gestures in the treatment of /r/ distortions.  Technical research session presented at the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual convention, Atlanta, GA.

Rusiewicz, H.L. (2012, July). Raise your hands: Using gestures to treat speech sound disorders. Session to be presented at the National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Danvers, MA.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Milloy, A., Staltari, C., & Wells, K. (2011, November). Beyond segmental accuracy: Experiences related to speech sound disorders. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Rusiewicz, H.L., & Pellettiere, M. (2011, November). Shaping students' knowledge and attitudes about nonmainstream American English dialects. Technical platform presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Rusiewicz, H.L. (2011). Synchronization of speech and gesture: A dynamic systems perspective. Paper presented at the 2nd Gesture and Speech in Interaction (GESPIN), Bielefeld, Germany.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Milloy, A., Wells, K., & Staltari, K. (2011, April). Measuring the impact of speech sound disorders using caregiver report questionnaires. Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Pellettier, M., & Birnbaum, J. (2011, April). Assessment of speech-language pathology students' knowledge and attitudes about nonmainstream American English dialects. Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Shaiman, S., Iverson, J., & Szuminsky, N. (2010, November). Entrainment of speech and gesture: Effects of prosody and perturbation. Technical platform presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Campbell, T.F., Dollaghan, C., Vick, J. & Rusiewicz, H. (2010, March). The relationship between speech production skills and age of injury in young children after severe traumatic brain injury. Paper presented at the Eighth World Congress on BrainInjury, Washington, D.C.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Shaiman, S., Iverson, J., Dollaghan, C., & Szuminsky, N. (2009, November). Temporal Synchrony of Prosodic Stress and Pointing Gestures. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Yee, M.J., Moore, C.A., Venkatesh, L., Vick, J., Campbell, T.F., Shriberg, L.D., Green, J.R., & Rusiewicz, H. (2007, November). Children's mandibular movement patterns in two nonspeech tasks. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

Moore, C.A., Campbell, T.F., Shriberg, L.D., Green, J.R., Venkatesh, L., Vick, J., & Rusiewicz, H.L. (2006, June). Physiologic and behavioral classification of delayed speech. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Speech Motor Control, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Vick, J.C., Moore, C.A., Venkatesh, L., Campbell, T.F., Rusiewicz, H.L., Shriberg, L.D., & Green, J.R. (2006, December). Physiologic and behavioral classification of delayed speech: Syllable repetition tasks. Paper presented at the 4th Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Campbell, T.F., & Dollaghan, C.A. (2005, November). Speech skills one-year following severe pediatric brain injury. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Rusiewicz, H.L. (2004, April). Metrical reorganization: An investigation of stress clash resolution. Paper presented at 2nd Annual Conference on Research in Communication Sciences & Disorders: Lessons for Success, Miami, FL.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Campbell, T.F., Dollaghan, C.A., Adelson, P.D., Janosky, J, & Balason, D. (2003, December). Speech outcome in young children following severe traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the National Neurotrauma Society Symposium, Biloxi, MS.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Dollaghan, C.A., & Campbell, T.F. (2003, November). Separating Lexical and Phrasal Stress. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Rusiewicz, H.L., Connaghan, K.P., Campbell, T.F., & Moore, C.A. (2002, November).Segmental, suprasegmental, and speech movement characteristics following pediatric brain injury. Paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.

Dollaghan, C.A., Campbell, T.F., Balason, D., Rusiewicz, H.L., Nash, T.C., Brady, J.L. & Nixon, S.M. (2002, June). The wheat from the chaff: Defining normal and abnormal language at ages 3, 4, and 6 years. Paper presented at the joint meeting of the Congress of the International Association for the Study of Child Language and the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.

Campbell, T.F., Dollaghan, C.D., Adelson, P.D., Janosky, J., Balason, D., Nash, T., Rusiewicz, H., Feldman, H., Shriberg, L., Moore, C., Connaghan, K., Brown, S.D., Pitcairn, D. & Reilly, K. (2001, June). Speech change in young children after severe traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the 4th International Speech Motor Conference, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Nash, T., Campbell, T.F., Rusiewicz, H., Balason, D., Dollaghan, C. & Adelson, D. (2001, November). Speech abilities of young children following severe traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Dollaghan, C., Balason, D., Caulfield Nash, T., Leavy, H., Nixon, S., Smolky, B. & Starmer, H. (2000, November). Verb lexicons of 3-year old children. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Del Duca, G., Wieting, S. Petrille, L., Dollaghan, C., Bourne, P., Davis, D., Leavy, H., Liddell, M., McMillin, A. & Metzler, R. (1998, June). Prosodic features of children with language impairments. Poster presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI.

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Member, Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA)
Member, Southwestern Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SWPSHA)

Honors/Awards

Professional and Academic Honors

Omicron Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention, 2012
Creative Teaching Award, Duquesne University, 2012
Core Curriculum Designation in the Theme Area of Global Diversity, SLP 320 Phonetics, 2012.
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Development Fund Recipient, 2008
Travel Award Recipient, 2nd Annual Conference on Research in Communication Sciences & Disorders: Lessons for Success, April 28-May 1, 2004
Bamford-Lahey Scholar, 2003-2004
National Department of Education Training Grant Recipient, 1999-2000
Lisa Levy Award Recipient, 1999
Summa cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
University of Pittsburgh Merit Scholarship Recipient, 1996
Rotary Scholarship, 1993