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Madding Named Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association in 2009

Published: August 3, 2009

Carolyn Conway Madding, department chair and professor of communicative disorders at CSULB, was named a 2009 recipient of the Fellowship Award of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

One of the highest honors the association can bestow, the ASHA Fellowship recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given to members who have made outstanding contributions to the professions – contributions that are significant and would be so regarded within and beyond one’s community or state. The honor is retained for life.

“I know a number of the other individuals who were also selected as fellows this year, and I am very proud to be in their company,” said Madding, who joins CSULB colleague Geraldine P. Wallach as a fellow of ASHA. “Having two faculty members from the same university honored as ASHA fellows is quite an honor for the department.”

It was Wallach who nominated Madding for the honor along with two other current fellows – Judy Montgomery from Chapman University and Lynn Snyder from the University of Colorado. To be nominated for the award, a candidate must be endorsed by two ASHA fellows.

Highest among her achievements in the field, Madding is most proud of creating and organizing the Linguistically Different Clinic at CSULB – which, she noted, is what she was hired to do when she joined the university in 1989. The Linguistically Different Clinic provides assessment and intervention for children and adults with many disorders, and it provides these services to non-English speaking clients in their own languages.

“During the 20 years I have been here, we have treated clients in 26 different languages with disorders that cover the spectrum, including aphasia, traumatic brain injuries, autism, stuttering,” pointed out Madding, who has brought in almost $2 million in grant money for the education of bilingual speech-language pathologists. “These linguistically different services are so rare in this area that people will come from 40-50 miles away to avail themselves of these services.”

In her recommendation, Wallach wrote, “Dr. Madding’s commitment to the development and implementation of intervention tools and techniques across languages has been among the landmark work she has passed on to hundreds of graduate students who have been supervised by her for over 20 years…The Linguistically Different Clinic was not part of students’ training before 1989. Its creation under Dr. Maddings’ direction was, in essence, ahead of the curve of our understanding of more integrated ways to assess and treat individuals with cultural and linguistically different backgrounds with concomitant communicative, language, speech and hearing disorders.”

Carolyn Madding
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Carolyn Madding

In addition to the clinic, Madding is also responsible for creating a new Special Cohort M.A. program which is run through the university’s College of Continuing and Professional Education, previously known as University College and Extension Services. Started in 2007, the program has doubled the number of graduate students in the Communicative Disorders Department. The first cohort of 30 students graduates this summer, and according to Madding, all 30 students are leaving the program with good-paying jobs. A second cohort of students begins classes this fall.

A resident of Buena Park, Madding earned her Ph.D. at Claremont Graduate University. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton.