Functional Auditory Skill Building (FAB) Lab

Clinician working with cochlear implant patient

Rachel Glade, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT

Biography: Rachel Glade is one of 800 auditory-verbal therapists worldwide. She teaches courses and provides clinical supervision for graduate and undergraduate student clinicians in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, from which she holds a certificate of clinical competence; the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association; the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; the Global Foundation for Hearing Loss; the National Council for Rehabilitation Education and is a board member of Arkansas Hands and Voices. She is also a state champion for the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. In 2018, was elected president of the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and started her three-year term in January 2019. Additionally, Rachel is the proud mother of two little boys and is happily married to her husband Andrew.

Lab Research Summary: Glade's auditory skills lab focuses on documenting outcomes and interventions for children and adults with hearing loss. Long-term goals include developing protocols for involving caregivers in intervention, documenting the need for auditory rehabilitation for adults with cochlear implants, and improving the quality of life for teens and adults with hearing loss. Efforts to this end currently involve several interdisciplinary collaborations across campus including the Counseling degree program, the Exercise Science degree program, and the Walton College of Business as well as collaborations with Arkansas Children's Hospital and with colleagues across the United States.

Research Implications: Research from Glade's lab is expected to continue to impact the quality of service provision for children and adults with hearing loss. Glade's work primarily focuses on children who are born with hearing loss, whose family elects to purse spoken language as the child's primary means of communication and adults who decide to receive a cochlear implant after their hearing loss progresses to a point that they no longer benefit from traditional amplification. It should be noted that well over 90 percent of children born with hearing loss are born to hearing parents. Therefore, the need for research in this area is ever expanding. Additionally, the candidacy criteria for cochlear implantation continues to expand which is opening the door for more adults than ever before to consider this treatment option.

Student Impact: Students involved in the lab learn about research methods, study designs and data collectionas well as have opportunities to present their work at local, state and national conferences. Students go on to job opportunities in schools, early intervention, medical settings, and private practices. Graduates from Glade's lab have been recruited to graduate schools and professional positions across the United States.

2020 Lab Members:  Lauren Lynch, Emily Brewer, Hannah Maestri, Kathryn Motherwell, Annalee Rolf, Ashley Piechocki; Clare Kellough, Colby Fowler, Lauren Cullen, and Hanna Hartshorn

Selected Publications:

  • Glade, R., Stefancin, E., Culbertson, D., & Ray C. (in press). (2020). Overview of current approaches to aural rehabilitation for adults with cochlear implants. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.

  • Rhoades, E. & Glade, R. (in press). (2020). Evolution of a multi-layered world of science to benefit children with hearing loss. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.

  • Glade, R., & Frazier, K. (2019). Communication Disorders: Foundations and Clinical Applications for Emerging Clinicians, First Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Debuke, IA.

  • Houston, K. T., Bradham, T. S., Cunningham, R. F., Glade, R. (2019). Cochlear implants for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. In National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), A resource guide for early hearing detection and intervention.