Confident Clinician Cooperative Gives Back

Winner of the 2021 Future Educational Scholarship $500

Joy Iwamoto

Her Essay: The Future Clinician Educational Scholarship

A strong leader puts the needs of others above her own, has the confidence to stand up for what she deems significant, and rallies others to succeed. Through my studies in Linguistics with a specialization in Speech and Language Sciences at UC San Diego, I have learned effective communication skills are necessary to build strong interpersonal relationships. Today’s society has become insular where individuals often belittle those different from themselves. I aspire to combat these behaviors by guiding individuals to enhance their communication skills and to play a large role in fostering their emotional connections within their respective communities.

Winner of the 2022 Future Educational Scholarship $500

Mary Backes


At the core of Confident Clinician Cooperative is philanthropy or giving. That is why Confident Clinician Cooperative gives to students, speech-language pathologists, and the community at large. We believe in investing in students toward their educational goals. We believe in investing in SLPs toward their professional well-being. The Confident Clinician Cooperative is proud to be a 2020-2021 Associate Sponsor of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.

Contributed to the 2020 InFormant from Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA)

Kristie Knickerbocker, MS, Cara Bryan, MA, and Aaron Ziegler, PhD Founding Members, Confident Clinician Cooperative

Successful Telepractice: Optimizing Your Online Services for Voice

We are under considerable pressure to deliver effective voice care as we distance physically and connect virtually. In 2018, Grillo published evidence in support of telepractice to successfully prevent and manage voice disorders.

References: Grillo, Elizabeth (2018) SIG3 Perspectives Voice and Upper Airway Disorders. Volume 4, 100-110. Doi: 10.1044/2018?PERS-SIG3-2018-0014. Maryn, Youri & Weenick, David. (2014) Journal of Voice Jan;29(1):35-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2014.06.015

Phonogenic Voice Problems among Speech-Language Pathologists in Synchronous Telepractice: An Overview and Recommendations

Kristie Knickerbocker, Cara Bryan, Aaron Ziegler


Many speech-language pathologists (SLPs) recently adopted a live, synchronous online distribution of clinical services due to physical distancing measures aimed at bringing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak under control. Few SLPs had received training in telepractice to prepare them for changes from an in-person service delivery model to synchronous telepractice. The new telepractice environment may alter vocal behaviors and communication interactions in such a way that negatively impacts voice production. Thus, delivering synchronous online clinical services may require that SLPs adopt novel prevention strategies for avoiding phonogenic voice problems. Guided by two complementary injury frameworks, the Haddon Matrix and the Haddon Countermeasures, this article provides an overview of potential factors associated with phonogenic voice problems among SLPs in telepractice and proposes possible prevention strategies to maintain optimal vocal health and function with synchronous modes of online clinical practice.

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Confident Clinician Members Contribute Chapter on Voice to National Exam Prep Guide

TherapyEd’s National Speech-Language Pathology Examination Review & Study Guide is designed to help students prepare for and succeed on their Comprehensive and PRAXIS® Exams. Distinguished authors Gregory Lof, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA and Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA are joined by expert contributors and item writers to cover all areas of SLP practice to ensure students are prepared for the exam.

  • Comprehensive Content Review by Noted Experts
  • 3 Complete Practice Exams with 396 questions online INCLUDED
  • Rigorous PRAXIS® style questions with detailed rationales
  • Dynamic, Full Color Design
  • Personalized Exam Feedback and Test-taking Tips
  • Insightful Score Reports to guide effective studying

TherapyEd’s National Speech-Language Pathology Examination Review & Study Guide is designed to improve critical reasoning skills, increase test-taking confidence, and make sure you pass the exam the first time.

The Review & Study Guide is available individually or can be ordered as a class for increased savings.

Dr. Aaron Ziegler, PhD, CCC-SLP and Cara Bryan, MA, CCC-SLP were invited by editors Gregory Lof, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA and Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP to contribute to TherapyEd’s National Speech-Language Pathology Examination Review & Study Guide. Their contribution of Chapter 16: Voice Disorders in Children and Adults provides a comprehensive overview of anatomy and physiology of the voice and upper airway, evaluation of voice and upper airway function and management of voice and upper airway dif and disorders. Along with the other chapters, the SLP Exam Review and Study Guide is an effective way to review information for new speech-language pathologists that will prepare them for their national examination.

Citation: Ziegler, A & Bryan, C. (2021). Chapter 16: Voice Disorders in Children and Adults. In Gregory Lof, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA and Alex Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, FASHA (Eds.), TherapyEd’s SLP PRAXIS® Exam Review & Study Guide (pp. 405-426). TherapyEd: Chicago.

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