ASHA recognizes Lyn Turkstra

Lyn Turkstra, associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been given the 2007 Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Higher Education by ASHA – the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

This award recognizes distinguished achievement and/or contributions (within the last five years) in one or more of the following areas: university and college classroom teaching; clinical teaching; student mentoring, or development of new and innovative educational techniques and technologies in the fields of audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech, language, and hearing science.

Turkstra has contributed to the areas of student mentoring, university classroom teaching, and clinical innovations for more than a decade. Turkstra has maintained mentoring relationships while simultaneously meeting the demands of higher education. Since earning her doctorate she has successfully mentored six PhD students and many graduate and undergraduate students. Turkstra has consistently received super teach evaluations and has earned several awards for her classroom teaching. She is a leader in the field of evidence-based practice (EBP) and has served on the steering committee for EBP in traumatic brain injury. Turkstra has written several papers about the subject.

Lyn is part of the Communication and Cognitive Processes Group at the Waisman Center. Lyn is collaborating with Len Abbeduto on a study of social communication in adolescent girls with fragile X syndrome.