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Whitney Postman

Whitney Postman

Whitney Postman is an assistant professor at Saint Louis University. She is an affiliate of Special Interest Group 2 and Special Interest Group 15

Why Does Whitney participate in the ASHA Community?
I'm not sure that I could express my thoughts more elegantly than one of my all-time favorite ASHA Community members, Dr. Gloriajean Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS. In ASHA's splendid YouTube video, "Why ASHA Members Join SIGs", Dr. Gloriajean Wallace said this:
"Three very powerful words that come to mind when I think about the SIG's are: 'Intimate Professional Community'. When you have an organization as large as ASHA, people sometimes become lost. When you break down ASHA into smaller communities, as we do with the SIGs, then it's possible for people to have important roles. You cluster them together in ways that are meaningful to them based on their interests. And that's exactly what we do with the SIG's. It's very powerful. Intimate Professional Community."

What is your favorite quote? 
"Communication Disorders can mask who we are...our wit, our intelligence, our warmth. Your charge is to reveal the beauty already within your clients."
-Statement to the graduate students serving clients in the Saint Louis University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, by Dr. Travis T. Threats, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Saint Louis University

If you had a 60-second Super Bowl advertisement, what would you want to show a billion people?
I would want the billion-strong Super Bowl audience to follow living-legend Debora DiRaddo for 60 seconds around the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Unit of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Deb DiRaddo is the beloved and admired Supervisor of Magee's Speech-Language Pathology team. To watch her restore the speech and swallowing functions of ventilated, immobilized SCI patients is to witness medical miracles. The Super Bowl audience may also gain insight into how highly-skilled and heroic SLP's must be in order to work in hospital settings, especially those of world-class caliber such as Magee.

Name something fun you think others don't know about you
For my doctoral dissertation in Linguistics at Cornell University, I collected all of my data on aphasia in Indonesian during two field-trips to the island of Sulawesi. To my knowledge, mine was the first study of aphasia in Indonesian to be published in an international peer-reviewed journal. Since then, I have continued to be involved with the Indonesian diaspora community in the United States, by performing traditional Balinese dance to Gamelan music!! 


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