Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award

USF’s Research and Innovation Council presented two faculty from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences with Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Awards on Oct. 28, 2013.

Dr. David Eddins, an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Dr. Alison Salloum, an Associate Professor of Social Work, were presented the awards for their many research accomplishments in 2012.

Eddins has focused his research on how humans perceive sound. He studies how auditory perception changes with age and hearing loss, and how to improve technology to counter those changes. Eddins has also looked at measuring and predicting changes in voice quality that occur with vocal fatigue and neurological disorders.

“All of this work centers around auditory perception,” said Eddins. “I use a multi-disciplinary approach, in collaboration with several other scientists, to explore several different content areas using novel experimental methods.”

In 2012, Eddins was awarded a grant to study voice quality perception with a colleague at Michigan State University, received a corporate sponsored grant from Starkey Hearing Technologies and maintained multi-year awards from the National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation. Eddins also wrote eight articles in peer-reviewed journals and was inducted as a Fellow in the Acoustical Society of America. He was recognized by USF’s Office of Research and Innovation for submitting four proposals for external research funding.

Salloum was recognized for her research in evidence-based cognitive behavioral trauma interventions for children. In 2012, she was awarded a three-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop a parent-led, therapist-assisted intervention for children with PTSD. Salloum published an article in Behavior and Therapy, and was offered a book contract. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices nationally recognized GTI for Children.

Salloum said her accomplishments were really a combination of things. The research and intervention method was finally recognized nationally. However, the ultimate goal was for other children to be able to utilize it.