Quinn Klobuchar, B.S., a MSLP Graduate student at St. Ambrose University, shares the following request of the CSHA community to participate in the below online study:

Please consider participating in an online survey if you are:

  • An ASHA certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP)
  • Currently providing part time or full time speech pathology services in the United States
  • A recent graduate with a Masters of Speech Language Pathology (graduation date during or after the Spring of 2013)

The survey can be completed in one session and will take approximately 20 minutes. There is a link to begin the survey at the bottom of this post.

Title of Project: Cultural Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists: Preparation at the Graduate Level
For Research Conducted At: Saint Ambrose University
Principal Investigators: Quinn Klobuchar, B.S. & Rachael Suddarth Ph.D., CCC-SLP

WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?

The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the preparation offered in speech-language pathology graduate programs to develop cultural competence in their students and future clinicians.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?

The purpose of this research is to gather the perceptions of recent graduates in the field of speech- language pathology concerning their preparedness to provide evaluation and intervention services to individuals with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL PARTICIPATE?

We anticipate that about 50 people will participate in this study.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THIS STUDY?

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to do the following:

  1. Open the survey in SurveyMonkey.
  2. Read through and answer each question to the best of your ability.
  3. Submit survey.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF THIS STUDY?

The risk is expected to be minimal in the study. Some questions may be uncomfortable to answer for the participant and so they may leave the item blank. Since there is no identifying information collected, there is no risk of professional or personal harm based on responses.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?

This study will give you the opportunity to consider your educational and professional experiences in relation to diversity in the United States. It is anticipated that this survey will increase the awareness of any given participant to the importance of cultural competence as a speech-language pathologist.

This study will provide insight into the effectiveness of graduate programs to prepare speech-language pathologists for clinical assessment and intervention with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

HOW WILL MY PERSONAL INFORMATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?

No information will be collected that could link your identity to your survey results. We will not ask your name or the name of your university. We will not collect data that links your survey to any personal data. We will not tell anyone you are in this study. All data will be stored on a computer that is protected with a password. Only Quinn Klobuchar and Rachael Suddarth will have access to the information contained in the electronic records. All information collected from you will be deleted or destroyed no later than May 12, 2019.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF BEING PART OF THIS STUDY?

There is no cost to you for being in this research study.

WILL I BE PAID FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS STUDY?

You will not be paid for being in this research study.

WHAT IF I AM INJURED BECAUSE I TOOK PART IN THIS STUDY?

Although we believe that the risk of being injured during the course of this study is minimal, if you are injured, notify one of the investigator(s) immediately. Any medical care that you receive will be billed to you or to your insurance company in the same manner as your other medical needs are addressed. Neither the investigators nor St. Ambrose University can assume responsibility for any additional medical costs you may incur as a result of your participation in this research.

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IF I TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?

Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary. You do not have to be in the study if you do not want to. If you decide to be in this study, but later change your mind, you may stop participating at any time. If you decide not to be in this study, or if you stop participating at any time, you will not be penalized or lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

We encourage you to ask questions and to take as much time as you need to make a decision. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about this study now or at any time during the study. If you have further questions about this study or if you have a research-related problem, you may contact one of the principal investigators, Rachael Suddarth at SuddarthRachaelM@sau.edu or by phone, at 563.333.3923. You may also contact Quinn Klobuchar at klobucharquinnt@sau.edu or by phone, at 309.370.2856.

DOCUMENTATION OF CONSENT:

I would like to participate in this research. I understand this is voluntary. I understand that by agreeing to participate in this research and beginning this survey I do not waive any of my legal rights.

If you have any questions or comments about the informed consent process or the St. Ambrose Institutional Research policy, please contact Dr. Regina Matheson, Dean of Graduate and Adult Education, at 563.333.5838.

Yes, I will participate  (Begin Survey)