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Communication Disorders

College of Health Sciences


Erin J. Bush, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Erin BushAssociate Professor
Neurogenic Communication Disorders
 
Ph.D., University of Nebraska Lincoln, 2011
M.S. Ed., University of Nebraska Kearney, 2003
B.A., University of Wyoming, 2000
B.S., University of Wyoming, 2000

ebush1@uwyo.edu • (307) 766-5795 • Health Sciences Room 247D   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interests:

Dr. Bush is an associate professor in the Communication Disorders Division in the College of Health Sciences. Her research started in the field of neurogenic communication disorders & their prevention. While researching brain injury, her interests expanded to broader social justice pursuits. Much of Dr. Bush’s research focuses on health disparities and rural health care. She has used quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods in her published research, and has a particular interest in the use of diverse qualitative methodologies. Currently she’s interested in understanding the health disparities of marginalized groups, and aims to generate ethical, meaningful, & culturally-responsive research that improves people's lives.

 

Teaching Areas: 

  • Aphasia
  • TBI & Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • Neurological Basis of Communication
  • Motor Speech 

 

Affiliations & Associations:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA Special Interest Group 2: Neurogenic Communication Disorders

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS)

Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association

 

Research and Scholarship:

Grants and Funding

Research grant, National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIH PA-19-047, Advancing Research in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Empowering school-age youth with complex communication needs to actively participate in patient-provider communication. Consultant/methodologist (PI: Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker and Meghan Marsac), $1,937,430.00. Submitted 10/1/2021.

Research grant, Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), Translational Research Partnership Awards—New Interdisciplinary Academic Collaborations, Improving Access to Care through Identification of Barriers to Effective Communication in Craniofacial Microsomia. Co-investigator/methodologist (PI: Katelyn Kotlarek), $50,000.00. Submitted 9/27/21.

Research grant, Equality State Research Network (ESRN), Partnership Development Award, The Wyoming Disability Oral History Project: Archiving De/institutionalization. Principal Investigator, $11,778.00. Submitted 4/5/21. (Funded).

Research grant, College of Health Sciences Seed Grant, Piloting Graphic Nonfiction for the Education and Prevention of Traumatic Brain Injury, Principal Investigator, $3000.00. Submitted 3/12/21. (Funded).

Research grant, Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Institute (CTR-IN): Multi-site Health Disparities Project, Decreasing health disparities for persons with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in rural communities: Assessing feasibility of coordinated telehealth.  Co-investigator (PI: Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker), $150,000, 8/2018- 7/2019, (Funded).

Research grant, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal Tier III, Patient-Centered Outcomes for the Parkinson's Disease Community in Wyoming, Co-investigator (PI: Sandra Sundin, Cheyenne Wyoming Parkinson’s Disease Support Group), $50,000, July 2016 – May 2017, (Funded).

Research grant (subcontract), Nebraska Department of Education, Screening and Identification of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Seeking Services through the Area Agency on Aging, Co-Principal Investigator, $34,639.00, May 11, 2015- April 30, 2016, (Funded).

Research grant (subcontract), Nebraska Department of Education, Screening and Identification of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Seeking Services through the Area Agency on Aging, Co-Principal Investigator, $10,275.00, February 12, 2012 - February 12, 2013, (Funded).

 

Publications (Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles)

Lorenz, L., & Bush, E. J. (in press). Critical and creative thinking and photovoice: Strategies for strengthening participation and inclusion. [Special Issue: Photovoice]. Health Promotion Practice. Publication planned for March 2022.

Hidecker, M. J. C., Landers, M., Piccorelli, A., Bush, E. J., Singh, R. S. (2021). Coordinated speech therapy, physiotherapy, and pharmaceutical care telehealth for people with Parkinson disease in rural communities: An exploratory, 8-week cohort study for feasibility, safety, and signal of efficacy. Rural and Remote Health, 21 (4) https://www.rrh.org.au/journal/early_abstract/6679

Ferris, K. P., Guiberson, M., Bush, E. J. (2021). Native American caregivers' developmental priorities for young children: Implications for intervention. Topics in Language Disorders, 41(2), 169-184. doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000247. https://oce.ovid.com/article/00011363-202104000-00005/HTML

Goodwin, K., Farquharson, K., Pelatti, C. Y., Schneider-Cline, W., Harvey, J., Bush, E., (2020). Examining the quality of Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals for children with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Communication Disorders Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740120976113

Harvey, J., Farquharson, K., Schneider-Cline, W., Bush, E., Pelatti, C. Y. (2020). Describing the composition of Individualized Education Plans for students with traumatic brain injury. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1044/2020_LSHSS-19-00074.

Singh, R.L., Bush, E.J., Hidecker, M.J.C., Carrico, C.P., & Sundin, S. (2020). Considering Health Care Needs in a Rural Parkinson Disease Community. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 14(1), 15-28. doi:10.1353/cpr.2020.0005.

Pelatti, C. Y., Bush, E. J., Farquharson, K., Schneider-Cline, W., Harvey, J., & Carter, M. W. (2019). Speech-language pathologists’ comfort providing intervention to children with traumatic brain injury: Results from a national survey. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 28, 1611-1624. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1044/2019_AJSLP-19-0029

Bush, E. J., Singh, R. S., Kooienga, S. (2019). Lived experiences of a community: Merging phenomenology and community-based participatory research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, 1–12. doi: 10.1177/1609406919875891 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1609406919875891

Schneider-Cline, W., Bush, E. J., McKelvey, M. (2019). Using the OSU TBI-ID method for screening rural, older adults: A mixed methods feasibility study. Brain Injury 33(7), 899-915. Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2019.1606450

Beck, D. L., Larsen, D. R., Bush, E. J. (2018). Speech in noise: Hearing loss, neurocognitive disorders, aging, traumatic brain injury and more. Journal of Otolaryngol-ENT Research, 10(4), 195‒201. https://medcraveonline.com/JOENTR/speech-in-noise-hearing-loss-neurocognitive-disorders-aging-traumatic-brain-injury-and-more.html

Bush, E. J., Singh, R. L., Hidecker, M. C., & Carrico, C. P. (2018). Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups in Rural America: Barriers, Resources, and Opportunities. The Qualitative Report23(6), 1381-1400. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol23/iss6/8.

Singh, R. S., Scott, H., Krueger, K., Bush, E. J. (2018). Healthcare engagement and encounters in a rural state: A focus group study. INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy, 9(1). Retrieved from: https://doi.org/10.24926/iip.v9i1.944

Bush, E.J., Hux, K., Guetterman, T., & McKelvey, M.L. (2016). The diverse vocational experiences of five individuals returning to work after severe brain injury: A qualitative inquiry. Brain Injury, 30(4), 422-436. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26910611/

Tillman, D. R., Bush, E. J., Hof, D. D. (2016). Traumatic brain injury and counselor preparation: A survey of practicing counselors and graduate students. In Ideas and research you can use: VISTAS 2016. Retrieved from http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/vistas

Hux, K., Bush, E. J., Evans, K., & Simanek, G. (2013). Misconceptions about traumatic brain injury among students preparing to be special education professionals. Support for Learning, 28(3), 109-114. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1026718

Bush, E. J., Hux, K., Zickefoose, S., Simanek, G., Holmberg, M., & Henderson, A. (2011). Learning and study strategies of students with traumatic brain injury: A mixed method study. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 24(3), 231-250. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ966126.pdf

Hux, K., Bush, E. J., Zickefoose, S., Holmberg, M., Henderson, A., & Simanek, G. (2010). Exploring the study skills and accommodations used by college student survivors of traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 24(1), 13-26. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20001479/

 

Book Chapters

Meulenbroeck, P., Bush, E., Gallagher, K. (2021). Returning to Work for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors. In K. Hux (Ed.), Assisting survivors of traumatic brain injury: The role of the speech-language pathologist, 3rd ed. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

Bush, E. J., & Funk, T. (2011). Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors and Dysphagia. In K. Hux (Ed.), Assisting survivors of traumatic brain injury: The role of speech-language pathologists (2nd ed.) 255-290). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

 

Research Presentations (Last 5 years only)

* Indicates mentored student research

National

Bush, E. J., Lorenz, L. the Qualitative Report (TQR) “Using Critical and Creative Thinking Strategies to Enhance the Photovoice Experience: A Clinical Focus”. The Qualitative Report 12th Annual Conference, virtual. (Jan. 2021).

Hinckley, J., Bush, E. J., Strong, K. The Qualitative Report (TQR) “Techniques for Interviewing People with Communication Disabilities or Differences”. The Qualitative Report 12th Annual Conference, virtual. (Jan. 2021).

Kooienga, S., Singh, R. L., Bush, E. J., Carron, R. The Qualitative Report (TQR), “Health Science Qualitative Researchers' Institutional Ethnography Journey: Understanding Power Relations through a Critical Feminist Lens”. The Qualitative Report 11th Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL. (Jan. 2020).

*Bartels, M., Bush, E. J., Wallace, S. Interprofessional Education Grand Rounds: Participants' Satisfaction and Self-Confidence. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

*Cox, J., Kropkowski, K., Walcher, A. J., Hidecker, M. J. C., Bush, E. J., Piccorelli, A., Singh, R., Nybonn, J., Kunitz, C., & *Ostlund, A. Patients' Perspectives on Telepractice Delivery of Allied Healthcare for Parkinson Disease. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

*Dollerschell, H., Shelley, J., Dietz, W., Kunitz, C., Ostlund, A., Bush, E. J., Hidecker, M. J. C., Piccorelli, A., Singh, R. Providers' Experiences with Delivering Telepractice for People with Parkinson Disease. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

Gallagher, K., & Bush, E. J. College Student Veterans’ Experiences with Participation in a Cognitive Coaching Program. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

*Goodwin, K., Farquharson, K., Pelatti, C. Y., Schneider-Cline, W., Bush, E. J., & Harvey, J. Examining quality of IEP goals for children with Traumatic Brain Injury. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

*Hansen, S., Walcher, A. J., Heald, E., Haun, M., Bartels, M., Trujillo, H., Snyder, H., Hidecker, M. J. C., & Bush, E. J. The Use of Telehealth with Older Adults: A Scoping Review. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

Hidecker, M. J. C, & Bush, E. J., Landers, M., Singh, R., & Piccorelli, A. Lessons learned from a Coordinated Allied Health Telepractice Study with Rural Persons with Parkinson disease. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

*Kropkowski, K., Cox, J., Dietz, W., Hidecker, M. J. C., Bush, E. J., Singh, R., & Piccorelli, A. Allied Health Care Use by People with Parkinson Disease. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

*Trujillo, H. & Bush, E. J. Graduate Student Perspectives on Service Delivery Through Telepractice. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

*Trujillo, H., Kunitz, C., Bush, E. J., Farquharson, K., Schneider-Cline, W., Pelatti, C. Y., Harvey, J. Speech Language Pathologists' Experiences with Serving Students with Traumatic Brain Injury. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, Orlando, FL. (Nov. 2019).

Bush, E. J., Singh, R. L., Hidecker, M. J. C., Carrico, C. P. The Qualitative Report (TQR), “Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups in Rural America: Barriers, Resources, and Opportunities”. The Qualitative Report 10th Annual Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL. (Jan. 2019).

*Bush, E. J., Wallace, S. E., Saylor, A., & Lapp, E. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), “Interprofessional Education Grand Rounds: Students' Satisfaction & Self-Confidence”. ASHA Annual Convention, Boston, MA. (Nov. 2018).

*Hight, H., Hidecker, M. J. C., Bush, E. J., Singh, R., Piccorelli, A. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), “Parkinson's Telehealth Feasibility Study: Confessions of a Research Assistant”. ASHA Annual Convention, Boston, MA. (Nov. 2018).

Farquharson, K., Bush, E. J., Schneider-Cline, W., Harvey, J., & Pelatti, C. Y. “Examining Self-Efficacy as a Multi-Dimensional Construct for Service Provision to Children with Traumatic Brain Injury”. ASHA Annual Convention, Boston, MA. (Nov. 2018).

*Petres, C., Kellar, C., Hidecker, M. J. C., Bush, E. J., Krueger, B., Hardesty, C. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), “Benefits of ECHO: Decreasing Isolation for Wyoming Speech-Language Pathologists”. ASHA Annual Convention, Boston, MA. (Nov. 2018).

*Bradshaw, K., Cilo, L., Stevens, A., Bush, E. J. (Author and Presenter), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), “Increasing Meaningful participation in a therapeutic book Club for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury," ASHA Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA. (Nov. 2017).

Harvey, J., Schneider-Cline, W., Bush, E. J. (Author and Presenter), Farquharson, K., Pelatti, C., Brunken, C., American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), “An Exploratory Investigation of IEPs for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury," ASHA Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA. (Nov. 2017).

*Adams, K. (Author & Presenter), Singh, R.L. (Author), Bush, E.J. (Author & Presenter), Cooley Hidecker, M.J.C. (Author & Presenter), American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, “Needs and Barriers in Parkinson’s disease Communities: An Interprofessional Approach”, Philadelphia, PA. (November 2016).

Pelatti, C.Y. (Author & Presenter), Bush, E.J. (Author & Presenter), Harvey, J. (Author & Presenter), Schneider-Cline, W. (Author & Presenter), & Farquharson, K. (Author & Presenter). American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, “School-based Speech-Language Pathology Services with Students with TBI: A Survey Regarding Clinician Efficacy and Preparedness”, Philadelphia, PA. (Nov. 2016).

*Schneider-Cline, W. (Author & Presenter), Bush, E.J. (Author & Presenter), McKelvey, M. (Author & Presenter), & Norfolk, B. (Author & Presenter). American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, “A Mixed Method Inquiry of Rural Screening Procedures: Identifying Brain Injury in Older Adults”, Philadelphia, PA. (Nov. 2016).

Bush, E. J. (Author and Presenter). Mixed Methods International Research Association Conference 2016, " Addressing the Feasibility of Implementing Brain Injury Screening for Older Adults: A Participatory Action Approach," Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA), Durham, United Kingdom. (Aug. 2016).

Bush, E. J. (Author and Presenter), McKelvey, M. L. (Author and Presenter), Schneider-Cline, W (Author and Presenter). Eleventh World Congress on Brain Injury, "Using the OSU TBI-ID to Screen Older Individuals for Traumatic Brain Injury," International Brain Injury Association (IBIA), The Hague, Netherlands. (March 2016).

 

Regional

*Cox, J., Kropkowski, K., Walcher, A. J., Hidecker, M. J. C., Bush, E., Piccorelli, A., Singh, R., Nybonn, J., Kunitz, C., & Ostlund, A. Patients' perspectives on telepractice delivery of allied health care for Parkinson disease. Poster presentation to the Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Casper, WY (October 2019).

*Dollerschell, H., Shelley, J., Dietz, W., Kunitz, C., Ostlund, A., Bush, E., Hidecker, M. J. C., Annalisa Piccorelli, A. Reshmi Singh, R. Providers' experiences with delivering telepractice for people with Parkinson disease. Poster presentation to the Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Casper, WY (October 2019). 

*Hutchinson, A., & Bush, E. J. Developing an Online Support Group for Survivors of Brain Injuries and Strokes: Increasing Rural Access. Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WSHA) Annual Convention, Casper, WY. (October 2019).

*Kropkowski, K., Cox, J., Dietz, W., Hidecker, M. J. C., Bush, E., Singh, R., & Piccorelli, A. Patients' perspectives on telepractice delivery of allied health care for Parkinson disease. Poster presentation to the Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Casper, WY (October 2019). 

*Hight, H., Heald, E., & Bush, E. J(Author and Presenter) “Implementing Routine rural Screening of Older Adults for Traumatic Brain Injury,” Intermountain Area Speech & Hearing (IMASH) Convention, Boise, ID. (October, 2017).

*Kellar, C., Adams, K., Marsh, M., Bush, E.J. (Author and Presenter) “Existing Healthcare & Possibilities in a Rural Parkinson’s Disease Community,” Intermountain Area Speech & Hearing (IMASH) Convention, Boise, ID. (October, 2017).

 

Continuing Education/Faculty Development

Bush, E. J. Texas Speech Language Hearing Association Annual Convention. "Contemporary Brain Injury: Terms, Trends, and Treatment", Houston, TX. (February 2020). [Invited- half-day]

Bush, E. J. Utah State University Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education Summer Seminar, “Recent Developments in Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Executive Functioning Intervention”, Logan, UT. (June 2018) [Invited- all day].

Bush, E.J. Intermountain Area Speech & Hearing (IMASH) Convention, “An Update on Brain Injury: Part I-IV”, Boise, ID. (Oct. 2017) [Invited- all day].

Bush, E.J. Wyoming Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, “An Update on Brain Injury: New Terms & Current Trends (Part I) & Brain Injury Treatment: Cognitive Communication Skills across the Lifespan (Part II)”, Casper, WY. (Oct. 2016) [Invited- all day].

Bush, E.J. Communication Disorders Workshop at Worcester State University, “Keeping Current with Brain Injury: Terms, Trends, and Treatment Considerations for Survivors across the Lifespan”, Worcester, MA. (April 2016) [Invited- all day].

 

 

 

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