The Lewis and Clark Discovery Award recognizes one early-career faculty member and one long-standing faculty member of the School of Health Professions for excellence and achievement in research and scholarship, highlighting “discovery” as a core SHP value. The ideal candidate will have made significant contributions to the health and well-being of individuals, families and/or communities through research and scholarly activities.
This year’s Lewis and Clark Discovery Award winner in the early career category is Dr. Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale. Her research interests and expertise focus on acquired speech movement disorders, particularly ALS – a progressive disorder characterized by speech motor difficulties. She applied for and received several internal grants, on which she built an NIH proposal. Last summer she was awarded an R-15 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Dr. Kuruvilla-Dugdale and collaborators received a Coulter Translational Partnership Program Award, and in the last 2 years she has 4 publications with 3 more currently in review.
Her nominator wrote: “Dr. Kuruvilla-Dugdale is excellent researcher and research mentor. Her work is truly geared toward invention and discovery – to develop the tools speech-language pathologists need for the assessment and treatment of patients.”
Congratulations, Dr. Mili Kuruvilla-Dugdale!