احمد فارس سليم عمرو

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EDUCATION:
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Ph.D.: Speech-language Pathology, 2005
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
M.A.: Speech-language Pathology, 2000
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
B.A.: Communication Disorders, 1998
Double Major: Speech-language Pathology/Audiology
ACADEMIC POSITIONS:
•    University of Jordan:
o    Assistant Professor: September 2006 – September 2007.
•    Amman University:
o    Assistant Professor: March 2005 – August 2006.
o    Assistant Professor: September 2007 – Present.
PUBLICATIONS:
•    Altmann, L., Saleem, A.F., Kendall, D., Heilman, K., & Gonzalez Rothi, L. (2006).  Orthographic directionality and thematic role illustration in English and Arabic. Brain and Language, 97(3), 306-316.
•    Silverman, E., Sapienza, C., Saleem, A., Carmichael, C., Davenport, P., Hoffman Ruddy, B., & Okun, M. (2006).  Tutorial on maximum inspiratory and expiratory mouth pressures in individuals with idiopathic Parkinson Disease (IPD) and the preliminary results of an expiratory muscle strength training program. Neurorehabilitation, 21(1), 71-79.
•    Saleem, A.F., Sapienza, C.M., & Okun, M.S. (2005).  Respiratory muscle strength training: Treatment and response duration in a patient with early idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease. Neurorehabilitation, 20(4), 323-333.
•    Saleem, A.F. (2005). Expiratory muscle strength training in patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease: Effects on pulmonary, cough and swallow functions. A Ph.D. dissertation presented to the University of Florida Graduate School.
•    Saleem, A., Kendall, D., Rothi, L.G., Maher, L., & Heilman, K. (2003).  The Effects of Written Language Directionality on Thematic Role Assignment.  Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 9, 147.
•    Saleem, A.F. (2000). Development of a phonological screening test for 3- and 4-year old Arabic-speaking children. A Master’s thesis presented to the University of Florida Graduate School.
RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:
•    Peer Reviewed:
•    Saleem, A. F., Sapienza, C. M., Rosenbek, J.C., Musson, N.D., & Okun, M.S. (2005).  The Effects of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training on Pharyngeal Swallowing in Patients with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease.  A platform presentation to the 57th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (April 1-5 ; Miami, FL).
•    Saleem, A. F., Sapienza, C. M., Rosenbek, J.C., Musson, N.D., & Okun, M.S. (2005).  The Effects of Expiratory Muscle Strength Training on Pharyngeal Swallowing in Patients with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease.  A poster presentation to the 9th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (March 5 – 8; New Orleans, LA).
•    Saleem, A. F., Rosenbek, J. C., Davenport, P., Shrivastav, R., Hoffman-Ruddy, Bari, Okun, M. S., & Sapienza, C. M. (2004).  Expiratory Muscle Strength Training in Patients with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease.  A poster presentation to the 1st University of Florida, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies Rehabilitation Research Day (May 10; Gainesville, FL).
•    Saleem, A. F., Rosenbek, J. C., Davenport, P., Shrivastav, R., Hoffman-Ruddy, Bari, Okun, M. S., & Sapienza, C. M. (2004).  Expiratory Muscle Strength Training in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease.  A poster presentation to the 12th Biennial Conference on Motor Speech (March 18-21; Albuquerque, NM).
•    Saleem, A. F., Sapienza, C. M., Rosenbek, J. C., Hoffman-Ruddy, B., & Okun, M. S. (2003).  Expiratory Muscle Training in Patients with Idiopathic Parkinson's disease.  A poster presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention (November 13-15; Chicago, IL).
•    Saleem, A. F., Sapienza, C. M., Rosenbek, J. C., Hoffman-Ruddy, B., & Okun, M. S. (2003).  Is Expiratory Muscle Training Active in Patients with Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease? A travel awardee poster presentation to the ASHA’s 13th Annual Research Symposium: Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Practice (November 10-11, Chicago, IL).
•    Sapienza, C. M., Rosenbek, J. C., Okun, M. S., Saleem, A.F., & Foote, K. (2003).  Respiratory Function in Parkinson’s Disease: Implications for Strength Training.  A poster presentation at the 17th Annual Symposia on Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Other Movement Disorders (October 19; San Francisco, CA).
•    Sapienza, C. M., Rosenbek, J. C., Shrivastav, R., Troche, M., Wingate, J., Saleem, A., Okun, M. (2003).  Speech Timing in Parkinson’s disease in On and Off Medication States.  A poster presentation at the 17th Annual Symposia on Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Other Movement Disorders (October 19; San Francisco, CA).
•    Saleem, A., Kendall, D., Rothi, L.G., Maher, L., & Heilman, K. (2003).  The Effects of Written Language Directionality on Thematic Role Assignment.  A poster presenter at the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Thirty-First Annual Meeting (February 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii).
•    Saleem, A. F., & Dyson, A. T. (2002).  Arabic Preschool Phonological Screening Test – Revised©.  A poster presented at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention (November; Atlanta, GA).
•    Saleem, A.F. (2000). Development of a phonological screening test for 3- and 4-year old Arabic-speaking children. A Master’s thesis presented to the University of Florida Graduate School.
•    Saleem-Amro, A.F. & Dyson, A.T. (2000). Development of a Preschool Phonological Screening Test for Arabic-speaking Children. A paper presented at the American Speech-language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention (November; Washington, DC).
•    Saleem-Amro, A.F. & Dyson, A.T. (2000). Developmental of a phonological screening test for 3- and 4-year old Arabic-speaking children. A paper presented at the Second International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation (October 23-26; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).
•    Community Presentations:
•    Saleem Amro, A. F. (2007).  Respiratory muscle strength training: Potential physiological mechanisms and evidence so far.  A platform presentation to the First Scientific Day of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Jordan (April 25; Amman, Jordan).
•    Sapienza, C. M. & Saleem, A. F. (2003).  Characteristics of voice and speech problems in Parkinson’s disease.  A presentation to the Gainesville Parkinson’s Disease Support Group (October; Gainesville, FL).
•    Invited Presentations:
•    Saleem, A.F. (2004, 2005): Speech and swallowing in patients with Parkinson’s disease: Disorders and treatment.  A guest lecture presentation in Issues in Gerontology course.
•    Saleem-Amro, A.F. (2000). Apraxia of Speech: An Overview. A guest lecture in Neural Bases of Communication course.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE:
•    Consulting Clinics for Speech-Language Pathology (Amman, Jordan):
o    September, 2006 – Present
o    Speech-Language Pathology Consultant
•    Speech Clinic, University of Jordan Hospital (Amman, Jordan):
o    December, 2006 – Present
o    Speech-Language Pathologist
?    A weekly clinic at the UJ Hospital
•    Speech & Hearing Clinic, Center for Phonetics Research, University of Jordan (Amman, Jordan):
o    September, 2006 – Present
o    Speech-Language Pathologist.
•    Speech Pathology Clinic, Arab Medical Center (Amman, Jordan):
o    March, 2005 – December, 2005.
o    Speech-Language Pathology Consultant.
•    Movement Disorders Center, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL):
o    August, 2002 – December, 2004.
o    Participated in an interdisciplinary team for the evaluation and management of patients with movement disorders of various origins.
•    Disabled Children’s Association Rehabilitation Center (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
o    June 10 – June 25, 2002.
o    Speech-language Pathology Consultant
o    Responsibilities included training and supervising speech-language pathologist in the center to work with the complex speech, language and swallowing disorders of patients with physical disabilities.
•    Speech and Hearing Center, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL):
o    Received advanced training on acquired speech, language, and swallowing disorders in the adult population (August, 2001 – December, 2004).
o    Advanced training by Dr. John C. Rosenbek.
•    Shands Hospital at the University of Florida – Memory Disorders Clinic (Gainesville, FL):
o    August – December, 2000.
o    Responsibilities included the participation in an interdisciplinary team for the evaluation and management of adults with memory disorders of various origins under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth M. Heilman.
•    Speech and Hearing Center, Shands Hospital at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL):
o    Speech Pathology intern (May – August, 2000).
o    Caseload included the evaluation and management of adults with acquired neurogenic speech (e.g., dysarthrias, apraxia) and language (e.g., aphasias), as well as swallowing (dysphagia) cases of various origins.
•    Idylwild Elementary School (Gainesville, FL):
o    Speech Pathology trainee (August – December, 1999).
o    Caseload included the evaluation and management of children with speech and language disorders, as well as conducting speech-language and hearing screenings.
•    Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (Gainesville, FL):
o    Speech Pathology intern (May – August, 1999).
o    Caseload included the evaluation and management of adults with acquired neurogenic speech (e.g., dysarthrias, apraxia) and language (e.g., aphasias), as well as swallowing (dysphagia) cases of various origins.
•    University of Florida Speech and Hearing Clinic (Gainesville, FL):
o    Speech Pathology Graduate Clinician (January – May, 1999).
o    Caseload included the evaluation and management of children and adults with developmental dyslexia.
o    Trained on the Orton-Gillingham method of instruction and therapy for developmental dyslexia.
•    Disabled Children’s Association Rehabilitation Center (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia):
o    Speech-language Pathologist (May – August, 1998).
o    Caseload included the evaluation and management of children with developmental and acquired speech, language, and swallowing disorders of various origins.
PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS ATTENDED:
•    LSVT® Training and Certification Workshop.  Boca Raton, FL (January, 2004).
o    LSVT is the gold-standard for treating patients with Parkinson's disease and other motor speech disorders.
•    ASHA’s 13th Annual Research Symposium: Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Practice.  Chicago, IL (November, 2003).
•    ASHA Third Annual Grant-writing Workshop. Rockville, MD (May, 2002).
•    Speech and Language Rehabilitation for Children with Hearing Impairments.  Modern International Center for Speech, Amman, Jordan (May, 1996).
•    Phonological Disorders in Children. Modern International Center for Speech, Amman, Jordan (May, 1996).
GRANTS AND AWARDS:
•    Minority Student Travel Award Recipient to the ASHA’s 13th Annual Research Symposium: Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Practice. Chicago, IL (November, 2003). Support of US$ 1,000
•    The Gerson Dissertation Fellowship Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida.  Support of US$ 3,750.
•    Outstanding Academic Achievement Award by an International Student (awarded by the Office of International Student Services, University of Florida) for Fall 1998 – Fall 2004.
•    A Master thesis grant supported by the Disabled Children’s Association for a total of US$ 5,275.
•    Dean Honor’s List August 1995 – August 1997, Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
•    Academic Teaching:
o    Neurogenic Language Disorders
•    University of Jordan (Undergraduate Course) – Spring 2007.
o    Instrumentation in Speech-Language Pathology
•    University of Jordan (Undergraduate Course) – Spring 2007
o    Neurogenic Speech Disorders
•    University of Jordan (Undergraduate Course)  – Fall 2006.
o    Principles of Clinical Management
•    University of Jordan (Undergraduate Course)  – Fall 2006.
o    Introduction to Phonetics
•    University of Jordan (Undergraduate Course)  – Fall 2006.
o    Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
•    University of Jordan (Graduate Course)  – Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Spring 2007.
o    Neurology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
•    Amman University (Undergraduate Course) – Spring 2005, Fall 2005.
o    Resonance Disorders and Disorders associated with Cleft Lip and Palate
•    Amman University (Undergraduate Course) – Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006.
•    University of Jordan (Graduate Course) – Spring 2007
o    Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
•    Amman University (Undergraduate Course) – Summer 2005.
o    Field Training in Speech Pathology
•    Amman University (Undergraduate Course)– Spring 2005, Summer 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006.
•    Co-coordinator of students field training.
o    Clinical Practicum III in Speech Pathology
•    Amman University (Undergraduate Course) – Summer 2005.
o    Clinical Practicum II in Speech Pathology
•    Amman University (Undergraduate Course)– Spring 2005, Spring 2006.
o    Clinical Practicum I in Speech Pathology
•    Amman University (Undergraduate Course) – Spring 2005, Fall 2005.
o    Neural Bases of Communication
•    University of Florida (Undergraduate Course) – Fall 2002.
o    Third-Year Arabic
•    University of Florida (Undergraduate Course) – Spring 2000.
•    Professional Workshops Taught:
o    Motor Speech Disorders
•    Disabled Children’s Association (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) – December, 2001.
•    An intensive course aimed at introducing starting clinicians with basic background knowledge on neurogenic disorders to the advanced theories on motor speech disorders and their application to the complex disorders seen in the centers of the Disabled Children’s Association.
o    Feeding and Swallowing and their Disorders
•     Disabled Children’s Association (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) – December, 2001.
•    An intensive course aimed at introducing starting clinicians to theoretical and hands-on experiences with feeding and swallowing difficulties in children and their application to the complex cases seen in the Disabled Children’s Association centers.
•    Teaching Assistant
o    August, 1999 – December, 2002
•    Assisted Dr. Alice T. Dyson in preparation and organization of course materials, gathering reading materials, organizing lecture materials, and other duties as assigned.
•    Received commending to outstanding evaluations.
o    January, 2003 – March 2005
•    Assisted Dr. Christine M. Sapienza in preparation and organization of course materials, gathering reading materials, organizing lecture materials, and other duties as assigned.
•    Received outstanding evaluations.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP:
•    Certified Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT®) provider.
•    Member and Investigator (2002-2005): Movement Disorders Center at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
•    Department Representative and Member (2002-2004): Graduate Student Council of the University of Florida.
•    Member (2000- Present): Saudi Speech Pathology and Audiology Association (SSPAA).
•    Member (1999–2005): Center for Neuropsychological Studies at the University of Florida and Macolm Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL.
•    Member (1999-2000): Florida Speech and Hearing Association (FLASHA).
•    Member (1997–2004): National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA).
•    Member (1997–1998): Local Chapter of the National Student Speech-language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA), and member of the fund-raising committee; University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
•    Founding Member and President (1996–1997): Speech and Hearing Committee of the Student Government.  Applied Science University, Amman, Jordan.

 

 

 

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