School of Health and Human Services

Sarah Smits-Bandstra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Sarah Smits-Bandstra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

E-mail: smsmitsbandstra@stcloudstate.edu

Education

  • B.A., (Hons.) Psychology, University of Waterloo, 1997
  • M.Sc., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Western Ontario, 2000
  • Ph.D., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, 2006
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Communication Sciences and Disorders, McGill University, Montreal Canada, 2009

Courses Taught

  • CSD 130 Intro to Human Communication Disorders
  • CSD 322 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • CSD 324 Speech Science
  • CSD 432/532 Fluency Disorders
  • CSD 426/526 Neurological Bases of Speech-Language Pathology
  • CSD 637 Motor Speech Disorders
  • CSD 676 Fluency Disorders Seminar
  • CSD 452 Undergraduate Clinical Practicum
  • CSD 648 Graduate Clinical Practicum

 

The Motor Speech and Motor Learning Lab

Primary Investigator: Sarah Smits-Bandstra
Research Assistant: Space open to students, please come and talk to me
Thesis Students: Space open to students, please come and talk to me

Dr. Smits-Bandstra’s current research interests include the underlying cause of developmental motor speech disorders (e.g., apraxia, stuttering) as well as examining treatment effectiveness for developmental motor speech disorders .   Ongoing projects in the lab include…

  • Comparing the disfluencies of developmental stuttering and acquired stuttering associated with Parkinson’s disease
  • Comparing motor preparation brain activity (evoked response potentials) of persons who stutter, person’s with Parkinson’s disease and control subjects
  • Examining how speech and non-speech sequences are learned by persons who stutter
  • Manipulating motor learning variables such as practice, feedback and reinforcement to promote to promote treatment effectiveness for children and adults with various motor speech disorders

Sarah Smits-Bandstra also heads up the National Stuttering Association St. Cloud chapter. NSA is a social group that meets to support people who stutter. People of all ages are welcome to attend our National Stuttering Association St. Cloud Chapter Self-Help Group (please see website for details, dates and times). Information can also be found on Facebook.: www.facebook.com/NationalStutteringAssociationStCloud?ref=hl

Publications

Holman, W. P., & Smits-Bandstra, S. (submitted) Speech Planning Processes in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease: An Evoked Response Potential Study.

Referred Publications

Smits-Bandstra, S., & Gracco, V. (2013). Speech sequence learning in persons who stutter and persons with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Motor Behavior. 45 (5), 381-393. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2013.812058.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2013). Chunking of persons who stutter and fluent speakers during sequencing. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 27, 72-84.

Smits-Bandstra, S. (2010). Methodological considerations in the measurement of reaction time in persons who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 35, 19-32.

Smits-Bandstra S., & De Nil, L. (2009). Speech skill learning of persons who stutter and fluent speakers under single and dual task conditions. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. 23, 38-57.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2007). Sequence skill learning in persons who stutter: implications for cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical dysfunction. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 32, 251-278.

Smits-Bandstra, S., De Nil, L. F., & Rochon, E. (2006). The transition to increased automaticity during finger sequence learning in adult males who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 31, 22-42.

Smits-Bandstra, S., De Nil, L. F., & Saint-Cyr, J. A. (2006). Speech and nonspeech sequence skill learning in adults who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 31, 116-131.

Smits-Bandstra, S. (2006). Lexical acquisition through segmentation. Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, 30, 182-191.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & Yovetich, Y. (2003). Treatment effectiveness for school aged children who stutter. Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, 27(2), 125.

Smits-Bandstra, S. (2003). The developmental consequences of Otitis Media. University of Toronto Medical Journal, 81, 132.

Invited Publications

Smits-Bandstra, S. (2011). How people who stutter and people with Parkinson’s disease learn and remember speech therapy skills. Paper presented at the International Stuttering Awareness Day Conference. Retrieved Oct 22, 2011, from http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/isad15/isadcon15.html.

De Nil, L. F., Sasisekaran, J., & Smits-Bandstra, S. (2004). Recent insights into the nature of stuttering: A review and some speculations. Logopedie, 17, 26-38.

Refereed Published Abstracts

Smits-Bandstra, S., Anderson, J., & Steifels, M. (July 2013). “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade: Positive Thinking Strategies for People who Stutter” [Abstract]. National Stuttering Association Annual Conference Program.

Dahl, E., Stolt, B., Korman, K. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Teaching Easy Onsets Effectively for Optimum Transfer Outside of the Clinic” [Abstract]. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Research Symposium Program.

Nemitz, J., Brantley, M., Thomas, P. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013) “Teaching Pausing Effectively for Optimum Transfer Outside of the Clinic” [Abstract]. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Research Symposium Program.

Carlson, K., Peterson, R., Roberts, A. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013) “Teaching Easy Onsets Effectively for Optimum Retention” [Abstract]. St Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium.

Dahl, E., Stolt, B., Korman, K., & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Teaching Easy Onsets Effectively for Optimum Transfer Outside of the Clinic” [Abstract]. St Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium.

Holman, W. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Comparative effectiveness of practice schedules for chidlren with speech sound disorders” [Abstract]. St Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium.

McWilliams, E., Rehnstrand, W., Swanberg, B. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Teaching Pausing Effectively for Optimum Retention” [Abstract]. St Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium.

Nemitz, J., Brantley, M., Thomas, P. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Teaching Pausing Effectively for Optimum Transfer Outside of the Clinic” [Abstract]. St Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium.

Carlson, K., Peterson, R., Roberts, A. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013) “Teaching Easy Onsets Effectively for Optimum Retention” [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Holman, W. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Comparative effectiveness of practice schedules for chidlren with speech sound disorders” [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

McWilliams, E., Rehnstrand, W., Swanberg, B., & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Teaching Pausing Effectively for Optimum Retention” [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Dalleiden, J, Onken, J. & Regnier, S. (2012). “Transfer of therapy skills: Key principles everyone should know [Abstract]. St Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium.

Stenerson, S., Swanson, R. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (2012) “Making therapy more effective: Key principles everyone should know [Abstract]. St Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium.

Daleiden, J,, Onken, J. & Regnier, S. (April 2012). “Transfer of therapy skills: Key principles everyone should know [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Stenerson, S., Swanson, R. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2012) “Making therapy more effective: Key principles everyone should know [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Holman, W., Smits-Bandstra, S., Griffin, L. (November 2011). “Comparative effectiveness of practice schedules for chidlren with speech sound disorders” [Abstract]. American Speech Language Hearing Association Conference Program (page 181).

Holman, W., Smits-Bandstra, S., Griffin, L. (April 2010). “Comparative effectiveness of practice schedules for chidlren with speech sound disorders” [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Holman, W., Smits-Bandstra, S., Griffin, L. (April 2010). “Comparative effectiveness of practice schedules for children with speech sound disorders” [Abstract]. St Cloud State University Student Research Colloquium.

Smits-Bandstra, S., Bauerly, K., Kroll, B., Gracco, V., & De Nil, L. (May 2010) “Clinical Research in Adult Motor Speech Disorders and Fluency” [Abstract]. Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologists Conference Program.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & Gracco, V. (2010). Retention of speech sequence learning in stuttering and Parkinson’s disease [Abstract]. American Speech Language Hearing Association Conference Program, Session # 1051.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & Gracco, V. (2009). Comparing sequence learning and retention in stuttering and Parkinson’s disease [Abstract]. Proceedings from the Sixth World Congress of Fluency Disorders.

Smits-Bandstra, S., Gracco, V., & De Nil, L.F. (2009). Comparing sequence learning and retention in stuttering and Parkinson’s disease [Abstract]. American Speech Hearing Association Convention Program, Session #1567.

Smits-Bandstra, S., Gracco, V. (2009). Implicit sequence learning in persons who stutter and persons with Parkinson’s disease: An evoked response potential study [Abstract]. NeuroImage, 47 (Suppl. 1), S120.

Smits-Bandstra, S., Gracco, V., & De Nil, L.F. (2009). Comparing speech skill learning in stuttering and Parkinson’s disease [Abstract]. Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Conference Program.

Smits-Bandstra, S., Gracco, V., & De Nil, L.F. (2008). Comparing speech skill learning in stuttering and Parkinson’s disease [Abstract]. American Speech Hearing Association Convention Program, Session # 1567.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2005). Motor learning and automaticity in persons who stutter [Abstract]. American Speech Hearing Association Convention Program, Session # 0938.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2005). Decreased automaticity: A possible causal variable of relapse in persons who stutter [Abstract]. Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Convention Program.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2004). Motor sequence learning in adults who stutter [Abstract]. American Speech Hearing Association Convention Program, Session # 0525.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2004). Rethinking severity measurement in stuttering [Abstract]. Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Convention Program.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2003). Motor learning impairment: A possible cause of stuttering [Abstract]. Proceedings of the Fourth World Congress on Fluency Disorders, 45.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2003). Motor learning of speech and non-speech tasks in persons who stutter [Abstract]. Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Convention Program.

Invited Presentations

Smits-Bandstra S. & Gracco, V. (2012). Implicit learning in stuttering and Parkinson’s disease: Event-related potentials [Abstract]. European Symposium on Fluency Disorders Convention Program.

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