This month, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association honored Dr. Kay Payne ’73, a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University’s School of Communications.
Payne is internationally renowned for her unique specializations in sociolinguistics and cultural anthropology, with expertise on communication disorders including diagnosis, treatment and bilingual issues. An authority on test-taking skills and cultural diversity, she has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship twice to do research in Egypt and India, exchange fellowships in Brazil and China, a Ford Foundation Research Fellowship in Namibia, and a travel fellowship in Russia and Ukraine.
ASHA Honors are bestowed on individuals whose contributions and impact have been of such great magnitude as to alter the course of the profession. The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia on Nov. 18.
Payne, who received her Ph.D. from Howard University in Communication Sciences & Disorders, has taught at the university since 1977 when she was a graduate assistant. She helped create of the first software program to improve the scores of minority students on the PRAXIS examinations, used to evaluate individuals for entry into teacher education programs. She is the author of three best-selling books and two CD ROMs related to PRAXIS and has also developed two distance-learning courses for PRAXIS delivered via the Blackboard course management system.
In 1993, she was named an ASHA fellow and more recently received the prestigious Scholar-Mentor Award from the National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing. The award is given to an outstanding professional who has been involved in the mentoring of black students in speech-language pathology, audiology and/or speech-hearing sciences through research, clinical, administrative and/or academic activities.
Earlier in 2016, the William Smith Alumnae Association presented Payne with its highest honor, the Alumna Achievement Award.