School of Health Professions

SLP student receives TSAHP award

Jena Hermes, speech-language pathology master's student


Second-year speech-language pathology master’s student Jena Hermes received the 2022 Texas Society for Advancement of Health Professions (TSAHP) Student Award.

Hermes received the award at the TSAHP annual conference awards dinner on Sept. 22.

“The committee selected Jena based on her service to the community and profession, as well as her scholastic achievement and future professional potential,” noted Assistant Professor Rocío Norman, PhD, CCC-SLP. Hermes is a graduate research assistant in Norman’s lab, which is engaged in mild traumatic brain injury research.

“It was a really nice surprise,” Hermes said of the award. “I have been very pleasantly surprised by the opportunities I have had at UT Health, especially in research. I think my involvement in research also helped me with the award. Through research working with Dr. Norman, I have been able to get more community outreach in.”

Hermes also won second place for a virtual poster titled “The Relationship Between Cognitive-Linguistic Performance on Sleep Problems in Adults with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” which describes a project on which she collaborated with Norman and Tara Flaugher of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Hermes is one of three students in the School of Health Professions’ Distinction in Research program this year, and the poster topic also is the subject of her Distinction in Research project. Hermes received cash awards for both the student award and the poster contest.

The 2022 TSAHP Annual Conference was hosted by Texas State University in Round Rock.

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