Dr. Jenya Iuzzini-Seigel honored with Way Klingler Young Scholar Award

Dr. Jenya Iuzzini-Seigel is an assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology in the College of Health Sciences. She is a 2020 recipient of the Way Klingler Young Scholar Award.

Iuzzini-Seigel joined Marquette in 2015. Since then, she has made great contributions to the College of Health Sciences.

Her research focuses on the different diagnoses and treatments of communication differences and disorders in children. She is mainly interested in childhood apraxia of speech, an uncommon speech disorder in which a child has difficulty making accurate movements when speaking.

Dr. Jenya Iuzzini-Seigel with her one year old, Sammy Giovanni.

“Dr. Iuzzini-Seigel’s studies may lead to better early intervention and more targeted treatment for this population of children. I believe strongly in her research direction,” Dr. William E. Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, said.

Dr. Iuzzini-Seigel with students at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) conference.
Dr. Iuzzini-Seigel and students at the Walk for Apraxia.

Iuzzini-Seigel is director of the Communication, Movement, and Learning Lab where she aims to identify factors that contribute to disorder onset and resolution for children with communication disorders. The courses she teaches include Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology; Voice Disorders; and Research Methodology.

The Way Klingler Young Scholar Award supports promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover a portion of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester release from teaching.

Dr. Iuzzini-Seigel posing with her students at the Walk for Apraxia.

Iuzzini-Seigel’s semester long research plan involves collecting and analyzing speech, language, movement and procedural learning data on children with seizure disorders to conduct careful phenotyping of speech characteristics in this population. Due to COVID-19, she has adapted this plan to collect data over teleconferencing which will allow data collection across the country. She also plans to draft a R21 proposal for research that would develop a phone app to assess the procedural learning ability in children. Lastly, Iuzzini-Seigel plans to prepare two manuscripts: Procedural learning in children with CAS and speech delay and Motor Entrainment Treatment in children with CAS.

Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation, shared a short video congratulating Dr. Iuzzini-Seigel.


Congratulations to Marquette University’s faculty and staff award recipients for the 2019–20 academic year. Marquette is blessed to have some of the most dedicated and talented faculty and staff members in higher education. And the university holds in high esteem its tradition to honor these remarkable individuals at awards and recognition ceremonies throughout each spring semester.

Aligned with our mission, these recipients display the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others.

Please read on, and enjoy profiles of the deserving women and men who were recognized this spring.