Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, professor emerita of communication disorders at Western Carolina University, has been honored for her work in the field of communication sciences and disorders by the Massachusetts Neuropsychology Society.
Helm-Estabrooks received the society’s 2013 Edith Kaplan Award on Sept. 12 in recognition of her contributions to the field of neuropsychology that promote the “process approach,” a method of accessing brain function with testing first developed by Kaplan, a world renowned clinical neuropsychologist who died in 2009. Helm-Estabrooks is the first speech-language pathologist to receive the award, which was established in 2004.
Helm-Estabrooks said Kaplan was a “close colleague and mentor” of hers for more than 30 years, and Kaplan served as co-chairman of Helm-Estabrooks’ doctoral dissertation committee.
Helm-Estabrooks joined the WCU faculty as an adjunct professor in May 2009 and soon after was named the university’s first Catherine Brewer Smith Distinguished Professor of Communication Disorders. Prior to coming to WCU, she worked as a research professor in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as a clinical investigator for 32 years at the Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center at Boston University School of Medicine.