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» International Cognitive-Communication Disorders Conference

January 16 – 18, 2020

Chapman University, Orange, CA, in the heart of "Old Towne of Orange"

Come to the second ICCDC to present your latest research and hear what your colleagues are doing in the management of cognitive-communication disorders after brain injury. ICCDC is a small venue where researchers and clinicians will have the opportunity to learn through peer reviewed presentations and extensive discussion.

The emphasis of this conference is on the cognitive, communication and social disorders after traumatic brain injury, including mTBI or concussion. However, research on other kinds of brain injuries with similar disorders are encouraged as well, e.g., right hemisphere related brain disorders.

Conference presenters are encouraged to submit a manuscript of their research for publication in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (AJSLP)

Keynote Speaker

Amir Raz, Ph.D., Professor, Director, Institute for Interdisciplinary Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Sponsored by: Chapman University, CREAN College of Health and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

CEUs will be available. Reasonable registration and student rates.

Conference Agenda

Conference Chair: Mary Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP,

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+ - Call for Papers

Types of papers 

Researchers are invited to present original research studies on the nature and management of cognitive and communication disorders associated with traumatic brain injury, including concussion. Because the intent of the conference is to foster clinical research, priority will be given to proposals that describe studies where the data has been collected and analyzed.

  • Paper presentations will be kept to 15 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of discussion.

Program Committee

The program committee will evaluate each submission and decide on its acceptability. This peer- reviewed process ensures that a high-quality standard will be adhered to. The program committee members are:

  • Mary RT Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP – Program and Conference Chairperson, Professor, Chapman University
  • Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor and Department Chair, University of Houston
  • Angela Hein Ciccia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University
  • Fofi Constantinidou, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FACRM, Professor, University of Cyprus
  • Kathryn Yarema Hardin, Ph.D., Adjunt Clinical Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Katy O'Brien, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
  • Leanne Togher, Ph.D., University of Sydney, Australia
  • Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD(A), SLP Program Assistant Dean, McMaster University

Dates to keep in mind

  • Proposals can be submitted from a link provided on this webpage starting on June 24th.
  • September 20th is the deadline for submitting proposals.
  • First authors will be notified by October 4th.


  • Authors whose papers have been accepted are expected to register and attend the conference. Registration will also be open to researchers and clinicians who are not presenting papers, after we know how many authors will be attending. We anticipate that the total attendance will be about 125.
  • Registration will be open in October
  • The cost for this inaugural conference will be kept at a minimum.
    • Presenters and non-presenters – full registration: $275 US
    • Students – student registration: $50 US


The conference is being held at Chapman University, located in Orange, California, in the heart of ‘Old Towne Orange’. There are numerous boutique shops, restaurants and antique stores a few blocks from campus.

We are currently working with a local hotel to secure a block of rooms for the dates on and around the conference.

Keep checking this webpage for continual updates.

For further questions, contact Mary Kennedy at

+ - Submission Instructions

Click on the link below to submit your proposal. You will need contact information for yourself, as the submitting author, and for the author to be contacted, if that is not you. Abstracts should be no more than 50 words long. The body of the proposal should be submitted as a pdf, no longer than 1200 words and in a format typical of research proposals, i.e., rationale/background, methodology (participants, procedures, design), results, discussion.

Submit your abstract »

+ - Conference Location

The International Cognitive-Communication Disorders Conference  (ICCDC) will be held at Chapman University in Orange, CA. 

Room: Beckman Hall, Conference Room 404

+ - Registration

Registration will open in October

+ - Travel

Orange County (John Wayne) Airport is convenient to Chapman University. The airport is served by American, United, Southwest, Delta, and Alaska Airlines.

Los Angeles International Airport is approximately one hour from the University and is served by a large number of airlines.

Airport Shuttle Service

+ - Accommodations

ALO Hotel
3737 W. Chapman Ave. Orange, CA 92868

More details coming soon.

+ - The Orange Circle | Shopping, Restaurants, Nightlife

The Orange Circle, located walking distance from Chapman University’s campus, offers a variety of restaurants, bars and shopping boutiques.


Blaze Pizza

Café Lucca

Citrus City Grille

The Filling Station Café

Francoli Gourmet

Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen

Haven’s Gastropub

Paris in a Cup


Watson’s Café


The District Lounge

Haven’s Gastropub

O’Hara’s Pub

Paul’s Cocktails



Coco Rose Boutique

Country Roads Antiques

The Dragonfly Shops & Garden


Orange Circle Antique Mall

+ - Near the Orange Circle | Things to Do

Shops and Nightlife

Anaheim Gardenwalk is an outdoor dining, entertainment and shopping destination in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, steps from the Disneyland Resort and Anaheim Convention Center.

The District, located in Tustin, is a lifestyle shopping experience with retailers providing goods and services for all aspects of life.

The Outlets at Orange, a short drive from Chapman University’s campus, offers a variety of retail shops, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and activities.

Main Place Mall, Santa Ana, CA

+ - EXPLORE THE COAST | Restaurants & Nightlife at the Beach

Beach cities are about a 30-45-minute drive from Chapman University. Local beaches include Long Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach.  South Orange County beach cities include Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach, and Dana Point.  Here a list of popular places: 


Billy’s At the Beach, Newport Beach, CA

The Cannery – Seafood of the Pacific, Newport Beach, CA

The Hangout Restaurant, Seal Beach, CA

Javier’s, Newport Beach, CA

Mastro’s Ocean Club, Newport Beach, CA

Mozambique Steakhouse/Bar/Lounge, Laguna Beach, CA

Ola Mexican Kitchen, Huntington Beach, CA

Salt Creek Grille, Dana Point, CA

Skyloft, Laguna Beach, CA

Sol Mexican Cocina, Newport Beach, CA

The Rooftop, Laguna Beach, CA

Tantalum Restaurant, Long Beach, CA



Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA

South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA

Contact Us

Mary Kennedy, Ph.D
Professor and Chair, CSD, ICCDC chair

Catherine Dee, MS
Admissions Specialist
(714) 516-4535


Registration will open : TBA