Kristine Tanner Receives Two Awards Highlighting Her Research

Kristine Tanner in a lab

Kristine Tanner, associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, recently received two awards: BYU’s Early Career Scholarship Award and the Faculty Women’s Association (FWA) 2020 Award for Scholarship. Both awards recognize Tanner’s dedication to her research and accomplishments in academia. In addition to her research on airway problems and her teaching responsibilities, Tanner serves as the chair of the American Board of Voice and Upper Airway Disorders. She consults at the Voice Disorders Center in Salt Lake City and works with patients who have varying voice problems.

The Early Career Scholarship Award was given to four junior faculty members this year who showed “outstanding promise and contributions in scholarship.” Tanner said, “I think it’s just such a tremendous honor and I was really surprised, but I’m just filled with gratitude.”

Tanner was also recognized by the FWA, whose scholarship award is given to female faculty members who make important contributions to their universities, according to the FWA website, as well as to communities around them and in the world at large. The FWA said of Tanner, “She is an excellent role model to both the faculty and students.”

Tanner has worked in the McKay School’s Department of Communication Disorders for eight years. In her time at BYU, she has chaired 16 graduate theses and involved over 72 students in her research. Speaking about her students, she said, “All of the things that we've done in terms of our research has been a group effort. You know, it's been completely teamwork. . . . I'm just so grateful to be able to work with such an outstanding group.”

Tanner’s lab also has two grants from the National Institute of Health—one for a project in which she is the principal investigator and one for research in which she is a coinvestigator. These grants support her research on airway problems for people with asthma and for people with a narrowing of the airway just below the vocal folds. Tanner has cited her diverse team of people and the contributions each of them has made for being “integral to having the success that we've been able to achieve.”

Looking to the future, Tanner said, “I feel like there is so much work to be done in order for us to understand how to help people. The potential impact of this work is very far-reaching, which is very humbling.”

Writer: Camille Ladd
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