Who We Are: The ASHA Leader

The monthly newsmagazine for and about speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The ASHA Leader provides news you can use and showcases the latest research and practice advances in communication sciences and disorders. Celebrating the wide range of people at the heart of the discipline, The ASHA Leader also illuminates the day-to-day work and lives of the 182,000 members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Although content submitted to The Leader is subject to internal editorial review by staff and content experts at the ASHA national office, it is a newsmagazine, and thus is not governed by scholarly peer review.

Editor-in-Chief: Bridget Murray Law

Managing Editor: Carol Polovoy

Content Producer/Editor: Shelley D. Hutchins

Writer/Editor: Haley Blum

Art Director: Michele K. Moy

Production Assistants: Donna Vernon, Jeremi Jones

Photographer: Ben Sledge

Product/Service Advertising: Liz Barrett, The Townshend group, 301-215-6710, ext. 114

Recruitment Advertising Representative: 301-296-8726 

Contact the Leader at leader@asha.org.

What We Publish

  • Features, limited to 2,500 words (including sidebars/figures).
  • Academic Edge, a column about an issue in higher education (limit 650 words).
  • App-titude, a column about apps of interest to speech and hearing professionals (limit 650 words).
  • From My Perspective, 1,200 to 1,500 words, offers a point of view from an ASHA member on an important topic or issue.
  • In Private Practice, a column about starting, marketing and running a private practice (limit 650 words).
  • Make It Work, a column about professional issues for clinicians (limit 650 words).
  • On the Pulse, a column about current issues in health care (limit 650 words).
  • Policy Analysis, a column illuminating current trends and issues in governmental and state policy that affect speech and hearing professionals (limit 650 words).
  • School Matters, a column about current issues of interest to school-based clinicians (limit 650 words).
  • Speaking of Associates, a column for and by SLPAs (limit 650 words).
  • Student’s Say, a column written by students about their experiences in preparing for a career in speech-language pathology or audiology (limit 650 words).
  • World Beat, a column about speech and hearing professionals’ international efforts and activities (limit 650 words).
  • First Person on the Last Page, a 400- to 500-word story about yourself that would interest other members.
  • E-Luminations columns, no more than 750 words, feature first-person client perspectives and experiences.
  • Letters to the Editor, which cannot exceed 250 words. See below for the guidelines for submitting a Letter to the Editor.
  • People, a column recognizing achievements and milestones in the lives of ASHA members. Access the guidelines for submitting an item for People.

Guidelines for Letters to the Editor of The ASHA Leader

We welcome letters to The ASHA Leader and consider every letter for publication in the "Readers Respond" section on a space-available basis. Include your name, address, daytime phone number, and/or e-mail address.

To give more members an opportunity to voice their opinions or concerns, letters should not exceed 250 words. (Parenthetical citations and reference lists will not be included in letters; if you need to refer to a specific research article, please provide a website link for it within the text of your letter and spell out the name of the first author.) Letters beyond two per year by the same author will have lower priority for publication.

Opinions expressed are those of the writer. Publication of a letter does not imply ASHA's endorsement of the author's views. Letters become the property of ASHA and may be edited or abridged. Letters that attack, ridicule, denounce, impugn a person's character, or impute immoral or dishonorable attributes to members on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation will not be published. Letters must be original; The ASHA Leader will not knowingly publish letters that have appeared in other publications.

Submit your letter online, by e-mail to leader@asha.org, or send letters to:

Carol Polovoy
The ASHA Leader
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #201
Rockville, MD 20850

Submit an Item for the "People" Column

The Leader's "People" column recognizes achievements and milestones in the lives of ASHA members. We've expanded our coverage to include the following categories:

Career Moves: Have you been promoted, moved to a different university or practice setting, or established a private practice? We want to know!

Honors and Awards: If you've received an award, we'd be honored to publicize it. Please include a link to any online information about the award.

In the News: If you've been interviewed for a newspaper article, radio or TV show, podcast, or other news outlet, let us know so we can help spread the word.

Obituaries: Please link to an obituary online, or provide the person's age; date, place and cause of death; immediate survivors; and professional accomplishments.

Publications: Have you published a mass-market book on speech, language or hearing? A novel, poetry collection or children's book? Are you launching a new blog or website related to the professions? If so, we'll note it in "People." (Note: Due to space limitations, we cannot accept submissions related to textbooks, treatment manuals, publications in scholarly journals, letters to the editor, etc.)

Retirements: It's important to The Leader that a lifetime of service in the professions be properly highlighted. Include all your career milestones and achievements.

Please include your name as you'd like it to appear in print, your job title, any Internet link(s) to further information, and a high-resolution digital headshot (a .jpg, at least 4" x 6" at 300 dpi, or 1200 x 1800 pixels). Submissions to "People" may be may be edited for length and content.

Submit your notice by e-mail to leader@asha.org.

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