2018 Awards of Excellence

ASHA is proud to present the recipients of the association’s 2018 Awards of Excellence. The outstanding awardees have made significant contributions to communication sciences and disorders. Their work has drawn accolades from their colleagues, students and clients.

2018 Honors of the Association

The Honors of the Association, ASHA’s highest distinction, recognizes members for distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Recipients are known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching or other distinguished professional contributions.



Judy R. Dubno

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

TJudy R. Dubno’s trailblazing research has focused on auditory perception and speech recognition in adverse conditions and how these change with age, hearing loss, hearing aids and training. Through a 30-year longitudinal study of age-related hearing loss with basic science collaborators, Dubno and her research team continue to examine how auditory, cognitive, genetic, molecular/cellular and health factors affect hearing and communication in older adults. Currently professor and director of the Hearing Research Program in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Dubno has received continuous funding for her research since 1981 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and has published more than 130 journal articles. Dubno served as member or chair of NIH review and advisory panels, including the Advisory Council of NIH/NIDCD. She was president (2000–2001) of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA, 2014–2015), associate editor of the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders (1985–1989), a prolific reviewer for ASHA and other journals, and twice member of ASHA’s Research and Scientific Affairs Committee. Dubno is a Fellow of ASHA, ASA, and the International Collegium on Rehabilitative Audiology. She earned Editor’s Awards from the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research (1996) and Ear and Hearing (2009), the James F. Jerger Career Award from the American Academy of Audiology (2011), was named the Carhart Memorial Lecturer by the American Auditory Society (2012), and received the South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science (2018).


Linda J. Hood

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Linda Hood’s decades-long investigations of otoacoustic emissions and auditory evoked potentials contributed to her participation with colleagues in identifying a novel disorder—auditory neuropathy—that has shaped strategies in diagnostic audiology and newborn hearing screening. Hood’s wide-ranging research interests include physiologic measures of auditory function, efferent auditory function, hereditary hearing loss, auditory neuropathy/dys-synchrony, development of hearing, aging of the auditory system, cochlear implants, and genetics. Hood has been consistently funded as a principal or co-principal investigator. She is author or co-author of two auditory evoked potentials textbooks, and was an editor of two editions of “Katz’s Handbook of Clinical Audiology.” She has written or co-written 26 book chapters and 33 invited articles, and given many invited presentations at venues worldwide. At Vanderbilt, she has directed and served on committees for PhD research and AuD capstone projects. She participates in multiple activities with the NIH-NIDCD and the World Health Organization (WHO). Hood has served on many committees and boards for ASHA and other professional organizations, and was president of the American Academy of Audiology (1992–1993), the American Auditory Society (2013–2014), and the International Society of Audiology (2014–2016). An ASHA Fellow, Hood earned the Research Achievement Award from the American Academy of Audiology (2002), and accepted the American Auditory Society’s Wayne J. Staab Award in 2017.



David Paul Kuehn

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Emeritus)

Over a 40-year career, David Paul Kuehn’s work in cleft palate and cleft palate speech has made an acute impact on basic and applied research in this area, greatly increasing the evidence base for intervention. His cross-disciplinary research—focused primarily on oropharyngeal speech science and velopharyngeal anatomy, physiology, and competency assessment—has forged a bridge between the work of surgeons and speech-language pathologists. Kuehn developed CPAP therapy, a procedure used worldwide to ameliorate velopharyngeal incompetency. Recently, he devised novel methods for using MRI to study velopharyngeal anatomy and physiology in vivo. Kuehn’s empowerment of others is cited as a career hallmark; he has devoted himself to helping people with craniofacial anomalies, and to that end joined many medical and educational missions worldwide to provide treatment and train local personnel. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1985 and in 2009 was named professor emeritus, in addition to appointments at a diverse range of top universities. Kuehn has advised or co-advised more than 40 student thesis and dissertation projects. He has published more than 123 journal articles, a textbook and 17 book chapters. An ASHA Fellow, Kuehn was ASHA vice president for research and technology (1995–1997), president of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA; 1989), co-chair of ASHA’s 75th-anniversary Convention (2000), and chair of the ACPA Commission on Approval of Teams (2011–2016). He was an editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research and the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. In May 2018, Kuehn earned the ACPA’s Distinguished Service Award.



Bonnie J. Martin-Harris

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Bonnie J. Martin-Harris’ groundbreaking work in dysphagia and swallowing disorders forever altered how clinicians understand impairment of the upper aerodigestive tract and its cross-system interactions. Martin-Harris developed the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP©™), the first universal, standardized, reliable and valid method for performing and interpreting videofluoroscopic swallowing studies. Her leadership and administrative skills have led to the creation of effective, multi-disciplinary teams, the first combined voice and swallowing center (the Evelyn Trammell Institute at the Medical University of South Carolin, MUSC), and MUSC’s PhD program in health sciences and research. Martin-Harris is the Alice Gabrielle Twight Professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She served as chair of ASHA’s SIG 13 and the Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, authored nine book chapters, and given more than 60 live presentations around the world. She has reviewed articles for 14 journals since 1993, and served as associate editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (2005–2010). Her work has received external funding from the NIH and VA; she recently secured a Veterans Administration merit grant to examine effects of respiratory-swallow training on patients’ dysphagia following oropharyngeal cancer treatment. An ASHA Fellow, Martin-Harris received the MUSC Admiral Albert J. Baciocco Innovation Award (2016), and in 2013 ASHA named her the Kay Pentax Lecturer in Upper Airway Science.



Rebecca Joan McCauley

The Ohio State University, Columbus

Rebecca Joan McCauley’s research and writing on children’s communication disorders—especially speech sound disorders—has had a profound influence on clinicians, teachers, researchers and students over the course of her 30-plus-year career. She is deeply committed to scientific rigor and the use of evidence to guide clinical decision-making; her enduring contributions to the professions include psychometric methodology and highlighting evidence-based practice. McCauley’s insightful examinations of standardized tests led to improvements in newer assessments’ psychometric properties. As professor at The Ohio State University (OSU) and director of the Children's Communications Laboratory, she has been a tireless mentor and advocate for many master’s and doctoral students, both at OSU and previously at the University of Vermont. McCauley has co-authored and co-edited numerous publications, including nine books and one standardized test for children (the Dynamic Evaluation of Motor Speech Skills), and is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language. With several colleagues, McCauley developed a template that has been used and modified to describe and evaluate treatments in five co-edited books that provide evidence for effective interventions in the areas of language disorders, speech sound disorders, stuttering, and autism spectrum disorders She has published 15 assessment-tool reviews for the Mental Measurement Yearbook and received the Distinguished Reviewer Award from the Buros Institute in 2006. An ASHA Fellow, McCauley served as associate or guest editor for several journals, including the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. She is also a frequent reviewer for several ASHA and other journals. McCauley has given more than 25 invited presentations worldwide since 2010. She received the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement in 1994, and in 2014 earned the inaugural Award for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring from the OSU Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.



Elena Plante

The University of Arizona, Tucson

During 25 years as a teacher, mentor, clinician, research scientist and professional leader, Elena Plante has made critical contributions to the understanding of developmental language disorder in children. Plante was one of the first investigators to link neurobiology to specific language impairment, and her work bolstered the use of MRI to identify neurological bases for this and other disorders. She developed behavioral assessments and novel intervention techniques that are now in use worldwide, worked to translate research findings to clinical practice, and redirected clinical efforts nationwide by highlighting diagnostic accuracy analyses of norm-referenced tests. Now a professor at the University of Arizona, Plante is known as a world‐class researcher and teacher. Her work has been consistently funded since 2006, and will continue to be funded through 2021 with her most recent grant. She has 112 oft-cited, peer-reviewed publications in a wide variety of top‐tier basic science journals, and co-authored several widely used standardized tests for children with language disorders. Plante is co-author of the 2013 textbook, “Communication and Communication Disorders,” currently in its fourth edition. An ASHA Fellow, she has earned multiple Editor’s Awards from ASHA journals. When Plante served on ASHA’s Research and Scientific Affairs Committee, she was instrumental in developing the ASHA‐ASHFoundation Grant Review and Training Workshop. She chaired that committee and also served on the ASHA Research Conference Steering Committee (1996–2001) and on multiple ASHA Convention program committees. She begins her elected term as ASHA vice president for science and research in 2019.



Vicki A. Reed

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia (Emeritus) The University of Sydney, Australia (Emeritus)

Vicki A. Reed has made seminal contributions to the research base on child language development and disorders—particularly adolescent language and literacy disorders—throughout her 40-plus-year career as a scholar, clinician, client advocate, mentor and international proponent of speech-language pathology education. Since 1986, her pioneering and funded work in adolescent language helped spotlight the chronic nature of language disorders. Reed has tirelessly pursued academic program improvement in the U.S. and Australia, was the major force in saving what was then New Zealand’s only speech-language preparation program, and contributed to improvements in speech-language services in China and Thailand. Now a two-time emeritus professor—of James Madison University and The University of Sydney—Reed is an ASHA Fellow, and her textbook, “An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders,” is in its fifth edition. She is author or co-author of 49 peer-reviewed studies, has given 119 presentations, 31 invited talks and workshops, and multiple video, web-based and face-to-face workshops. Reed has served as a reviewer for numerous journals and on multiple university committees, and has mentored scores of student dissertations and theses. She served on the editorial board, or as a guest editor or reviewer, for many scholarly journals, including Communication Disorders Quarterly and Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. Reed also served as the speech-language pathology higher education consultant for two U.S. Department of Education grants awarded to the Virginia Department of Education, and was an invited international discussant to the 26th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics in Brisbane (2004).



Anne van Kleeck

University of Texas at Dallas

Anne van Kleeck’s pioneering research examining the link between preschoolers’ oral language and their later literacy development, and her work on cultural variation in parent-child interaction, changed the course of the professions, and her innovative intervention programs helped to improve the language skills of countless children. Her recent focus has been on understanding, measuring and fostering preschool oral language skills critical to later reading comprehension and academic success—what she refers to as “academic talk.” Van Kleeck’s work in preschoolers’ emerging literacy development—including the academic language register and the intrinsic value of parents’ involvement in their preschool children’s later literacy development—were foundational to current practice surrounding language acquisition and helped expand the scope of speech-language pathology treatment. A professor and Callier Center for Communication Disorders Research Scholar at the University of Texas at Dallas, van Kleeck remains a leading researcher in emerging literacy. She has edited or co-edited five books and published nearly 70 refereed journal articles and book chapters. In her current position and as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Georgia, she has served as a research mentor for many students—including more than 45 master’s and doctoral candidates. Van Kleeck chaired the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Georgia, Athens (1997–2004) and was a member of ASHA’s Research and Scientific Affairs Committee (1993–1996). An ASHA Fellow, van Kleeck won the Dina Feitelson Research Award (2011) from the International Reading Association, the Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children’s Educator of the Year Award (2015), and two Editor’s Awards (1994, 2014) from the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.



Amy Miller Wetherby

Florida State University, Tallahassee

Amy Miller Wetherby’s revolutionary research and clinical contributions have significantly altered communication assessment and intervention services for people with autism. Her early work on pre-language communication provided seminal insight into normal and disordered processes of language acquisition. This work led to the development of the “Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales,” a gold standard for assessing social-communication abilities of infants and toddlers. At Florida State University, Wetherby is a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, director of the Autism Institute in the College of Medicine, and the Laurel Schendel professor of communication disorders. Her consistently funded research has resulted in more than 100 published works—including 61 articles in prominent journals; seven books, edited volumes and product manuals; 31 invited publications and book chapters; and four websites, internet courses and resources. In the past decade she has given more than 150 presentations worldwide. A dedicated teacher and mentor, she has directed 30 doctoral dissertations and master’s theses, and sat on 17 post-graduate committees. An ASHA Fellow, Wetherby chaired ASHA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders (2004–2005). She is executive director of the Florida State University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, and project director of the FIRST WORDS Project, a longitudinal autism study funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her reach is global with Autism Navigator®, an innovative collection of web-based tools and courses with extensive video footage that illustrates effective evidence-based practice.



Kathleen A. Whitmire

SDG Enterprise LLC, Greensboro, North Carolina

Although Kathleen A. Whitmire’s career of more than 40 years has evolved from clinician and researcher to higher education department chair, ASHA national office staff, national administrator and international consultant, she has always maintained a singular focus on school-based services. Her colleagues recognize her as a “school-based warrior” and “game changer who moved the mountain of school-based practice into the 21st century,” leaving “an indelible legacy.” She has been a tireless advocate for school-based services, fostering innovative clinical practice, supporting rigorous research to better define the evidence base, and teaching numerous university and professional development courses, some at the international level. As ASHA director of school services (1999–2007) and director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ RTI Action Network (2007–2012), she elevated the profile of speech-language services in schools, enabling school-based clinicians to find their voice. At ASHA, she reinvigorated the annual Schools Conference, helped reinstitute the Schools Survey, led the charge on ASHA’s caseload-workload policy, and spearheaded publication of many of ASHA’s popular resources. Now an educational consultant, she is helping to launch AmplioSpeech—a groundbreaking, global-award-winning digital platform—in U.S. schools. She has given more than 125 presentations over the past 25 years and published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals. An ASHA Fellow and Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders, she has been an Editorial Board member for Topics in Language Disorders and Communication Disorders Quarterly. She has earned numerous awards for her distinguished service and commitment to the profession.


Annie Glenn Award



Daymond John, CEO and founder, FUBU; investor, “Shark Tank”

The Annie Glenn Award, named for the wife of the late Sen. John Glenn, shines a spotlight on those who exemplify Mrs. Glenn’s efforts to bring attention to communication disorders.

Daymond John is a well-known entrepreneur, creator of the iconic fashion brand FUBU (For Us By Us), marketing expert, author, and business and motivational speaker. On the ABC show “Shark Tank,” he and four other investors listen to business pitches from everyday people hoping to bring their company or product to new heights. By investing his own money in projects of his choice, Daymond partners with the entrepreneurs to helping them turn their dreams into a reality.

John uses hearing aids and has dyslexia, and he has used his platform to bring awareness to communication disorders. He has long talked openly about his learning disability and its effects on him and his family, and has said that reaching a position of success gave him the opportunity to speak out for those living with similar conditions. He recently spoke out about his hearing loss and the changes that high-tech hearing aids have made in his life and business success. He travels to Apple stores across the country to talk about how tech innovation is helping those with disabilities.


Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publications



Kathryn Yorkston, University of Washington

A specialist in motor speech disorders in adults, Yorkston has spent much of her professional career bridging the divide between research and practice and bringing together multiple fields of study. Her influential publishing career has spanned decades and included more than 40 contributions to the ASHA journals, covering multiple topic areas with her colleagues.

Yorkston is an ASHA Fellow and Honors recipient. She and her colleagues have twice been recognized with ASHA Editor’s Awards. Her goal at this point in her career—she is professor and Head of the University of Washington’s Division of Speech Pathology in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine—is to mentor the next generation of clinical researchers.


Distinguished Service Award



Dan Habib, Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

Habib is the creator of award-winning documentary films that center on inclusion, disability rights, personal empowerment, revising society’s narrative about issues related to disability, and the use of and need for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Since his initial (2009) documentary film—“Including Samuel”—Habib has created numerous award-winning documentaries and short films, including “Who Cares About Kelsey?” and “Mr. Connolly Has ALS.” His more than 20 short films on disability, many of which feature people who use AAC, present the authentic struggles, questions and doubts of people with disabilities, their service providers and their families, while highlighting access and autonomy. As the filmmaker for the School-wide Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center, a federally funded, national technical assistance center based at the University of Kansas, he is creating short training and outreach films on educate general and special education students together and improving academic outcomes. In 2014, Habib was appointed to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, which promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.


Dorothy Dreyer Award for Volunteerism



Carol B. Fleming, Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock (Arkansas) School District

Described as a is a fearless and tireless advocate for the professions in all environments, Fleming has served in dozens of volunteer and leadership positions at local, state and national levels while working full time as a school-based clinician. She served on ASHA Convention topic committees; the Government Relations and Public Policy board; special interest group coordinating committees; and the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee, including a term as vice chair. She chaired the ASHA-PAC board, the Joint Committee on State-National Association Relationships Committee, and the School Finance Committee. She is also ASHA’s State Education Advocacy Leader for Arkansas. Fleming twice served as president of the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and, during her second term, as president of the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP). In that role, she worked closely with ASHA to arrange training for state association leaders and played an integral role in the bringing ASHA and CSAP together to plan and conduct annual trainings and meetings.


Fellowship of the Association

Mary Lee Casper

HCR Manorcare

  • Served as ASHA 2017 Convention co-chair, Legislative Council representative, coordinator of Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology.
  • Developed speech-language pathology clinical program for 300-plus clinicians in 32 states.
  • Developed expertise in billing, payment, regulations, policy and documentation in long-term care.
Michelle R. Ciucci

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentors undergraduates, graduates, doctoral candidates, medical students and residents.
  • Conducts federally funded research and develops treatments related to swallowing for people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Served as president of the Executive Committee of the American Parkinson Disease Association and president of the Wisconsin chapter, and in leadership positions for the Dysphagia Research Society and the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders.
Heather M. Clark

Mayo Clinic

  • Co-developed the Apraxia of Speech Rating Scale to provide a valid and reliable diagnostic tool.
  • Published extensively on the neuromuscular pathophysiology of dysphagia and dysarthria and the development of rehabilitation methods for these disorders.
  • Was one of the first university instructors to use and develop distance-learning courses.
Craig E. Coleman

Marshall University

  • Developed new independent study, practicum, seminar and undergraduate courses in stuttering.
  • Served as coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 4, Fluency Disorders, was a subject matter consultant for the ASHA Practice Portal on childhood stuttering, and served on the ASHA Legislative Council.
  • Served on the board of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders, served as president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and chaired the National Stuttering Association Insurance Advocacy Committee.
Sumitrajit Dhar

Northwestern University

  • Received university and statewide teaching awards and has supervised undergraduate, AuD, doctoral and post-doctoral research for many students.
  • Has authored/co-authored 55 peer-reviewed publications on otoacoustic emissions, directional hearing aids, speech recognition in noise, newborn hearing screening, auditory evoked potentials and other topics.
  • Is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Audiology (AJA) and a member of the ASHA Journals Board, and has served as editor of Perspectives of Special Interest Group 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders, and reviewer for AJA and the Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research.
Melissa Collins Duff

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Developed five new courses, and mentors and directs theses for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students.
  • Has 81 published or articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals on social communication, language, memory and brain injury.
  • Served in leadership positions for the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, Clinical Aphasiology Conference and ASHFoundation.
Christina E. Gildersleeve-Neumann

Portland State University

  • Co-created two graduate educational programs for graduate students: a bilingual concentration and a service-learning program in Ecuador.
  • Has more than 25 publications and 100 presentations on cross-linguistic understanding of phonology, focusing on typical and atypical children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, assessment and intervention for speech sound disorder in bilingual children, and intervention for childhood apraxia of speech.
  • As chair, led redesign and rebuilding of Portland State’s speech and hearing sciences program, growing its size and diversity of enrollment.
Edie R. Hapner

University of Southern California

  • Created two university interdisciplinary clinical training facilities and comprehensive care centers for patients with voice, airway and swallowing disorders.
  • Has mentored more than 57 medical students and speech-language pathology undergraduate, graduate, clinical fellows, and international fellows in clinical and scholarly endeavors.
  • Served as ASHA vice president for planning, coordinator of Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders, and on the editorial review board of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
Emily M. Homer

St. Tammany Parish Schools (retired), Students Eat Safely, LLC

  • Established the first school-based feeding and swallowing program in her school district, serving 150 students annually.
  • DServed in many leadership roles for the Louisiana Department of Education and Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • Coordinated speech-language and hearing services for 4,500 students and supervised 120 SLPs in St. Tammany Parish Schools for five years.
Kathy J. Jakielski

Augustana College

  • As chair, oversaw considerable growth in faculty and enrollment in communication sciences and disorders, expanded the university clinic, and led development of the college’s only master’s program.
  • Developed nine undergraduate courses, made 92 invited presentations, and mentored more than 100 undergraduates and 80 student research projects.
  • Held leadership roles with the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, Vermont Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and National Academy of Preprofessional Programs.
Nancy L. Kuhles

NLK Consulting, Inc.

  • TProcured funding for school-based telepractice in Nevada, led grassroots campaign to win a 5-percent stipend for ASHA-certified school-based SLPs in the state, and worked to develop a Nevada performance evaluation system specific to SLPs.
  • Held leadership positions in the Nevada Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Nevada State Education Association, and Nevada Department of Education.
  • Served on the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, as a State Education Advisory Leader Champion, and on many committees.
Donna S. Lundy

University of Miami

  • Conducted seminal research on laryngeal videostroboscopy, demonstrating its role in evaluation and treatment of dysphonia, and on the role of voice therapy following surgery for vocal fold paralysis.
  • Demonstrated clinical expertise in swallowing, voice and management of head and neck cancer patients.
  • Served in local and national roles for many organizations, including ASHA, Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and American Cancer Society.
Judy Rudebusch Rich

Learning Legacy, Inc.

  • Promoted the value and visibility of speech-language pathology and audiology in many public school system administrative leadership roles.
  • At ASHA, served as vice president for finance, on the Legislative Council, and the coordinating committee for Special Interest Group 16, School-Based Issues.
  • Led legislative and advocacy work in leadership positions for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, including president, vice president for research and development, and vice president for professional services.
Sharon A. Sandridge

Cleveland Clinic

  • Helped establish the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium, one of the first clinical/university consortia in the country.
  • Co-chaired ASHA’s 2018 Convention and begins a three-year term as vice president for audiology practice in 2019.
  • Published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts on tinnitus and hyperacusis, and developed multidisciplinary treatment approaches.
Donna Fischer Smiley

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

  • Led the effort to implement an innovative service-delivery model in Arkansas to provide contract, school-based audiology services from a children’s hospital to school districts and early childhood programs.
  • Served in ASHA leadership roles, including vice president for audiology practice and on the Legislative Council, Audiology Advisory Council and School Finance Committee.
  • Served as president of the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and in leadership roles for the Educational Audiology Association.
Carolyn (Carney) D. Sotto

University of Cincinnati

  • Taught and mentored thousands of students toward leadership and success as SLPs and audiologists.
  • Developed and administered model educational, mentoring and diversity programs that have supported student success and preparation for graduate school.
  • Created innovative programs for student involvement in the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ultimately serving as the association’s president.
Cara E. Stepp

Boston University

  • Is an innovative and prolific researcher in voice physiology, acoustics and diagnostics, and has been awarded more than $6 million in research funding.
  • Teaches voice and speech science to students in speech-language pathology, sensory neuroscience and biomedical engineering, and mentors undergraduate, master’s and PhD students.
  • Has served on standing review panels for NIH and as a peer reviewer for 25 scientific journals.
Kris K. Tjaden

University at Buffalo

  • Developed and taught five courses, mentors young researchers, and served on numerous thesis and PhD students.
  • Maintains a consistent record of NIH funding for dysarthria research, and has written more than 40 journal articles and several book chapters.
  • Served on ASHA research and science committees, advisory boards and editorial boards, and mentors rising researchers in ASHA’s Research Mentoring Network programs.
Krista M. Wilkinson

Pennsylvania State University

  • Served as an editor and editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Developed an NIH-funded line of research on the role of visual processing in communicating with augmentative and alternative communications.
  • Has trained more than 1,000 students at two institutions, inspiring many to pursue research involving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Julie A. Wolter

University of Montana

  • Has received more than $5 million in research grants, publishing widely on child language and literacy.
  • Secured a $1.250 million grant to provides distance education for students in rural Montana in an effort to eliminate rural shortages in speech-language pathology services.
  • Served as associate editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, participated in ASHA mentoring programs, and served as ASHA Convention topic coordinator.
Carole Zangari

Nova Southeastern University

  • Created PraAACtical AAC, a top-ranked website for SLPS and augmentative and alternative communications users and their families that receives more than 3,000 pages views daily.
  • Developed 10 master’s courses, has chaired dissertations for 14 doctoral students, and was an early developer on online curricula.
  • Served in leadership roles for AAC-related organizations, including the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Florida Alliance for Assistive Service and Technology, and U.S. Society for AAC Disaster Relief Committee.

Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement



Dan Phillips, Tech Resource Center Marin (California)

Phillips is the founder and director of the Tech Resource Center of Marin, which serves the assistive technology needs of more than 4,000 student ages newborn to 22. Recognizing that technology tools are quickly outdated in his district’s high-demand technology environment, he created the Nika (Zulu for “giving”) Project. This effort collects and refurbishes technology tools to repurpose for education and communication worldwide and trains recipients to use and maintain the equipment. Since 2013, he has reached more than 3,500 educators, speech-language pathology clinicians and students, government officials, and students with special needs and their families. Nika partners with local programs to provide equipment and training, develop augmentative and alternative communication programs, give workshops and presentations, and provide services to students with special needs and their families in South Africa, Brazil, Malaysia, Dubai, Australia, Nigeria, Bali, Poland, and Portugal.


Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Higher Education



Elizabeth U. Grillo, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania

With research and teaching strategies that enhance the clinical evidence base and promote clinician expertise, Grillo is a leader in developing and using innovative instructional design. She designed a study to assess the effectiveness of three learning models; developed asynchronous online courses for undergrate students; and introduced team-based learning into classrooms. With an NIH grant to study telepractice assessment and intervention for voice disorders, she created an app to collect vocal measures and designed an intervention and prevention model for in-person and telepractice sessions. Through this research, she serves as mentor to student co-researchers. She is also a trailblazer in using simulation technology—supporting students’ acquisition of critical clinical skills in a meaningful, low-risk context—including mannequins and online cases, and an online tool to increase reliability of videofluorographic swallow studies.


Certificates of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs



Leah B. Helou, University of Pittsburgh

Helou has been a leader and advocate in the area of transgender voice and communication for her entire career. After building caseloads of transgender clients in California and Washington, D.C., and served as a clinical supervisor in the voice disorders track at George Washington University. While working as a researcher at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she treated transgender clients privately, often pro bono. Helou created the Transgender Voice and Communication Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center while a doctoral student there, forging relationships with mental health, medical and other professionals and training her speech-language pathology colleagues in cultural and clinical competence. She has partnered with several other SLPs to create workshops that started as day-long sessions for 30 people and have grown to three-day courses for 100. Helou moderates a Facebook group for professionals interested in transgender voice and communication training and maintains the only referral database of SLPs who provide these specialized services.



Brandi L. Newkirk-Turner, Jackson State University

Newkirk-Turner revitalized the graduate program in communicative disorders at Jackson State University, one of only seven historically black colleges with a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Over six years, she significantly raised the Praxis scores of Jackson State students and obtained more than $1 million in federal funds for student and research support on multicultural issues. She developed and co-teaches (with an attorney) a multicultural course on the assessment and treatment of communicative disorders and the legal, political, cultural and social factors that affect clinical issues. Newkird-Turner also developed and implemented a language and literacy enrichment program for at-risk preschoolers, revamped speech-language screening protocols for Head Start students, and published 16 articles and book chapters and presented 24 papers and webinars on multicultural issues.


Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Preschool-Grade 12 Education Settings



Cynthia A. Cavanagh, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (MBAEA), Bettendorf, Iowa

An MBEA employee for 36 years, Cavanagh co-created the MBAEA Assistive Technology Department to provide devices and services to school districts and early childhood programs. She secured funding and expanded the agency’s revolving assistive technology loan library to more than 800 items, updating it annually. She helps match technology to students, supports data-based trials, and instructs SLPs, district educators and early childhood providers on technology. Cavanagh developed an assistive technology expertise group so that SLPs could have a monthly forum for discussion, and she mentors a Family AAC Activity Group, which gives SLPs, students and their families the opportunity for social interactions outside of school.


Early Career Contributions in Research Awards



Hari M. Bharadwaj, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Bharadwaj has achieved many scholarly accomplishments in research and success in intramural and extramural grants (an R01 from NIH). His high-impact research in four different areas of auditory processing is advancing basic science and clinical translational research. He has delved into why people with normal hearing have difficulty understanding speech in noise; noise-induced synaptopathy as a contributor to unexplained deficits and differences among listeners with normal hearing; accurate non-invasive measures of auditory function; and the neural mechanisms of auditory selective attention.





Amanda I. Gillespie, Emory University

Gillespie’s research program challenges existing therapeutic and diagnostic paradigms for patients with voice disorders. Her work has validated the concept of using connected speech as a key component of a voice evaluation; demonstrated the benefits of including a multidisciplinary team in voice evaluations; improved diagnostic accuracy of questionnaires differentiating paradoxical vocal fold movement disorder from asthma; and validated a nomenclature paradigm for diagnosing benign vocal fold lesions. She is investigating the efficacy of a new voice therapy approach that does not use a traditional therapeutic hierarchy, and also studying whether temporary vocal fold augmentation in patients with vocal fold atrophy can predict outcomes of permanent augmentation. She is passionate about developing, investigating and implementing efficacious and efficient voice diagnostic and therapeutic programs.


Editors Awards

American Journal of Audiology (Editor-in-Chief: Sumit Dhar)

The Effects of Service-Delivery Model and Purchase Price on Hearing-Aid Outcomes in Older Adults: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial

Larry E. Humes, Sara E. Rogers, Tera M. Quigley, Anna K. Main, Dana L. Kinney and Christine Herring

American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (Editor-in-Chief: Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer)

Investigating the Adequacy of Intervention Descriptions in Recent Speech-Language Pathology Literature: Is Evidence From Randomized Trials Useable?

Arabella Ludemann, Emma Power and Tammy C. Hoffmann

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research–Speech Section (Editor-in-Chief: Julie Liss)

Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating the Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Intervention Delivered by Educators for Children With Speech Sound Disorders

Sharynne McLeod, Elise Baker, Jane McCormack, Yvonne Wren, Sue Roulstone, Kathryn Crowe, Sarah Masso, Paul White and Charlotte Howland

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research–Language Section (Editor-in-Chief: Sean Redmond)

Do the Hard Things First: A Randomized Controlled Trial Testing the Effects of Exemplar Selection on Generalization Following Therapy for Grammatical Morphology

Amanda Jean Owen Van Horne, Marc Fey and Maura Curran

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research–Hearing Section (Editor-in-Chief: Frederick Gallun)

Speech Recognition in Adults With Cochlear Implants: The Effects of Working Memory, Phonological Sensitivity, and Aging

Aaron C. Moberly, Michael S. Harris, Lauren Boyce and Susan Nittrouer

Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (Editor-in-Chief: Shelley Gray)

Interactive Book Reading to Accelerate Word Learning by Kindergarten Children With Specific Language Impairment: Identifying an Adequate Intensity and Variation in Treatment Response

Holly L. Storkel, Krista Voelmle, Veronica Fierro, Kelsey Flake, Kandace K. Fleming and Rebecca Swinburne Romine


STARS of Communication



U.S. astronaut Andrew “Drew” Feustel and Indira Bhatnagar Feustel, ASHA member and speech-language pathologist, are recognized for their outstanding efforts highlighting the importance of communication in the context of space flight. Photo: NASA






Print Media Awards

The New York Times. “Rethinking Baby Food Pouches,” quoted ASHA members Amy Delany, Kara Larson and Melanie Potock, addressed concerns that using baby food pouches could stunt babies’ oral development.

The Hearing Journal. In “An Evolving Dialogue on Popular Technology Use,” ASHA President Elise Davis-McFarland focused on ASHA’s efforts to educate consumers about using popular technology safely.

Portland (Maine) Press Herald. “A little din with your dinner? Too much noise can spoil even the best meal” covered potentially harmful levels of noise in restaurants.


Digital Media Awards


Vox. A five-article series on noise pollution identified noise-induced hearing loss as a public health threat and included multiple ASHA members.

Momtastic. ASHA member Jessica Wilbur spoke about childhood speech and language milestones and early signs of communication disorders in “Does Your Toddler Need Speech Therapy?”

30Seconds. “Speech & Language Services in Schools: What Parents Should Know From the ASHA” provided information about school-based SLPs.


Broadcast Media Awards

Doctor Radio(Sirius XM). In an interview, Diane Paul, ASHA director of clinical issues in speech-language pathology, spoke about the importance of early detection of communication disorders.

NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams(a program of the New Jersey PBS Network): A broadcast on the early warning signs of communication disorders featured ASHA President Elise Davis-McFarland.


Media Outreach Champions


Amy L. Delaney, a children’s swallowing expert, spoke to the parenting website Fatherly about appropriate sippy cup use and The New York Times about baby food pouches.

Tina Penman has contributed hearing advice to media outlets, recently appearing on KXL News in Portland, Oregon, to speak about hearing safety during Independence Day celebrations.

Adrienne Hancock has served as a media source on voice and gender, and was quoted in a Washington Post article about voice training for transgender women.


National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
2017–2018 Chapter of the Year


Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University NSSLHA students approached the academic year with a three-pronged approach: to deepen member understanding and engagement, create effective advocates, and serve their community. By developing newsletters to engage students who commute, they grew the chapter from 20 to 50 members. To create stronger advocates, NSSLHA leaders emailed members templates for messages they could personalize and send to Ohio state legislators. The chapter also offered free hearing screenings during Better Hearing & Speech Month, and donated to the annual Giving Tree event that benefits families who visit the university’s clinic.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award



Joseph R. Duffy, Mayo Clinic (Emeritus)

Duffy has more than 40 years of service as a clinical practitioner, researcher and educator. With more than 160 peer-reviewed publications, his clinical practice and research have transformed accuracy of clinical diagnoses of acquired, degenerative and functional speech and language disorders. His seminal textbook, “Motor Speech Disorders,” has become a cornerstone for clinical training programs in teaching generations of speech-language pathologists differential diagnosis of the dysarthrias and apraxia of speech. As one nominator states, “Duffy’s book prepares clinicians worldwide to manage the usual and the unusual.” Serving since 1983 at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical School as a consultant and professor of speech-language pathology in the department of neurology, Duffy provided clinical care for 850 to 1,000 patients annually while conducting research and teaching and mentoring medical students, neurology residents, medical subspecialty fellows and speech-language pathology post-doctoral fellows. In the outpatient clinical setting, he diagnosed aphasia, dysarthria and non-aphasic cognitive-communication deficits associated with stroke, traumatic brain injury and medical crises with associated speech and language difficulties. His daily practice in identifying and localizing speech abnormalities provided important insight into the neurologic underpinnings of the associated motor speech disorder and treatment implications, fostering widespread appreciation for the value and expertise of speech-language pathologists by neurologists and within the broader medical community. His national and international presentations and a legacy of peer-reviewed articles have significantly advanced medical speech-language pathology. Duffy’s lifetime of service has led to extraordinary improvements in the administration of clinical service, enhanced the quality of care, and accelerated clinical research.


Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement



John Consalvi, SPEDhunters LLC

Consalvi is recognized for his efforts to provide high-quality services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. As a speech-language pathologist and businessman, he developed model programs to support and train new graduates who want to specialize in bilingual speech-language pathology. He worked to establish a bilingual immersion training program to teach Spanish to certified SLPs, and founded LinguaHealth to design supportive partnerships with school districts to match bilingual professionals with caseloads in need of services. Through these and other initiatives, he has mentored and assisted speech-language pathology graduate students in identifying clinical settings that match their professional goals.


Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools



Elizabeth A. Fitzpatrick, New York City Department of Education

Fitzpatrick has provided exceptional professional staff development to hundreds of speech-language pathologists in schools within the New York City Department of Education. In District 75, she has delivered speech-language treatment to elementary and high school students with autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, hearing impairments and emotional disturbances. She helped to create the content for a new version of the Citywide Speech Services Communication Profile, a comprehensive document compiling assessment findings and baseline information to facilitate collaboration among personnel on student treatment plans. Her unique contributions provide models of best practice and enhance quality services for students.

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