Board of Directors
Jennifer B. Watson,
Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology
Jennifer B. Watson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Texas Christian University (TCU). An ASHA Fellow, Dr. Watson has served in numerous roles supporting the mission of ASHA, including chair of the Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition, vice-chair of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), and associate coordinator of the Steering Committee for Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She also has served as member and/or chair of SIG 4's Committees on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, Education and Resources, and Reimbursement and Diagnostic Codes. In addition, she has been a CAA site visitor, member of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology and the Subject Matter Expert Panel for the speech-language pathology practice analysis, and ASHA Convention program subcommittee chair for fluency. Dr. Watson serves on the Standards Committee for the International Commission on Healthcare Professions of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
Dr. Watson has served as TCU's Communication Sciences and Disorders Program director, clinic director, and department chair. In these roles, she administered one of the nation's first graduate programs with an emphasis in bilingual speech-language pathology. Dr. Watsonprovides didactic and clinical instruction on the nature and treatment of stuttering. Her primary research interests include the speech fluency of young children who do and do not stutter, including Spanish-speaking children. Dr. Watson has produced more than 150 presentations and publications discussing a variety of topics, including the assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse populations with communication disorders. Dr. Watson has served as an editorial consultant for multiple scholarly publications, including Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; and Journal of Fluency Disorders. She also has served as Publication Board chair of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has been awarded the Honors of this association. Dr. Watson is a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation and chair of this organization's Service Award Committee.
Dr. Watson earned her bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University and her master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders and was a member of the Founding Commission for Specialty Recognition in Fluency Disorders.