Candidate for Vice President of Speech-Language Pathology Practice: Craig Edward Coleman, CCC-SLP

Craig Edward Coleman

Craig Coleman is assistant professor and chair of graduate admissions in the Department of Communication Disorders at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Craig also serves as co-director of Stuttering U., a summer program for children who stutter, their families, and speech-language pathologists.

Coleman received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Marshall University faculty, he spent more than 12 years as clinical coordinator and co-director of the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is a Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders and currently serves as coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 4 (Fluency and Fluency Disorders). He previously served on what was formerly known as the ASHA Legislative Council and also on the ASHA Scientific and Professional Education Board. Craig was a member of the ASHA ad hoc committee that was formed to revise Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology.

Coleman is a former two-term president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA), where he led a successful effort to revise the state licensure law. In 2011, he was awarded the PSHA Clinical Achievement Award in recognition of his dedication to clinical excellence for people who stutter. In 2015, Coleman was awarded the Honors of PSHA for his leadership and advocacy for the profession. 

Coleman collaborated on the school-age and teen versions of the Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES-S and OASES-T)—measures that assess the affective and cognitive components of stuttering. In addition, he developed the Community-Centered Stuttering Assessment for evaluating parents’, teachers’, and speech-language pathologists’ perceptions of children who stutter. He has presented more than 200 workshops and seminars on stuttering and professional issues to state, national, and international audiences. His passion for the CSD discipline is evident by his ongoing advocacy toward legislative issues that impact speech-language pathologists and those who receive SLP services. Coleman is steadfast in his dedication to promoting a culture of diversity.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

My main priority is to improve our ability to provide accessible services to our clients through improved reimbursement, telepractice and new service-delivery models. I will establish communication with the ASHA membership and Special Interest Group coordinators through monthly web chats to understand the needs of our members and to develop task forces to address specific issues related to clinical practice. I will also establish relationships with leaders in related fields to promote interprofessional collaboration and bolster advocacy efforts. I will collaborate with the Board of Directors to develop resources that will help us effectively and efficiently document treatment outcomes. This will support our ability to educate stakeholders. Finally, I will aim to increase training opportunities for SLPs seeking to provide services to multicultural populations. 

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