Candidate for Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology
Kim Corbin-Lewis, PhD, CCC-SLP
ASHA Leader Interview | Video Interview | Video Transcript | All Candidates
Kim Corbin-Lewis, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor and head of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University (USU). She has been on the faculty for 24 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as providing clinical services with graduate students at two voice clinics in Logan, Utah.
Throughout her career, Dr. Corbin-Lewis has been active in professional service focused on clinical and academic standards and ethics in research. Serving as a CAA accreditation site visitor since 2006, she verifies programs' academic standards and rigor. She has been a member of ASHA Convention planning, frequently as a Topic Coordinator and committee member, working to create a strong program of educational offerings for participants. At USU, she was appointed to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), charged with protecting human subjects in research, and was the University IRB Committee chair for 2 years (2008-2010) prior to becoming department head. While Chair, she successfully participated in the accreditation of the IRB by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs (AAHRPP).
An educator and clinician at heart, Dr. Corbin-Lewis has focused on the areas of anatomy and physiology of speech and swallow, speech science, voice, and dysphagia. She is a co-author of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of the Swallow Mechanism. She has lectured widely and has received numerous teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services and six Top Prof awards from the USU chapter of Mortar Board Honor Society; she was part of the university-wide Departmental Teaching Award. She is passionate about educating the best-prepared clinicians of the future to think analytically using evidence-based practices.
Dr. Corbin-Lewis received her BA and MS from Loyola College in Maryland and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:
Given the position for which you are running, if you could change one thing about ASHA, what would it be?
Change can equal growth and improvement when done thoughtfully. As liaison for committees dealing with standards and ethics, I would start by listening closely to the experienced committee members. The volunteers who serve in these positions are the pulse of the organization and the agents of change. We need their wisdom to guide change. I would strongly advocate for enhanced information exchange between the association, professionals and community, highlighting the diverse internal and external activities that the association and member volunteers perform on our behalf. This would reflect how efforts by ASHA directly affect our members in their professional roles. Representing committees managing clinical practice, academic training standards, and ethics, I would do my best to help create a vision for our future.
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