Candidate for Vice President of Speech-Language Pathology Practice: Marie Ireland, CCC-SLP

Marie Ireland

Marie Ireland has 20 years’ experience supporting professionals, families, and children with disabilities. She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders (BCS-CL) who has served for 12 years as the Virginia Department of Education Specialist for Speech Language Pathology. Her areas of interest include comprehensive assessment, dynamic assessment, and the impact of socioeconomic, cultural, and linguistic differences.  

She served as editor for Speech-Language Pathology in Schools: Guidelines for Best Practice (published in 2006 by the Virginia Department of Education), authored Virginia’s National Professional Development Center in Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC-ASD) grant, and developed numerous free online professional development offerings for speech-language pathologists (SLPs). With extensive knowledge of IDEA and Medicaid regulations and a focus on evidence-based practices, Ireland regularly presents at state and national conferences.

Marie has authored and coauthored numerous publications from her collaboration with researchers to address areas of need and increase knowledge translation. In 2013, she was recipient of the ASHA Editor’s award for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools for her work on the article titled, “Evidence-Based Practices in Schools: Findings from a National Survey.”

Her knowledge of the issues facing SLPs in all practice settings is informed by years of service to ASHA. She began on what was formerly known as the Legislative Council in 2007, followed by work with the School Finance Committee, and 6 years of service with the Medicaid Committee. She has served on the ASHA SLP Advisory Council for two terms and is currently the vice chair. Ireland has also served as an elected board member of the State Education Agencies Communication Disabilities Council (2007–2017), Virginia Autism Council (2005–2010), and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (1999–2005).

She served as the clinical representative to the Ad Hoc Committee on Strategic Planning for the Journals Program (2014–2016) and is the ASHA Journals Board Clinical Representative for Speech-Language Pathology in Schools. Ireland’s focus is meeting the needs of professionals and connecting research to practice.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

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

My top priority is to demonstrate the value of our profession to others. Proposed public policy changes in health care and education make this a critical issue for all ASHA members. Demonstrating our value, in both education and medical settings, begins with implementation of clinically relevant evidence-based practices. SLPs provide effective services and strengthen care systems when we participate in knowledge translation, including synthesizing, disseminating, and applying knowledge, and putting research into practice. Increasing the generation and publication of clinically relevant research will also demonstrate value by documenting effective practices and positive outcomes.

When public policy makers, employers, and consumers understand the value of SLP services, we can work together to increase influence in the policy arena to maintain funding and services for those in need.

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