American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Portland State Professor New President of Major Association of Communication Professionals

(Rockville, MD - January 3, 2012)  

Shelly Chabon, PhD, CCC-SLP is the new president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Dr. Chabon, who took office January 1 and will serve for one year, is professor and chair of the Speech and Hearing Sciences department, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. She specializes in ethics education and multicultural/bilingual issues in communication disorders. Most recently, her writing has focused on topics related to ethical and evidence-based practice.

"The critical role communication plays in daily life is continually being shown to us," Dr. Chabon observes. "You see this everywhere, from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' inspiring recovery to a recent AARP ASHA poll in which AARP members attached great importance to their hearing health."

"Nationwide, ASHA members care for millions who are in similar situations and who feel the same way," Dr. Chabon says. "I feel honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead an organization that represents professionals whose work makes such great positive differences in so many lives."

An ASHA Fellow, Dr. Chabon has been a volunteer leader on ASHA committees, boards, and councils. In addition, she has been honored for her work in the areas of higher education and diversity and for her volunteerism.

Dr. Chabon earned a BA degree from Brooklyn College, a master's in speech-language pathology from Penn State University, a master's in audiology from Towson University, and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.

"I plan to use my presidency to reach out to ASHA members and other stakeholders," Dr. Chabon adds. "I see that as a way to build concerted efforts that maintain the high professional standards that ASHA sets and promotes, and address new challenges that include not only serving increasingly diverse populations, but also making ASHA members better informed and prepared to serve them.

"I welcome the challenges for I see my ASHA presidency as a way to give back to the very rewarding career that I have enjoyed."

Dr. Chabon succeeds Paul R. Rao, PhD, CCC-SLP, Vice President of Operations and Compliance at National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC. 

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

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