March 1, 2013 Association

ASHA News: March 2013

Present at New Type of Clinical Convention Session—Write It Up in the Leader

A new type of practical clinical session will make its debut at the 2013 ASHA Convention. In technical clinical sessions, modeled after technical research sessions, presenters will speak for 20 minutes on the technical aspects of a specific diagnostic or treatment strategy. Developed as "how-to" programs, the sessions emphasize the applied, clinical aspects of the professions. Ten minutes of questions and answers will follow each presentation.

The ASHA Leader will choose presenters of a select number of these sessions to write up their approaches for a new Leader column to be launched in 2014.

The 2013 convention, "The Magic of Teamwork: Science and Service Delivery," will take place Nov. 14–16 in Chicago. The call for papers for all 2013convention sessions, including the new technical clinical sessions, is open online until April 10. Members also may submit proposals for technical research sessions, one- and two-hour seminars, and poster presentations.

For more details about the Call for Papers and to access the online submission system, visit the ASHA Convention page.

Board of Ethics Decision

The ASHA Board of Ethics has found Courtney A. Stewart of Baton Rouge, La., a certified audiologist, in violation of the following principles and rules of the Association's Code of Ethics (2010):

Principle of Ethics I:Individuals shall honor their responsibility to hold paramount the welfare of persons they serve professionally or who are participants in research and scholarly activities, and they shall treat animals involved in research in a humane manner.

Principle I, Rule M:Individuals shall adequately maintain and appropriately secure records of professional services rendered, research and scholarly activities conducted, and products dispensed, and they shall allow access to these records only when authorized or when required by law.

Principle of Ethics III: Individuals shall honor their responsibility to the public by promoting public understanding of the professions, by supporting the development of services designed to fulfill the unmet needs of the public, and by providing accurate information in all communications involving any aspect of the professions, including the dissemination of research findings and scholarly activities, and the promotion, marketing and advertising of products and services.

Principle III, Rule D: Individuals shall not misrepresent research, diagnostic information, services rendered, results of services rendered, products dispensed or the effects of products dispensed.

Principle III, Rule E:Individuals shall not defraud or engage in any scheme to defraud in connection with obtaining payment, reimbursement, or grants for services rendered, research conducted, or products dispensed.

Principle of Ethics IV:Individuals shall honor their responsibilities to the professions and their relationships with colleagues, students, and members of other professions and disciplines.

Principle IV, Rule C:Individuals shall not engage in dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

The sanction is revocation of membership and certification for 30 months, effective Jan. 16, 2013. Lauds ASHA's Stroke Information, an online information and support resource for caregivers of aging parents, spouses and other loved ones, has included ASHA in its article on the "7 Best Stroke Websites."

"The simple language and easy navigation of the ASHA Stroke information page make this resource painless and educational for both caregivers and survivors of strokes," the article says. "The focus and expertise of this organization makes it top-notch at clearly explaining how strokes can affect communication and speech."

The article recommends, "If you or a loved one is looking for a speech-language pathologist to help with a speech-language disorder, you can find a professional near you in the ASHA directory. You can also find information on ASHA's website about what types of activities speech-language pathologists help with when someone's speech skills and abilities are affected by stroke."

Apply for Mentored Teaching and Research Activities

Communication sciences and disorders students interested in faculty-researcher careers and junior-level faculty interested in advancing their careers, are invited to apply for funds to help support mentored teaching and research activities. The application deadline is May 15. Since 2004, ASHA has helped 164 students and junior faculty develop and sustain successful academic research careers through two programs.

Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers

SPARC focuses on fostering students' interest in PhD education and careers as academic faculty. Up to 10 SPARC awards of $1,000 each will be given in 2013. Current CSD faculty are urged to encourage their undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology and audiology students to apply to the program, which lets students learn about teaching and research while working closely with faculty mentors. SPARC applicants must submit a mentored teaching and research plan and, if selected for the award, must complete interim and final reports. See "SPARCing Careers in Research and Academia" for the stories of two SPARC recipients. To learn more about the SPARC Award go to the ASHA website.

Advancing Academic-Research Careers

AARC is designed to help retain and promote junior-level CSD faculty. Six AARC awards of $5,000 each are planned for 2013. AARC applicants work with mentors to develop mentored teaching and research plans tailored to the applicant's career stage. Applicants must develop and submit detailed teaching and research plans to be completed over 18 months under the guidance of their mentors. Of the 42 faculty who received their awards more than three years ago, almost all remain in academic positions and most have been promoted to associate professor.

As clinical practice research is needed to support evidence-based practice in CSD, two AARC awards are dedicated to applications that focus on teaching and conducting clinical practice research, which focuses on the prevention, diagnostics, treatment, implementation research and outcomes measurement of communication and related disorders.

To learn more about AARC go to the ASHA website or contact the Academic Affairs and Research Education team at

Student Essays Due April 12

Students have until April 12 to enter ASHA's 2013 Student Ethics Essay Award writing competition, open to undergraduate and graduate students in communication sciences and disorders who are members of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

The essay competition offers students the opportunity to think about ethical decision making as they prepare to start careers in audiology; speech-language pathology; or speech, language and hearing sciences. Responding to the essay question increases students' awareness of situations that could pose ethical dilemmas and the options available for addressing them.

The 2013 essay topic is workplace dilemmas, a term that includes power abuse (being asked to perform tasks beyond a clinician's educational training and experience; unreasonably high workload expectations; or requests to complete inappropriate documentation). In their essays, student should consider the ethical issues raised by workplace dilemmas.

Essays must be the original, unpublished work of a single author. They may not exceed 1,000 words, and must be submitted through a NSSLHA chapter advisor or regional councilor by Friday, April 12.

Authors of the top three winning essays will receive a cash award ($750, $500 and $250) and a certificate of recognition. Winning essays will be announced in the Leader and published on the ASHA website.

For complete information, including the application form, guidelines, and winning entries form prior years, visit the ASHA website. To join NSSLHA, visit the NSSLHA website.

Nominate Clinical Questions for Systematic Reviews

ASHA invites communication sciences and disorders professions to nominate topics for evidence-based systematic reviews. An EBSR is a formal study of the amount and quality of the published scientific evidence surrounding a clinical question and the conclusions that can be drawn from that evidence.

Review findings can be used to inform clinical practice, identify research gaps and, when there is sufficient evidence, serve as the basis for evidence-based practice guidelines.

ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders has conducted and compiled more than 25 reviews on specific clinical questions topics related to cognition, fluency, hearing, language, speech, swallowing, voice and service delivery.

Those looking for answers on specific topics may nominate any number of clinical questions, but each requires a separate submission form.

  • Questions related to intervention should specify the population, intervention and outcome. For example, "What is the effect of focused stimulation (intervention) on the functional expressive language skills (outcome) of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders (population)?"
  • Questions related to diagnostics, screening or detection should specify the population, diagnostic tool and health status/condition. For example, "How effective is otoacoustic emission testing (tool) in identifying hearing loss (condition) in infants younger than 3 months?"

More information is available on the Instructions for Nomination webpage on ASHA's website.

Nominations submitted by March 31 will be considered for reviews conducted in 2013. Those submitted after March 31 will be considered for 2014 reviews.

For more information, contact the N-CEP associate directors, Tracy Schooling ( or 301-296-8741) or Tobi Frymark ( or 301-296-8736).

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