ASHA's Research Mentoring (ARM) Network: Pathways Program


2013 - Pathways - 16The Pathways program is part of ASHA's Research Mentoring (ARM) Network. Other programs in the Network include the Clinical Practice Research Institute (CPRI) and Lessons for Success (LfS). Each ARM program serves a distinct role in fostering the development of researchers in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) at different career stages.

The role of the Pathways program is to mentor early-career clinical scientists in developing strong foundations for independent research careers. To this end, Pathways assists participants with developing a 5-year research career plan, acculturating to a research career, building a publication record, and learning about funding mechanisms appropriate to this career stage. The specific goal of the program is to prepare eligible candidates to become competitive applicants for NIDCD R03 or K23 awards. It is intended as an initial step to enhance the training, retention, and funding success of clinical scientists in CSD, with the ultimate goal of advancing the evidence base of the discipline.


Approximately 10–15 junior-level researchers will be selected to participate in the Pathways program. Participants will be paired with mentors who are experienced researchers.

The following eligibility requirements apply:

  • PhD students at the level of candidacy, postdoctoral fellows, or junior-level faculty (below the level of associate professor)
  • Applicants must be clinician-scientists defined as graduates of an accredited, clinical program who are enrolled in or have graduated from a research doctorate program. Note: If the graduate degree was/will be conferred only at the PhD level, the applicant must have completed coursework equivalent to a clinical degree. Individuals who completed clinical training outside of the United States in accordance with that nation's standards may apply if they are currently affiliated with a U.S. institution.
  • Individuals with clinical doctorates who have at least 1 year of research experience are eligible to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis for their plans to develop independent research careers.

Researchers who have secured federal research funding as a PI at the R03 or equivalent level are encouraged to apply to programs within the ARM Network that target more advanced career stages, such as the Clinical Practice Research Institute (CPRI) and Lessons for Success (LfS). Prior CPRI or LfS participants are not eligible to apply for Pathways.

Send questions about eligibility to ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education unit at

View past Pathways participants.


The Pathways program is composed of two phases: an initial conference followed by a year of ongoing, remote mentoring and educational support.

  • Protégés and mentors convene at an annual two-day Pathways Conference at ASHA's National Office in Rockville, Maryland.
    • Conference combines lectures, one-on-one mentoring sessions, facilitated discussions, and breakout sessions that target the distinct needs of different early stages of research careers.
    • Protégés work with mentors to set individualized one-year goals.
    • There is no registration fee. Funds will be provided for participant travel, lodging, and meals (up to an allowance).
  • Ongoing, remote mentoring and educational support are provided throughout the year.
    • Mentors assist protégés in completing tasks leading to accomplishing individualized goals.
    • Multimedia resources (e.g., presentations, webinars, podcasts) are available through an online Clinical Research Education Library (CREd).
    • Mentors and protégés participate in the ARM Network online professional community.

View the 2014 agenda.

How to Apply

The application period for Pathways opens in September and closes in December.

Applicants must complete an online application form, upload several PDF documents, and submit the entire application package by the established deadline. See the application instructions for complete details. 

For more information on the Pathways program of ASHA's Research Mentoring (ARM) Network, please contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education unit at

Leadership Team

Pathways is sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) through a U24 grant awarded to ASHA. The program is planned and coordinated by ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education unit in consultation with the Leadership Team. The following eight distinguished scholars, with ASHA and NIDCD representation, make up the Leadership Team.

Steven Barlow, PhD
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Laurie Eisenberg, PhD
University of Southern California

Robert Hillman, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University

Karen Iler Kirk, PhD
University of Illinois

Margaret Rogers, PhD
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Dan Sklare, PhD
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Anne Smith, PhD
Purdue University

Paul Yoder, PhD
Vanderbilt University

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