About Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders

Mission Statement

Special Interest Group 3 is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of the human voice and its manifestations across the life span, drawing on the richness of the body of knowledge existing both within and outside the field of Speech-Language Pathology. The mission of SIG 3 is to provide leadership and advocacy for issues in voice, to help ensure that delivery of service is provided by qualified individuals, and to acquaint clinicians and consumers with new developments. Issues, trends, and advances will be addressed from four perspectives (professional, clinical, educational, and scientific), and will cover the entire spectrum of voice perception and production, including vocal development and life span changes, and the continuum of voice production from disordered through superior performance. Focus will include pathophysiology of disorders, their assessment, management and treatment. In order to accomplish this mission, the Coordinating Committee has identified nine primary goals.


  • To create a higher profile for the area of voice within ASHA and allied fields with a variety of perspectives on voice
  • To serve as liaison with other professional organizations interested in voice including NATS, AAO, Voice Foundation, and SENTAC
  • To develop partnerships with allied professionals who also work in the area of voice
  • To broaden educational opportunities by stimulating new programs, developing programs for the Annual ASHA Convention, and increasing awareness of voice education opportunities through a regular newsletter calendar
  • To provide voice program strands at the ASHA Annual Convention
  • To develop credentialing in voice to protect consumers and to help identify the range of people with special expertise in the area of voice (e.g., speech-language pathologists, voice scientists, vocal coaches, studio teachers, and drama coaches)
  • To disseminate timely information concerning research, clinical activities, meetings and educational opportunities related to voice
  • To establish a clinical network through development of a membership directory, newsletter, listing of meetings and programming at the Annual Convention, and state groups or study sections
  • To identify a pool of speakers/resources/information relevant to voice, and to make that information accessible to interested parties through a directory, newsletter or ASHA hotline (voice mail)

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders

Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders is the SIG's online publication. Perspectives is published 3 times annually in March, July, and November. SIG 3's Perspectives issues are offered for self-study to earn CEUs. Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders features:

  • News of SIG activities
  • The latest on research and clinical topics
  • Coverage of current professional, practice, and legislative and regulatory issues

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in voice and voice disorders:

  • SIG 3 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to voice and voice disorders.
  • SIG 3 holds an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 3 Coordinator represents the Voice Special Interest Group within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Coordinating Committee Members


Coordinator: Rita R. Patel, Indiana University
Associate Coordinator: Wendy DeLeo LeBorgne, Blaine Block Institute for Voice Analysis and Rehabilitation, ProVoice Center, Cincinnati Conservatory
Perspectives Editor: Kristine M. Tanner, Brigham Young University
Professional Development Manager: Derek Isetti, University of Washington
Starrlett Cookman, University of Connecticut Health Center
Eric J. Hunter, Michigan State University
Ex Officio: Ann-Mari Pierotti, Associate Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

Perspectives Associate Editor: Mary J. Sandage, Auburn University
Editorial Review Board

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Donna Fisher Smiley, Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Our Partners