Candidate for Vice President of Speech-Language Pathology Practice: Gregory Lof, CCC-SLP
Gregory L. Lof, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor and for 10 years has served as chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school founded by the Massachusetts General Hospital in
Boston. He has worked professionally in Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. He completed a PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a BS and MS at Minnesota State University–Moorhead.
The research, teaching, and clinical interests on which Lof primarily focuses are children who have speech sound disorders and how to effectively use evidence to guide practice. He has published 24 articles and book chapters and has presented more than 50 peer-reviewed and 85 invited presentations/workshops at ASHA conferences
and Conventions, conferences at universities and school districts, and state and international association conventions in 35 states and five countries. His study guide book to help graduate students prepare for the PRAXIS national examination was recently published
with his co-author, Alex Johnson.
Lof has served ASHA in the following ways: (1) a topic coordinator twice for ASHA Conventions; (2) a seven-time member of ASHA’s Convention Program Committees; (3) a peer reviewer for many of the ASHA journals; (4) assisted National Center for Evidence-Based Practice staff on a systematic review of oral-motor exercises; (5) the Massachusetts representative on the Speech-Language
Pathology Advisory Council; and (6) a committee member for one term on the Scientific and Professional Education Board (SPEB). Other professional service includes the following: (1) Executive Board member of the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD), where he served as treasurer;
(2) appointed member for two terms on the Massachusetts Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Licensing Board; and (3) key informant for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lof became an ASHA Fellow in 2014.
The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:
What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?
My priority is to be vigilant and proactive to ensure that speech-language pathologists are at the forefront of relevant, ethical, successful and collaborative practice that strengthens the future of our profession. As a discipline, speech-language pathology must confront multiple challenges in order to remain strong in the
decades ahead. These challenges include impending uncertainties in reimbursement and funding for our services; insufficient support for enhancement of the evidence base informing our clinical work; public lack of awareness about our scope of practice; encroachment from other disciplines that
clashes with our commitment to interprofessional practice; and an obligation to be prepared for practice within ever-increasing multicultural and multilingual environments. I will be a positive force in advocating for and advancing our profession.
Why are you running for Vice President of Speech-Language Pathology Practice on the ASHA Board of Directors?