Candidate for President-Elect: Howard Goldstein, CCC-SLP

Howard Goldstein

Howard Goldstein is associate dean of research and professor of communication sciences and disorders in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa. His academic career spanned multiple universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, The Ohio State University, and two stints in Florida. While at Florida State University, he served as chair of the Department of Communication Disorders, guiding the department during a period of considerable growth in grant activity, doctoral student production, and innovative educational programs. His contributions to the CSD discipline were recognized when he became an ASHA Fellow in 1989 and when he was awarded the Honors of the Association in 2016. Goldstein has served ASHA as a mentor, site visitor, trainer, and chair of several task forces and committees related to treatment efficacy, the PhD shortage in the CSD discipline, practice and policies related to mental retardation and developmental disabilities, academic issues and accreditation, and clinical practice research. He served as the ASHA vice president for science and research in 2013–2015. Before that, he served on the ASHFoundation Board of Trustees for 9 years.

His research and training initiatives have focused on improving the communication and social skills of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. His recent work has sought to enhance the language and literacy development of students in high-poverty schools who are at high risk for language and reading disabilities. He is the author of two books and more than 125 scholarly journal articles and book chapters. Goldstein is a nationally known scholar for his research in the field of child language intervention. He has participated in more than 40 research and personnel preparation grants, and he has served as principal investigator for more than 30 sponsored projects. Goldstein has served on numerous editorial boards and grant review panels.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

Speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication scientists are experiencing unprecedented uncertainty and challenges. We must focus on realizing ASHA’s envisioned future for better-informed, more effective, and valued services. I will strive to ensure that we help our citizens across the lifespan acquire, preserve and optimize functional use of speech, language, hearing, swallowing and related abilities. To do so, I will spearhead initiatives to identify and publicize innovative new ideas, increase outreach, and inspire productive involvement and support of the public, policymakers, and our professionals. We must highlight communication as a fundamental feature of the human condition. My top priority is to promote the role of our discipline and professions in ensuring that the right to communicate is accessible and achievable to all.

Why are you running for President-Elect on the ASHA Board of Directors?

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