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

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

The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

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

We need innovative thinking to improve services and prepare professionals to navigate changing realities in the field. Communication is key to ASHA—spearheading initiatives to identify and publicize innovative new ideas, increasing our diversity and global impact, and fostering awareness and support of consumers and policymakers. My leadership, characterized by passion, empathy and knowledge, seeks to empower ASHA members. As clinicians, we strive to help people find their voices. My top priority is to inspire members to engage in meaningful discussions of best practices, values, research needs and myriad issues that affect our professions. Now is the time for the collective voices of professionals and clients to be heard. Together, let's ensure that the right to communicate is accessible and achievable to all!

Dr. 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 has 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 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 field were recognized when he became an ASHA Fellow in 1989 and when he earned the Honors of the Association in 2016. He 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 field, 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 from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he served on the Board of Trustees for the ASHFoundation for 9 years.

Dr. Goldstein is a nationally known scholar for his research in the field of child language intervention. 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 140 scholarly journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Goldstein has participated in more than 40 research and personnel preparation grants, and he has served as Principal Investigator for more than 30 sponsored projects. He has served on numerous editorial boards and grant review panels.

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