Candidate for Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology: Radhika Aravamudhan, CCC-A

Why are you running for Vice President for Academic Affairs in Audiology 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?

My top priority will be to explore and implement mechanisms to address key issues in audiology education. Some of the significant challenges we face include variability in competencies across programs and clinical experiences, decreasing number of qualified applicants, and return on investment for students. Furthermore, to evaluate if PRAXIS as an assessment tool is sufficient, or is it time to consider adding hands-on assessments to bring audiology on par with other doctoral professions. My priority will be to address these issues in the context of current and future health care needs, partnering with academic programs, audiologists and other audiology organizations to increase awareness among incoming students, for the next generation to be able afford audiology education and to impact a positive change for audiology education.

Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan is currently an Associate Professor and serves as the Dean for the Osborne College of Audiology at Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Dr. Aravamudhan joined Salus University in 2005 after her position as a Research Associate at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska. At Osborne College of Audiology, she served as the Interim Director for the AuD on-campus program, Coordinator of Internal Didactic Education, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, and Assistant Dean for the college. She continues to be the co-instructor of the interprofessional course, “Evidence-Based Practice.” She spearheaded several interprofessional initiatives with various faculty at Salus University.

Her areas of research interests include understanding and evaluating the electrophysiologic correlates of speech encoding in the auditory system and the role of signal processing (in auditory prostheses such as cochlear implants) on speech perception and perceptual learning. She has published papers and has written book chapters in these areas of research.

In the professional world outside Salus University, Dr. Aravamudhan served on the planning committee for the AuD Education Summit that was planned and implemented by ASHA, and she continues to serve on the Board of the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Most recently, she was elected as the Vice Chair of Audiology for the CAA Board. She has also served as a Student to Empowered Professional (S.T.E.P.) Mentor within ASHA. She also served as a member of the task force established by ASHA to evaluate residence as an option for audiology education.

Dr. Aravamudhan graduated from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing in Mysore, India, with a master's degree in audiology and speech-language pathology. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Arathi Venkataraman Gold Medal for Academic Achievement M.Sc at University of Mysore. She received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in speech perception and auditory cognition from Kent State University in Ohio.

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