Candidate for Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology: Sherry Sancibrian, CCC-SLP

Why are you running for Vice President for Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology 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?

One priority is to ensure that ASHA continues to offer members a career-long learning path. That path should support novice practitioners trying to solidify core knowledge and skills, and more experienced providers who choose to pursue specialty certification as a way of validating their expertise in a particular area of practice. If the CCC is to remain the gold standard for speech-language pathology services, ASHA must provide members the tools to engage in continuous self-evaluation; deliver culturally competent services that improve functional outcomes; supervise others in an ethical manner; contribute effectively to interprofessional teams; embrace and implement emerging technologies; demonstrate their value in rapidly changing educational and health care environments; and improve their knowledge and practice over the course of a career.

Sherry Sancibrian is an ASHA Fellow and a Board Certified Specialist in Child Language and Language Disorders. She was the 2008 ASHA Convention Co-Chair, has chaired a variety of Convention topic committees, and has participated numerous times as a Convention committee member. Sherry also has served ASHA as a member of the Scientific and Professional Education Board, Legislative Council, Strategic Leadership Team, and Coordinating Committee for the Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice.

Sherry is a former President of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, and the National Council of State Boards of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She served on the board of the Council of State Association Presidents and served as a board member and Chair of the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders. She previously chaired the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is the current presiding officer of the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board (affiliated with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Sherry is a frequent presenter for continuing education events on a variety of topics, including ethics, autism spectrum disorders, parent–professional relationships, school-based services, executive function, and language therapy. She authored an ASHA webinar on treatment of speech sound disorders, was a subject matter expert for the speech sound disorders portion of the ASHA Practice Portal, and served as a faculty member for three ASHA online conferences.

Sherry is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she serves as Program Director for the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program. She teaches courses in speech sound disorders, professional issues, and language disorders, and also supervises graduate students in clinical practicum.

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