Shari Robertson Becomes 2019 President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

January 7, 2019

(Rockville, MD) Shari Brand Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, took office this month as the 2019 President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

In her term as ASHA's President, Robertson will work to advance the objectives of ASHA and its nearly 200,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

"I look forward to serving ASHA members as their president in 2019," said Robertson. "I am committed to helping colleagues feel valued, connected, and empowered in their professional settings and nurturing the innovators who will lead us into the future."

Most recently, Robertson worked as provost's associate for academic programs and planning and was professor of speech-language pathology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to earning her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Robertson was a school-based speech-language pathologist (SLP) for 18 years in West Bend, WI. In that role, she served populations from preschool through high school and provided leadership for the speech-language pathology and early-childhood intervention programs.

Robertson owns a publishing company that produces a variety of research-supported clinical materials and children's books written by SLPs. Over the years, she has published numerous articles, book chapters, and clinical materials and presented hundreds of invited workshops at state, national, and international venues on a wide range of topics, including phonology, language, literacy, leadership, and advocacy.

Long a volunteer leader, Robertson has served on the ASHA Board of Directors as Vice President for Academic Affairs in Speech-Language Pathology and been a Co-Chair of ASHA's Annual Convention.

Additionally, she has been Associate Editor for ASHA's Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, and on the editorial board for SAGE Publications' Communication Disorders Quarterly. At the state level, she served two consecutive terms as President of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her honors include recognition as outstanding alumnae from Central Michigan University and an Editor's Award from ASHA for the Language section of its Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.

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