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Cultural Competence Content Development


Content for ASHA's Practice Portal is developed through a comprehensive process that includes multiple rounds of subject matter expert input and review. ASHA extends its gratitude to the following subject matter experts who were involved in the development of the Cultural Competence page:

  • Rhoda L. Agin, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Noma I. Anderson, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Nancy M. Gauvin, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
  • Joyce L. Harris, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Joan C. Payne, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Rebecca K. Reeves, CCC-SLP
  • Kenyatta O. Rivers, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Barbara Rodriguez, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Diane M. Scott, PhD, CCC-A
  • Irene G. Torres, MS, CCC-SLP

In addition ASHA thanks the members of ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board and the Working Group on Cultural Competence in Professional Service Delivery whose work was foundational to the development of this content.

Members of the Working Group on Cultural Competence in Professional Service Delivery were Carol Westby (chair), Catherine Clarke, James Lee, Hortencia Kayser, Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, and Claudia Saad (ex officio). Celia Hooper and Brian Shulman, vice presidents for professional practices in speech-language pathology; Mary Jo Schill and Alison E. Lemke, vice presidents for administration and planning; and Barbara Moore, vice president for planning, served as the monitoring officers.

Members of ASHA’s Multicultural Issues Board included Bopanna Ballachanda, Arnell Brady, Julie K. Bisbee, Nancy Flores Castilleja, Marcella Coleman, Candice Costa, Catherine J. Crowley, Diana Diaz, Ianthe Dunn-Murad, Nancy Eng, Debra Garrett, Nikki Giogis, Thomas J. Hallahan, Kathryn Helms, Ella R. Inglebret, Emi Isaki, Ronald C. Jones, Edgarita Long, Nidhi Mahendra, Tedd B. Masiongale, Joe A. Melcher, Wesley Nicholson, Janna Oetting, Alina de la Paz, Constance Dean Qualls, Rebecca K. Reeves, Luis F. Riquelme, Barbara Rodriguez, Marlene Salas-Provance, Toni Salisbury, Yasmeen Shah, Linda McCabe Smith, Greta Tan, Irene Torres, Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, Kenneth E. Wolf, Michelle Yee. Vicki Deal-Williams and Karen Beverly-Ducker served as ex officios. Monitoring vice presidents for administration and planning Lyn Goldberg, Michael Kimbarow and Alison E. Lemke provided guidance. 

Citing Practice Portal Pages

The recommended citation for this Practice Portal page is:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (n.d.). Cultural Competence. (Practice Portal). Retrieved month, day, year, from

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