About Special Interest Group 2, Neurogenic Communication Disorders


To facilitate the highest level of professional practice provided to individuals with neurogenic communication disorders.


To be the voice within ASHA that will promote, interpret, and disseminate information that is relevant to neurogenic communication disorders and to serve as a conduit for the exchange of information and ideas among SIG affiliates.

Specifically, SIG 2 aims to:

  • provide clinicians and researchers with resources and education related to neurogenic communication disorders,
  • promote excellence in evidence-based clinical practice for individuals with neurogenic communication disorders and their families, and
  • assist with the development and dissemination of basic and applied research in neurogenic communication disorders.

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the SIG's online publication. SIG 2's continuously-built issue contributes 4 self-study CE activities a year.

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • SIG 2 sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention. SIG 2 affiliates are eligible for a 50 percent discount on these programs.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education units by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.


SIG 2 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to neurophysiology and neurogenic speech and language disorders. Become part of a professional community dedicated to serving individuals with neurogenic communication disorders.

  • Join your colleagues and help improve clinical service delivery
  • Increase awareness and availability of evidence-based practice guidelines in neurogenic communication disorders
  • Advocate for the profession and individuals with neurogenic communication disorders
  • Increase awareness of the issues that affect service delivery to those with neurogenic communication disorders
  • Increase integration of best practices within the constraints of the clinical employment environment

SIG 2 also holds an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 2 Coordinator represents the Neurogenics Special Interest Group within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2018–2020 Coordinator: Heather M. Clark, Mayo Clinic
  • 2018 Associate Coordinator: Margaret L. Blake, University of Houston
  • 2018–2020 Editor: Angela H. Ciccia, Case Western University
  • 2017–2019 Professional Development Manager: Erin Mattingly, Dynamics Research Corporation
  • 2018–2020 Member-At-Large: Kimberly C. McCullough, Appalachian State University
  • 2018–2020 Member-At-Large: James G. Schumacher, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Ex Officio: Monica Sampson, Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

2015–2020 Continuing Education (CE) Content Manager: Jean M. Nisenboum, Case Western Reserve University

Editorial Review Committee

  • Angela H. Ciccia, Editor
  • Natalie F. Douglas
  • Catherine T. Eaton
  • Margaret L. Greenwald
  • Jennifer Horner
  • Lori A. Kostich
  • Peter A. Meulenbroek
  • Jamila M. Minga
  • Catherine A. Off
  • Michele Page Sinotte
  • Sabiha Parveen
  • Carmen Russell
  • Thomas W. Sather
  • Linda I. Shuster
  • Katie A. Strong
  • Jessica A. (Brown) Walker
  • Erin Mattingly, Professional Development Manager 
  • Jean M. Nisenboum, CE Content Manager
  • Monica Sampson, Ex Officio

Professional Development Committee

  • Erin Mattingly, Professional Development Manager
  • Jean M. Nisenboum, CE Content Manager
  • Carrie L. Balazs
  • Ellen G. Bernstein-Ellis
  • Melinda Corwin
  • Jessalee Cruz
  • Jessica R. Hooke
  • Susan T. Jackson
  • Melissa A. Johnson
  • Kristina Ann Kelley
  • Karen A. McLaughlin
  • Bryan M. Ness
  • Connie K. Porcaro
  • Megan A. Weathers
  • Angela H. Ciccia, Editor
  • Monica Sampson, Ex Officio 

Staff Liaison for Communications

Victoria Davis, Production Editor, ASHA

Liaisons to the ASHA Board of Directors

  • Robert C. Fifer, 2016–2018 Vice President for Audiology Practice
  • Marie C. Ireland, 2018–2020 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners