About Special Interest Group 19, Speech Science


SIG 19's vision is to establish itself as the primary community for the exchange of knowledge and educational information about speech science and related technological advances.

In order to achieve the vision, the following strategic goals have been identified:

  • Strategic Goal 1: Build an active community within ASHA for members with an interest in speech science and related technology.
  • Strategic Goal 2: Establish a pedagogical network to improve educational experiences for students in speech science.
  • Strategic Goal 3: Increase the number of individuals pursuing a career in speech science.
  • Strategic Goal 4: Communicate and translate fundamental speech research and emerging technologies to the practitioner


The mission of SIG 19 is to provide education and leadership to affiliates, students, associates, and other members of ASHA in the area of speech science research and education and related instrumentation and technology.


  • Speech biophysics
    • anatomy and physiology
    • neuroanatomy and neurophysiology
    • genetics
    • tissue bioengineering
    • acoustics
    • aerodynamics
    • biomechanics (kinematics and kinetics)
    • sensation and perception (auditory, kinesthetic, other)
  • Processes of speech development
    • speech production and perception across the lifespan
  • Comparative communication science
    • human and animal communication processes and behaviors
  • Theories and modeling
    • conceptual and mathematical expressions of speech production and perception
    • speech synthesis
    • computer speech recognition
    • numerical and computational modeling
  • Technology
    • instrumentation (devices, systems)
    • translation of technology to clinic/classroom
    • emerging technologies (including software)
  • Learning
    • pedagogy (learning and teaching strategies, materials)
    • translation to various disciplines (e.g., bridging science to practice)
    • dissemination (classroom, teaching materials, publications)

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 19's continuously-built issue contributes 1 self-study CE activity a year.

Coordinating Committee Members

  • 2015–2019 Coordinator: Donald S. Finan, University of Northern Colorado
  • 2015–2018 Associate Coordinator: Stephen M. Tasko, Western Michigan University
  • 2017–2018 Editor: Alison Behrman, Lehman College, The City University of New York
  • 2016–2018 Professional Development Manager: Douglas F. Parham, Wichita State University
  • 2017–2019 Member-At-Large: Amy T. Neel, University of New Mexico Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • 2015–2018 Member-At-Large: Ronald C. Scherer, Bowling Green State University
  • Ex Officio: Lisa Rai Mabry-Price, Associate Director, School Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

2016–2018 Associate Editor: Nicole M. Etter, Penn State University

Editorial Review Committee

  • Alison Behrman, Editor
  • Nicole M. Etter, Associate Editor
  • Karen Forrest
  • Norman J. Lass
  • Kerry Callahan Mandulak
  • Daryush D. Mehta
  • Amy T. Neel
  • Douglas F. Parham, Professional Development Manager
  • Lisa Rai Mabry-Price, Ex Officio

Professional Development Committee

  • Douglas F. Parham, Professional Development Manager
  • Supraja Anand
  • Jason D. Bennett
  • Frank R. Boutsen
  • Suzanne Boyce
  • Vikas Grover
  • Karen J. Kushla
  • Heike Lehnert-Lehouillier
  • Jenna Silver Luque
  • Kimberly Meigh
  • Lissa Power-deFur
  • Susan Shaiman
  • Alison Behrman, Editor
  • Nicole M. Etter, Associate Editor
  • Lisa Rai Mabry-Price, Ex Officio

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, 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