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Celebrating the 2020 ASHA Awards Recipients

Committee on Honors Chair Bernard Rousseau welcomes the newest class of ASHA award recipients—the Honors of the Association, the Fellowship of the Association and the Awards of Excellence—in this video. See the full list of ASHA award recipients.

We also celebrate the latest recipients of awards from the Media Awards and Media Outreach Champions, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, the ASHA Journals and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Honors of the Association

The Honors of the Association—the highest honor bestowed by ASHA—recognize members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Honors recipients are well-known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching, or other distinguished professional contributions.

Giselle Denya Carnaby

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“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to ASHA for this amazing award. It is a great honor to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those of the past honorees, all of whom have made such important contributions to our profession. Like most in our profession I feel my work is the result of the "village" that surrounds and supports me. Receiving this award recognizes the efforts of my lab team and supporters who have worked tirelessly across the various studies and clinics I have been a part of. To be honored like this gives me an amazing feeling and helps energize me to continue to work to make a difference in my field. Thank you.”

Celeste A. Roseberry-McKibbin

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“Like no other profession, speech-language pathology understands the tremendous power that comes from giving someone a voice. This understanding fuels my passion for this work. It is what kept me going when I was riding back and forth on my $40 bicycle working as a pizza server until midnight to put myself through my Ph.D. program. It is what helped me persevere through the challenges of being the only female faculty member in my first university position. It is what has brought me to the place where I am privileged to continue serving individuals who experience poverty, discrimination, and oppression in our country and in our world. I want to acknowledge all the individuals I have worked with over the years who have fueled my passion for service. First, I am grateful to the precious children and families from underserved backgrounds who have inspired my career path. Thank you to ASHA, my students, my family, and God for this honor. Let us all strive on to continue giving the world the gift of a voice.”

Froma P. Roth

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“Receiving Honors of the Association in 2020 is especially meaningful. This award is a beacon in the midst of a global pandemic and other highly charged cultural and political issues. I could never have reached this professional apex without the influence, mentorship, and support of my dear colleagues. First, I thank Drs. Nickola W. Nelson, Barbara Ehren, Joel Stark, and Diane Paul for inspiring my work, valuing my professional contributions, and for their enduring friendship. I also extend enormous gratitude to other colleagues and friends who made this award possible.

My academic and clinical curiosity led me to explore research questions in the areas of pragmatics, oral narration, the language-literacy connection, phonological awareness, and emergent literacy.

Above all, I am grateful for the love and strength of my family, my champions—my husband, Edward, and son, Eli, both of blessed memory, and my daughter, Ilana, with the gift of the next generation, my grandchildren, Graydn Robert, Harper Rose, and Evelyn Brady. Thanks also to my cherished brother, Franklin, and cousin Foster, of blessed memory.”

Dennis M. Ruscello

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“What receiving the Honors of ASHA means to me:

The Honors Award is the most significant form of recognition that is bestowed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). As a member of ASHA, I am humbled to receive this award and join a group of peers who have also been recognized for their exceptional contributions to the professions of Audiology and/or Speech-Language Pathology. For me, it is the culmination of a 50-year passion in a profession that has been extremely rewarding to me. I am deeply indebted to a group of colleagues who felt that my accomplishments were worthy of such recognition and expended a significant amount of time and effort on my behalf. I sincerely thank them and celebrate this award with them. Lastly, I dedicate the award to my clients, students, colleagues and family who have all supported me and my work in different but very positive ways.”

Andrew Stuart

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“I am deeply humbled with the receipt of the Honors of the Association. It is a privilege to stand with my fellow distinguished 2020 honorees and those that have previously been awarded. When I started my career as a clinical audiologist I had a deep desire to help improve the lives of my patients. At the onset of my research career, I hoped that my work examining diagnostic and treatment/rehabilitative alternatives for those with communication disorders might have some significant impact. This recognition confirms both of these aspirations – maybe what I accomplished did make a difference! I am profoundly grateful. While this is a personal recognition, I must share it with East Carolina University and my colleagues, students, and family. They have supported me and have provided a positive influence on my work over the years.”

Pamela Hubbard Wiley

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“Receiving the Honors of our Association is huge and very humbling when you consider the fact that with over 200,000 members in our profession, I am only the 12th African American to have received this level of recognition.

Our profession is very rewarding and for over 4 decades has allowed me an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and their families, particularly individuals of color. I am proud to accept this distinguished award.”

Christine Yoshinaga-Itano

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“I am humbled to be honored as a 2020 ASHA Honors recipient. I would like to thank my nominators: Bob Burkhard, Linda Hood, and Brenda Ryals for their kind letters of nomination. I am grateful to the 5000+ families in Colorado and across the nation who have participated in our research. The list of colleagues for whom I have gratitude are many, but especially Marion Downs, Jerry Northern, Deborah Hayes, the Marion Downs National Center team: Kathryn Arehart, Janet des Georges, Sandra Gabbard, Vickie Thomson, Cheryl Johnson, Cliff Moers, Dinah Beams, the Colorado Co-Hears the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing members, Hands & Voices International Board and Staff Kristin Uhler, Tammy Fredrickson, Allison Grimes, Al Mehl, Betty Vohr, Susan Moore, Allison Sedey, Mallene Wiggin, Phillip Gilley, the FCEI International Board and so many students. I feel fortunate to have been an Audiologist and teacher of the deaf at a time that allowed me to be part of the revolutionary changes that have transformed the lives of children who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families.”


Fellowship of the Association

Fellowship in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is one of the highest honors this professional organization can bestow. The individuals being honored have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication science and disorders in three of the following areas: 

  • Clinical service in the area of speech-language pathology and audiology.
  • Clinical education and academic teaching in speech-language pathology, audiology, speech-language-hearing sciences, and related areas.
  • Research and publications contributing to the knowledge needed by the professions.
  • Administrative services in the area of speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech-language-hearing sciences.
  • Service to ASHA.
  • Service to and leadership positions in state speech-language-hearing associations and/or other related local, regional, national, or international professional organizations.

Awards of Excellence

The recipients of these awards have made significant contributions to communication sciences and disorders, drawing accolades from their colleagues, students, and clients.


Media Awards and Media Outreach Champion Awards

The Media Awards recognize significant contributions by individuals and organizations for news coverage and media programming that illustrate the impact of communication disorders on quality of life, how communication disorders are treated, the programs and services available for individuals with communication disorders, or research in communication sciences and disorders.

The ASHA Media Outreach Champion Awards recognize individual ASHA members who foster media relations that benefit the communication sciences and disorders professions.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Awards

The Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award honors exemplary contributions to science and practice. The Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement, chosen from among individuals nominated by state speech-language-hearing associations, acknowledges significant accomplishments to advance clinical service. The Rolland J. Van Hattum Award for Contribution in the Schools recognizes outstanding commitment and contribution to service delivery in the schools. These recipients will be announced on November 21 during the ASHFoundation’s Virtual Gratitude Event where a total of $639,000 dollars will be awarded to 76 outstanding researchers, student scholars, and clinicians.  We encourage you to read about their achievements in The ASHA Leader.

ASHA Journals Awards

The ASHA Journals Awards encompass two categories of publications-related awards: The Alfred K. Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publications and the Editor’s Awards. Please join us in celebrating and honoring the award recipients.

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Awards

The Chapter of the Year Honors award recognizes a chapter that demonstrates commitment to increasing chapter engagement and an awareness of National NSSLHA’s mission through inventive recruitment efforts, outstanding growth in National NSSLHA membership, and innovative advocacy and fundraising events. California State University: Sacramento is the 2020 NSSLHA Chapter of the Year.

A Tribute to Annie Glenn

We were saddened to learn that Annie Glenn, wife of Senator John Glenn, passed away earlier this year. She was known nationwide for her advocacy for those with communication disorders and is the namesake of ASHA’s beloved Annie Glenn Award. Affectionately known as the “Annie,” the award recognizes individuals who demonstrate Mrs. Glenn's spirit by making a positive impact on those with communication disorders. Although ASHA did not name an “Annie” recipient this year, we invite you to reminisce about some of our favorite moments with Annie Glenn.


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