Elena Plante’s research career spans across 25 years, with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications addressing both basic and translational topics. Four of her clinically oriented scholarly journal articles have been recognized with Editor’s Awards from ASHA Journals. Dr. Plante’s research has been funded continuously by federal and private agencies, and she has been an active member of scientific review panels for a wide variety of grant mechanisms. She has longstanding and productive research collaborations both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Plante served on ASHA’s Research and Scientific Affairs Committee and chaired the committee for 3 years. She also has been a member of ASHA’s Lessons for Success Committee since its inception more than 10 years ago, and she chaired this committee for 2 years. She was the founding Chair of the ASHA and ASHFoundation Grant Review and Reviewer Training Program. These roles all fall within the purview of the Vice President for Science and Research portfolio, giving Dr. Plante a head start with these activities. Her experience with these ASHA programs, as well as with her own research, provides a long-term view of the research landscape that she can bring to the role of Vice President for Science and Research.
The opportunity to mentor emerging and early-stage professionals has been a particularly rewarding aspect of Dr. Plante’s research career. In addition to students whom she has mentored directly, she also has been fortunate to interact with a cadre of early-career researchers who are doing exciting work at institutions nationwide and abroad. These experiences provide broad insight into the rewards and challenges that face those who are building their own program of research. Their work is essential for maintaining the research base that ultimately supports our professional independence, as well as the ability to provide the information necessary to advance clinical practice.