Research and Scientific Affairs Committee

Liaisons with the Vice President for Science and Research


The charge of the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee is to support the Vice President for Science and Research, the Science Advisory Board, and National Office staff in (1) advocating for research in human communication sciences and disorders (CSD); (2) providing guidance to emerging researchers in CSD; (3) identifying critical and emerging research needs in communication, swallowing and balance disorders and normal processes in order to update programs, products, and services for the Association; (4) identifying and addressing issues relevant to research education and training; and (5) facilitating continued engagement of the scientific community in advancing the research base in CSD.


9 members, including a chair, representing speech, language, and hearing.


  • Karen S. Helfer, Chair
  • Sumitrajit Dhar, Board Liaison
  • Sudha Arunachalam
  • Adam B. Buchwald
  • Bharath Chandrasekaran
  • David A. Eddins
  • Sona M. Patel
  • Emily K. Plowman
  • Sonja L. Pruitt-Lord
  • Elizabeth A. Strickland


3 years


2 face-to-face meetings (including Committee Day at Convention) and approximately 10 conference calls annually. Provide guidance for and participate in two annual research education conferences as well as RSAC-coordinated ASHA Convention sessions.

Desired Service Qualifications/Experiences

Strong publication record, federal research funding, federal research grant review experience, and experience mentoring PhD students or junior faculty.

Staff Liaison

Susan Nitzberg Lott (

ASHA Corporate Partners