Researcher-Academic Town Meeting

The Researcher-Academic Town Meeting (RATM) is an invitation-only event at the ASHA Convention. The purpose of the event is to:

  1. Bring together senior researchers and PhD-level academics (including international PhD-level faculty/researcher affiliates in attendance at Convention), new PhD-level faculty, PhD students, and student awardees for a presentation and discussion on a timely topic related to science and research or academic issues.
  2. Provide the opportunity for new PhD-level faculty, PhD students, and student awardees to interact with seasoned faculty/researchers by having them interact and converse with faculty and researchers.
  3. Provide the opportunity for networking and socializing among all event attendees.

2024 Meeting

ASHA Annual Convention
Wednesday, December 4, 2024
Seattle, WA

Academia at a Crossroads: Pathways to Renewal and Innovation

Higher education is at a crossroads, facing threats internal and external that are creating turbulent times for academia. Enrollment declines, rising costs, budget crises, questions of value, political challenges from within and without, academic freedom, and unmet moral leadership are among a host of challenges facing universities and their leaders. While these are not new challenges, the collective burden of them alongside the nation’s political tumult is posing new threats to how the academy functions, how it supports our nation’s social and economic fabric, and the overall priorities of higher education. This talk will consider the unique impact on clinical and scientific fields that these challenges present. It will also explore the roots of these challenges and outline potential innovations and strategies for renewal in higher education. A panel of distinguished leaders in CSD and higher education will share their perspective following the keynote address and will respond to questions from attendees.

This is an invitation-only session, and a reservation is required. Scheduling this event DOES NOT grant you entry. Contact for more information.

Keynote Presenter: Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH, Arizona State University


  • Adrian KC Lee ScD, University of Washington
  • Patricia Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, FNAP-SLP, University of Vermont
  • Rahul Shrivastav, PhD, Indiana University Bloomington

Past Meeting Presentations

2023 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Getting Ahead of the AI Curve in Health Professions Education, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Sumit Dhar and 2023 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting Program Booklet [PDF].

2022 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on The Importance of Community-Based Participatory Researchspan, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Christina Nicolaidis and 2022 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting Program Booklet [PDF].

2021 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Let's Talk About Competency-Based Education, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Sue McAllister

2020 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Behavioral Machine Intelligence for Health Applications (The 2020 RATM and ASHA Convention was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

2019 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on It's Critical! The Assessment and Development of Critical Thinking, presentation [PDF] by Drs. Robert M. Augustine, Patrick Finn, and Ou Lydia Liu

2018 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Using Reporting Guidelines to Improve the Reliability and Value of Clinical Research, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Jason Roberts

2017 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Clinical Education and Supervision, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Mindi Anderson

2016 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Responding to Changes in Scholarly Publishing, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Ray Kent

2015 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Advancing the Science and Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS), presentation [PDF] by Dr. Alan M. Jette

2014 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Systems Level Change: The Role of Implementation Science, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Donald Kincaid

2013 Joint Research Academic Town Meeting/ASHA Approved CE Provider Workshop on Interprofessional Education: Moving Toward a Collaborative Era through Preprofessional Education and Lifelong Learning, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Barbara Brandt

2012 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Preparing Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists to Provide Value-Based Services in the New Economic Climate, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Alex Johnson and Dr. Robert Burkard

2011 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Training the Next Generation of Clinical Researchers, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Melissa Duff and Dr. Mary Pat Moeller

2010 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Building Capacity for the Research Doctorate

2009 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Clinical Practice Research in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: The Final Frontier, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Laura Justice and Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray.

2008 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Perspectives on Teaching and Technology: Micro and Macro Applications, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Sarah Ginsberg, Dr. Lissa Power-de Fur, Dr. Carol Dudding, and Dr. Doug Martin.

2007 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Team Science: Reframing a Familiar Concept for Contemporary Research Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Dennis Matthews and comments [PDF] by Dr. Thomas Helfer, Dr. Ray Kent, Dr. Elena Plante, Dr. Bruce Tomblin.

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