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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.

2022 Meeting 

ASHA Annual Convention
Wednesday, November 16, 2022      
New Orleans, LA

Nothing About Us Without Us: The Importance of Community-Based Participatory Research

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an approach to research that engages the community of study in the co-creation of the research enterprise. In CBPR, community members are full partners of the research process. CBPR requires a conversation on the community’s perspective of the researcher defined problem. Together the academic researcher and the community identify shared goals and interests. CBPR begins with understanding the community’s perspectives on the foundational definitions of the issues to be examined, purpose and goals of the research, ownership of ideas, outcomes management, and dissemination of data and results to the academic and public audience. The CBPR research collaboration can result in community ownership of the research enterprise after the academic research has been concluded. CBPR is frequently used in research with under-represented and marginalized populations because those voices are frequently not present when the research enterprise is developed. In the absence of CPBR, the community becomes the site and the people become the objects of the research. An effective CBPR builds trust between researchers and the community partners as co-equal creators and learners. Research grounded in the community’s context is likely to increase the face validity of the findings and make it more likely those findings accurately reflect the community’s wants, needs, and goals for collective change. Community participation in the development of new knowledge bridges the gap between the knowledge produced through research and what is implemented to improve the health, education, and well-being of community members. These types of partnerships are key to sustaining effective, community supported programs and innovations. Ultimately, the goal of CBPR is to use research to improve the quality of life of members of the population being studied. Dr. Nicolaidis will share her experiences and perspective about the value of CBPR for conducting research that aims to improve the health and well-being of autistic people and their families. Panelists will broaden the discussion to consider how this method is important to advancing research in other areas of communication sciences and disorders.

2022 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on "Nothing About Us Without Us: The Importance of Community-Based Participatory Research," presentation [PDF] by Dr. Christina Nicolaidis. Take a look at our 2022 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting Program Booklet [PDF] for more information on the ASHA's Academic & Research (ARM) Network and ASHA Journals Awards.

Keynote Presenter


Past Meeting Presentations

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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