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.

2023 Meeting 

ASHA Annual Convention
Wednesday, November 15, 2023      
Boston, MA

Getting Ahead of the AI Curve in Health Professions Education

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications including language-processing models (e.g., ChatGPT) will continue to improve, expand, and impact the future of learning and work. Generative AI will be embraced by business and industry in ways that will enhance efficiency and accuracy in services. So, our learners, as they pursue careers, will do so in an AI-rich environment. Understanding that advances in technology are rarely, if ever, denied by society, we must confront how to respond and incorporate new technologies in constructive ways that support learning and workforce preparation. It is incumbent upon educators to ensure that our learners have experience with AI technologies as well as develop effective practices for their optimal use. Our keynote speaker, Sumitrajit Dhar, will share their perspectives on the application of emerging AI technologies in higher education and health professions education. They will provide insight on how disciplines in higher education may examine the changing nature of the workforce that awaits their learners and adapt instruction and assessment accordingly to be useful and appropriate in today’s environment.

Keynote Presenter

  • Sumitrajit Dhar, PhD, CCC-A, Northwestern University


  • Radhika Arvamudhan PhD, CCC-A, Salus University
  • Jennifer Friberg, PhD, CCC-SLP, Illinois State University
  • Julie Liss, PhD, CCC-SLP, Arizona State University

Past Meeting Presentations

2022 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on The Importance of Community-Based Participatory Research, 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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