Research Symposium at ASHA Convention


The Research Symposium bring together clinicians and researchers at ASHA's Convention to discuss current research that has important implications for the study of communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Each year's symposium focuses on a specific research theme. Research is presented by invited speakers who are experts in their fields.

ASHA offers a Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA) in conjunction with this program to provide a research mentoring experience to graduate students and early-career scientists. Awarded pairs receive a stipend and ASHA Convention registration fee waivers, as well as the opportunity to engage in mentored activities before, during, and after Convention.

The Symposium is an annual program that has been offered since 1990. The Symposium and the associated travel award are funded, in part, by grant #R13DC003383 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).


The Symposium is open to all attendees of the ASHA Convention who are interested in current research.


The Symposium consists of several talks related to a research topic of importance to CSD with opportunities for discussion between clinicians, students, junior investigators and senior investigators. A dedicated question and answer period follows each presentation.

The 2018 Symposium topic is "Advances in Neuroplasticity Research: Language Recovery in Aphasia." Recent advances in imaging technologies and non-invasive brain stimulation methods have opened important avenues for research in aphasia. In this Symposium, leading researchers will discuss how these methods have advanced our understanding of the brain changes following stroke, the predictors of language recovery, and the neural underpinnings of treatment-induced recovery. The Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion on how this research might influence and improve aphasia treatment approaches.

How to Attend

The Symposium is scheduled for November 17, 2018, at the ASHA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Any Convention attendee may attend for the entire day or for individual sessions. No separate ticket or registration is required for this event.

For more information on the annual Research Symposium, please contact ASHA's Academic Affairs and Research Education unit at

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