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Research Symposium at the ASHA Convention


The Research Symposium brings 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 postdoctoral fellows. Awarded pairs receive 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.

The 2021 Symposium topic is Health and Healthcare Equity in Communication Disorders. Persons with a communication disability (CD) have poorer health and healthcare outcomes than those without CD but similar health conditions (Stransky, Jensen, & Morris, 2018). These disparities result from many factors, including patients’ impaired language, healthcare providers’ negative biases, and discriminatory systems and policies. This Symposium will describe potential approaches to improving the health and healthcare of people with a CD, including parent training to address disruptive behaviors in children who are deaf or hard of hearing, pregnancy outcomes of women who are deaf or hard of hearing, providers’ biases about patients with a CD, and curricula for medical students on how to care for patients with a CD. A panel of policy makers and funders will discuss approaches to improving the quality of health and healthcare for this population.

How to Attend

The 2021 Symposium will be part of the ASHA Convention Virtual Library. Any Convention registrant may view the pre-recorded sessions. No separate ticket or registration is required.

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

Future Research Symposia

2021: Health and Healthcare Equity in Communication Disorders (coordinated by Megan Morris, PhD)

2022: Bilingualism (coordinated by Leah Fabiano Smith, PhD)

2023: Artificial Intelligence (AI) in CSD (coordinated by Jordan Green, PhD)

2024: Genetics in CSD (coordinated by Beate Peter, PhD)

2025: Intervention and Implementation Clinical Trials in CSD (coordinated by Leora Cherney, PhD)

Previous Research Symposia

Access the presentation recordings and resulting publications from past ASHA Conventions, when available.

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