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Research Symposium at the ASHA Convention


The Research Symposium brings together clinicians and researchers at the ASHA 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 and a travel stipend, 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 2022 Symposium is scheduled to take place all day Friday, November 18 as part of the onsite ASHA Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2022 Symposium topic is assessment and diagnosis of speech and language disabilities of multilingual and BIPOC children. Assessment of phonology, language, and cognitive abilities in multilingual children will be linked to theories that explore the intersection of race, ethnicity, and disability. The social justice impact of disability diagnosis in the preschool and elementary school years will be linked to research examining the school-to-prison pipeline and educational disparities among multilingual and BIPOC children as compared with their white peers. Assessment procedures designed to avoid pitfalls for misdiagnosis will be discussed.

How to Attend

Any onsite Convention attendee may attend for the entire day or for individual 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

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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