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 2024 Symposium is scheduled to take place all day Friday, December 6 as part of the in-person ASHA Convention in Seattle, Washington.

Coordinated by Beate Peter, PhD, CCC-SLP (Arizona State University), the Symposium will focus on the role of genetics in a diverse range of communication abilities and disabilities. Speakers will discuss how DNA variations and environmental factors interact, the role of genes in brain development, how best to unravel complex gene–environment–brain–phenotype associations, and ways to translate some of these insights into new approaches to clinical management. 

How to Attend

Any in-person 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

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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