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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 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 2019 Symposium topic is Advances in Specific Language Impairment Research & Intervention. Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is characterized by delayed language development in children who do not have any other condition that might account for that delay. Leading researchers will discuss SLI in terms of its genetic influences, effects on word learning and reading, differential diagnosis, and early intervention. The Symposium will conclude with a panel discussion on how to enhance incorporation of research evidence into clinical practice and advocacy, as well as how future research directions are likely to advance understanding of SLI.

How to Attend

The Symposium is scheduled for November 23, 2019, at the ASHA Convention in Orlando, Florida. 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 team at

Future Research Symposia

2020: Advances in Speech Research and Brain-Computer Interface Technology for Treating Communication Disorders (coordinated by Jordan Green, PhD)

Previous Research Symposia

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