December 1, 2013 Association

ASHA News: December 2013

Ethics Essay Contest Opens to All CSD Students

ASHA invites students enrolled in any communication sciences and disorders program—undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or entry-level graduate—to enter ASHA's 2014 Student Ethics Essay Award competition.

The goal of the essay contest is to encourage students to think about ethical decision making and foster awareness of situations that could pose ethical dilemmas as they prepare for CSD careers.

The 2014 competition topic is supervisory relationships. Entrants select one of two potential conflict scenarios—one related to audiology, the other to speech-language pathology—for their essays. Using the 2010 Code of Ethics, students must identify the principle(s) and rule(s) they believe are violated in the scenarios; provide a rationale for their choice; and propose a decision-making process to resolve the ethical dilemma.

The three winning authors will receive a cash prize; certificate of achievement; one-year membership to the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association; invitations to the NSSLHA luncheon and awards ceremony at the 2014 ASHA Convention; and recognition in the Leader and on the ASHA website. The first-place winner also receives a complimentary student registration to the 2014 convention.

Students must submit their entries to their CSD program director by Friday, April 11. Each program director may select up to five student essays for submission to ASHA. Members of the ASHA Board of Ethics review the essays and select the winners.

For complete program information—including eligibility requirements, submission guidelines and application forms—visit the Student Ethics Essay Award webpage.

Did You Know?

Nominate a Lecturer on AAC

ASHA Special Interest Group 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, seeks nominees to present the 2014 Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture at the 2014 ASHA Convention in Orlando.

The Prentke Lecture is an invited presentation, developed by SIG 12 and sponsored by the Prentke Romich Company and Semantic Compaction Systems.

A nominee must be a person who uses AAC; has public speaking experience and the ability to participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience; and has made a unique contribution to the field of AAC or had a unique experience as a person who uses AAC.

As the lecture is offered for continuing education units, its content must be scholarly, presented at the graduate level or higher, and delivered by a presenter with recognized scholarly competence in the topic.

The chosen lecturer receives a stipend to cover costs associated with attending the convention.

To receive instructions on submitting a nomination, send an e-mail to with "AAC Lecture" in the subject line. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 24, 2013, at 3 p.m. EST.

For more information about the lecture and previous presenters, visit the nomination page.

Access Academics to Focus on Clinical Practice Research

The December issue of Access Academics and Research focuses on implementation science and knowledge translation and its application to the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Featured author Erin E. Redle, a speech-language pathologist, is an assistant professor at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She describes implementation research as the scientific investigation of the best methods to promote changes in clinical practice across health care and educational settings. The article extends the discussion to knowledge translation and discusses practitioners' challenges in translating evidence from research settings into effective clinical practices.

ASHA Access Academics and Research is a bimonthly electronic newsletter that addresses the specific needs of faculty, researchers, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students.

To subscribe, send a blank e-mail with the word "subscribe" in the subject line to

ASHA Debuts New One-Stop Volunteer Shop

Do you want to volunteer in ASHA activities but don't know where or how to find information about available opportunities? ASHA's newly launched "Become a Volunteer" webpage can help you find the volunteer position that's right for you.

On this website, users will find a compendium of all available volunteer opportunities. You can browse the openings to find a position that meets your interest, availability and experience. New opportunities will be posted to the site as they become available.

For more information, contact Andrea Falzarano, director of association governance operations, at

Audiology Conference Tackles Central Auditory Processing Disorders

Because of the large number of participants in the 2013 online audiology conference, ASHA will repeat "Central Auditory Processing Disorders: Clinical Practices and the Science Behind Them" early next year.

The conference will be repeated March 5–17, 2014.

For 12 days in October, more than 700 audiologists and SLPs joined the online conference to learn about CAPD from leading scientists and clinicians, including Gail Chermak, Frank Musiek, Teri James Bellis, Nina Kraus and Linda Thibodeau. (See "Overheard," which spotlights a live chat with Bellis.)

CAPD is often described as greater-than-expected difficulty hearing and understanding speech in the absence of measureable hearing loss. It is often confused with other disorders such as ADHD, language impairment, learning disabilities, social and emotional delays, or cognitive deficits. The conference examined the evidence behind treatment, the implications of comorbidities, and the most effective diagnosis and treatment techniques.

One attendee, in practice for more than 30 years, commented, "This has been one of the best CAPD conferences I have attended." For details about the March conference, visit ASHA's events page.

Board of Ethics Decision

The ASHA Board of Ethics has found speech-language pathologist Vicky L. (Vineyard) Robinson, of Edmond, Okla., in violation of the association's Codes of Ethics (2003, 2010).

By misrepresenting ASHA certification status for employment purposes, by using the CCC-SLP designation while in the certification application process, and in the absence of verification that she is an ASHA certificate-holder, Robinson violated, inter alia, the following principles and rules of the Codes of Ethics:

Principle III, Rule A: Individuals shall not misrepresent their credentials, competence, education, training, experience, or scholarly or research contributions (2003, 2010).

Principle IV, Rule C (2010), and subpart of Rule B (2003): Individuals shall not engage in dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

The sanction imposed is withholding of membership and certification for 60 months, effective Oct. 25, 2013.


See what the ASHA Board of Directors voted on recently [PDF].


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