ASHA Vice President for Research and Technology

Janis Costello Ingham, Ph. D.


The ASHA Executive Board has approved the formation of a Working Group to study possibilities for the development of an Academy of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Such a group has been suggested as an avenue to highlight the research mission of ASHA and the research activities of ASHA’s members and scientists working in complementary areas, with special emphasis on interdisciplinary/trans-disciplinary research. It is envisioned that if such a group were to be formed, it would be structured as a semi-autonomous organization under the ASHA "umbrella." Early steps are being taken to explore the level of interest that may exist in the research community.

At the 1997 ASHA Convention, the Scientific Affairs Committee organized a panel presentation on the grant application process as it applies to some of the grants available from NIH. This session was videotaped and will be made available (on loan) to any persons interested in viewing it. Notification of its availability (Fall, 1998) will be posted in the ASHA Leader and an additional reminder will be sent to chairs of academic programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

A new Researcher ListServ has been developed by ASHA to serve as a conduit of research information for ASHA’s members interested in research. Weekly postings are made each Friday. ASHA members can subscribe by sending a message to:


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Some of the ASHA research leadership (President, Nancy Swigert; Vice President for Research and Technology, Janis Costello Ingham; Executive Director, Fred Spahr; and National Office Research Department Representative, Sharon Moss) met recently with Dr. James Battey, the new Director of NIDCD, to discuss research and research funding issues of mutual interest. Similar meetings will be held in the near future with other directors of NIH Institutes that support research related to communication sciences and disorders. We are attempting to increase ASHA’s visibility with these important research funding groups.

Researchers are encouraged to watch for announcements of the next Researcher Town Meeting, which will be scheduled as an Internet exchange. It will occur in early Fall, before the regular Researcher Town Meeting (now called ASHA Live!) held annually at the Convention.