About Perspectives and Its Editors

Perspectives is the online member publication for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The SIGs began publishing newsletters for their affiliates in 1991. Those publications have expanded and evolved over the years and are now reviewed according to the criteria set forth by the Continuing Education Board of ASHA.

Further, all of the SIGs publish content on the graduate level for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, enabling readers to earn Continuing Education credits for self-study of Perspectives.

The content of Perspectives is subject to editorial review and continuing education review.

Perspectives is focused on narrow topics of interest to professionals practicing in or conducting research related to communications sciences and disorders. Typically, Perspectives is disorder-oriented (e.g., swallowing and swallowing disorders), though some SIGs focus on topics across disorders (e.g., gerontology or diversity) or that relate to pedagogy or supervision.

Each Perspectives boasts an Editor with special knowledge and expertise in the focus topics of that SIG. Each SIG's content is reviewed by a Continuing Education Content Manager and a standing Board of Reviewers who ensure that content meets requirements for ASHA continuing education self-studies.

About Perspectives on Gerontology

Perspectives on Gerontology (formerly known as the Division 15, Gerontology Newsletter) is published three times annually (January, May, and September) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Special Interest Group 15, Gerontology, is concerned with the interdisciplinary study and communication behaviors and disorders in older individuals. The mission of SIG 15 is to provide an opportunity for members of the Association concerned with the communication problems associated with the aging process to: (a) affiliate with one another to promote specific professional and scientific interests, (b) develop communication and networking in diverse professional and scientific settings, (c) advocate for positive outcomes on issues concerning older individuals.


Renee Kinder, Evergreen Rehabilitation

Associate Editor

Melissa S. Fryer, Portland State University; Infinity Rehab

Professional Development Manager

Nancy B Brandenburger, Peret & Moy Therapy Associates

Production Editor

Frank Wisswell, Publications, ASHA

Advertising Sales

Pamela J. Leppin, Director, Advertising Sales, ASHA

2016 Coordinating Committee

SIG Coordinator

Janet Schreck, Loyola Clinical Centers

Associate Coordinator

Mary Beth Mason-Baughman, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Pamela A. Smith, Bloomsburg University of PA

George Voyzey, Genesis Rehab Services

ASHA Board of Directors Board Liaisons

Robert C. Fifer, Vice President for Audiology Practice

Sandra Laing Gillam, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Ex Officio

Gennith Johnson, Associate Director, Health Care Services in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

2016 List of Reviewers

Renee B. Kinder, Editor

Melissa S. Fryer, Associate Editor

Ed M. Bice

Melissa A. Bosserman

Jennifer Brush

Mary L. Casper

Cathleen M. Carney-Thomas

Elizabeth K. Ebensteiner

Sarah Jade Freeman

Ruth Renee Hannibal

Heather A. F. Jeng

Susanne P. Keeley

Natalie B. Lee

Mary Beth Mason-Baughman

Christie L. Miller

Patricia Maureen Mirando

Raksha Mudar

Brenda Nuckton

Elaine M. Shuey

Pamela A. Smith

George A. Voyzey

Megan A. Weathers

Rayanne Woodruff

Tina Slider Young

Nancy B. Brandenburger, Professional Development Manager

Gennith M. Johnson, Ex Officio

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