ASHA Announces 2011 President

January 18, 2011 · Posted in audiology, Speech Therapy 

Paul R. Rao, PhD, CCC-SLP, recently took office as the 2011 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

Rao, 64, is vice president of operations and compliance at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC, and a visiting professor at the University of Maryland. Rao succeeds Tommie L. Robinson Jr, PhD, CCC-SLP, who continues to serve on ASHA’s board of directors.

“My goal is to better position ASHA members to serve their clients and to improve reimbursement and access for all,” Rao said. “As part of that, as ASHA’s president I look forward to working with ASHA member-advocates to see that the Association continues to be a significant player in the new health care reform legislation in order to help bring the promise of more freedom to individuals with communication disabilities.”

Rao comes to ASHA’s top elected office with more than 25 years of volunteer experience with ASHA. He has served on a number of ASHA committees and boards, such as the Board of Ethics, the Committee on Honors, and the Special Interest Divisions Board of Division Coordinators. He has also served as president for both the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the District of Columbia Association for Healthcare Quality. In 1991, he became an ASHA Fellow, one of the highest honors of the Association. For more information, go to

[Source: Rehab Management]


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