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 Fluency and Fluency Disorders

In continuous publication since 1991, Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders (formerly called the Division 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders Newsletter) is published two times annually (May and November) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This Special Interest Group and its publication focus on the study of characteristics and processes related to normal fluency of speech; prevention, assessment, and treatment of fluency disorders, including neurophysiologic, cognitive, psychological, social, and cultural factors.


Joseph G. Donaher, Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

Associate Editor

Farzan Irani, Texas State University

Professional Development Manager

Jennifer Kleinow, La Salle University

Production Editor

Frank Wisswell, Publications, ASHA

Advertising Sales

Pamela J. Leppin, Director, Advertising Sales, ASHA

2016 Coordinating Committee

SIG Coordinator

Craig Edward Coleman, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Associate Coordinator

Charles A. Osborne, University of Wisconsin

Sarah M Smits-Bandstra, St. Cloud State University

John A Tetnowski, University of Louisiana-Lafayette

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

Diane Paul, Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, ASHA

2016 List of Reviewers

Joseph G. Donaher, Editor

Farzan A. Irani, Associate Editor

Deryk Scott Beal

Kevin A. Eldridge

David Evans

Charles D. Hughes

Kia N. Johnson

Joseph F. Klein

Sharon Millard

James V. Panico

Ryan D. Pollard

Jim G. Tsiamtsouris

Jennifer L. Kleinow, Professional Development Manager

Diane Paul, Ex Officio

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