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NMSU faculty member to lead ASHA special interest group

Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the New Mexico State University College of Education, has been appointed to coordinate a national special interest group on global issues for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Head shot of Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the NMSU College of Education.
Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the New Mexico State University College of Education, has been appointed to coordinate a national special interest group on global issues for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (NMSU Courtesy Photo)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. It provides governmental oversight and advocacy for legislative issues related to scope of practice, reimbursement and ethical practice.

Salas-Provance, who is interim department head for the college's special education and communications disorders department and director of the NMSU communications disorders program, said this group will be an important resource for advancing the exchange of clinical, research and educational information and assist ASHA in strengthening strategic relationships worldwide.

Salas-Provance has been a member of ASHA since 1975. She also represents New Mexico on ASHA's Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, which is responsible for identifying and discussing issues of concern to members and providing information of these issues to ASHA's Board of Directors. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the association, one of its highest awards, and in 2009 she received the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs.

Salas-Provance earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from NMSU, her doctorate in speech-language pathology from the University of Illinois and a second master's in health care administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas cleft lip and palate, bilingual medical interpreter training, multicultural issues and speech production of young children with cleft palate and of deaf children following cochlear implantation.