Judy Rudebusch Rich Becomes 2022 President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association




Judy Rudebusch Rich, EdD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, took office from January 1 as the 2022 President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

President Rich is Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at Dallas in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. A Board Certified Specialist in Child Language, she enjoys sharing with graduate students her passion for quality services in child language within school-based settings.

Previously, Rich worked in Texas public schools for 35 years in various roles. She also provided school district leadership for state and federal programs having to do with bilingual/ESL education, special education, and gifted–talented education. In addition, Rich promoted the application of systems theory and best practice models for continuous improvement that were based on data-driven and team decision making, and she applied to school-based speech-language pathology continuous improvement models that pertained to workloads, treatment that was evidence and outcomes-based, eligibility and dismissal guidelines, and staffing and funding, reports ASHA news.

“I am honored to serve as ASHA’s 2022 President,” Rich said. “I look forward to working collectively to eliminate barriers and make connections that activate ASHA’s vision of ‘making communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.’ The global pandemic and social justice conditions call for different questions that allow us to think and solve problems in ways that support ASHA members and enhance our capacity to improve quality of care.”

Source: ASHA news 2021