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Robbins Awarded Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

JoAnne Robbins, PhD, professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will receive the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) award during ASHA's annual meeting in Atlanta on November 16.


JoAnne Robbins

Robbins has affiliations in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Nutritional Sciences, and she is associate director of research for the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. 


She will share this event with six other Honors recipients as well as guest speakers Dr. Maya Angelou and former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords.


The Honors, ASHA's most prestigious award, is given to only a few members each year to recognize individuals who have been nominated because the impact of their work has "changed the course of their profession."


The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 150,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.


Robbins is the founder and director of the UW/VA Swallowing Speech And Dining Enhancement (SSWAL-ADE) program and is known nationally and internationally as a leader in the area of swallowing disorders and dysphagia rehabilitation. She has received continual federal funding since 1984 for innovative clinical research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Department of Agriculture.


A review of her 71 peer-reviewed publications with 1,479 citations demonstrates the impact that Robbins' science has had not only on the profession of speech pathology, but also on the fields of neurology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, gerontology, neuro-rehabilitation, nutrition and food science.


Robbins' peers and colleagues offered the following:


"Dr. Robbins has led groundbreaking, agenda-setting research in swallowing for over 20 years. She epitomizes a translational researcher: consistently identifying and rigorously pursing research questions that arise from clinical practice and then bringing her findings back to inform evidence-based practice. She is an outstanding clinician, scientist, teacher, and mentor and most deserving of this award!" - Molly Carnes, MD, MS, professor, Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Industrial and Systems Engineering, director, Center for Women's Health Research, co-director, Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI), University of Wisconsin-Madison.


"She fearlessly enters previously invious territory and leaves a trail clear enough for the rest of us to follow even as she is out of sight and on to the next challenge." - Jay Rosenbek, PhD, professor, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Florida-Gainesville.


"Professor JoAnne Robbins is a brilliant clinician-scientist who has made fundamental contributions to the scientific body of knowledge regarding swallowing and its disorders that have led to substantive improvements in the standard of care for evaluation and treatment of individuals with dysphagia." - Jeffrey Palmer, MD, Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professor, director, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, physiatrist in chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Date Published: 08/02/2012

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