On Friday, Dec. 1, Margaret Rogers, chief staff officer for science and research for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), delivered the second lecture in the Dean’s Seminar Series. Formed in recognition of the College’s accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health, the series brings internationally renowned scholars and practitioners to campus for discussions on pressing issues facing an ever-expanding field of public health.
At ASHA, Rogers oversees science and research activities, such as surveys, outcomes research and publications. She developed and directs ASHA’s Clinical Practice Research Institute, its Research Mentoring Network and its Clinical Research Education Library. She also oversees the association’s National Center for Evidence-based Practice and directs its Practice Portal, an evidence-based knowledge resource for clinical practice information and professional issues.
“At the core of Dr. Rogers’ work is the understanding that evidence-based practice has enormous potential to help transform individual and population health,” said David Sarwer, associate dean of research in the College of Public Health. “This requires significant changes in both scholarly and scientific communities, and those changes depend on a robust, sustained commitment to interprofessional collaboration.”
In her lecture, Rogers spoke on the history of the communication sciences and disorders discipline, from the original “speech correctionists” trained in public speaking and theater to the more than 190,000 students and practitioners represented by ASHA today. Through this context, Rogers discussed the challenges of transitioning from a belief-based practice to an evidence-based one.
She also emphasized the importance, and frustrations, of disseminating research findings. Rogers cited statistics that only 14% of original research ultimately benefits society—and takes around 17 years to do so.
“Knowing how to effectively change practice is just as important as knowing which practices are effective,” she said. “If we incorporate [implementation strategies] earlier in the phases of research, we might be able to improve adoption on the other end.”
Upcoming Dean’s Seminar Series Speakers
March 2, 2018 / Dr. James Rimmer, director of the Lakeshore Foundation/University of Alabama-Birmingham Research Collaborative
March 16, 2018 / Dr. Sandro Galea, Robert A. Knox Professor and dean at the Boston University School of Public Health
For more information on the Dean’s Seminar Series, contact Natasha de Luna at firstname.lastname@example.org.