Caroline Gammill, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CBIS
Kelly Zarifa, MA, CCC-SLP
Caroline Tobias, MS, CCC-SLP
Kyomi Gregory, PhD, CCC-SLP
Natalie Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP
Meet our Team, here.
Editor’s Note: I think I knew that I wanted to be a speech–language pathologist by the time I was 15 years old. Twenty-five years later, I have never been so proud of our profession. Thank you for risking the health and well-being of you and your family and for providing quality services in the face of the unknown. We see you. We love you and we want to support you. We hope these blogs help to clarify some of what you’ve been seeing in the media, and if there’s another area we can explore for you, please tell us! There’s honestly nothing else we’d rather do! ~Natalie Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP
And a disclaimer: While we’ve looked extensively for peer-reviewed, quality studies, much of our information at this point is from media reporting cases and stories—simply because the science just isn’t available yet. We link here to the original cases when possible, but it’s just too early at this point to have lots of high-quality studies! We’ll come back to insert addendums as they’re available.
In the first two weeks of March, our team recognized that SLPs would be doing a lot more telepractice in the very near future, and we wanted to help.
So we headed to every place we could find to pull together all the latest research on telepractice in our field, as well as all the content in our membership that was already published on telepractice.
Telehealth, teletherapy, telepractice.... whatever you call it, we found the research on it for speech–language pathologists
Click below to open up the full page. And enjoy.
Note that from April forward, we will continue to find new research on telehealth. This link shares research only from March 2020 and earlier.
"I don't get what the difference is between ASHA's Evidence Maps, speechBITE, and The Informed SLP..."
Ah—an excellent question!
This one came in a couple weeks ago, and the first thing I did was reach out to folks at ASHA and speechBITE so we could write a collaborative response for you, together! It didn’t fit very well in a standard narrow blog post, so click on the image below, and you’ll be redirected to a full page explaining the three.
Because about half the staff at The Informed SLP has an SLPD, PhD, or is pursuing one, we often get member questions about these degrees. (Plus, I think our website members tend to be people who are interested in our field's research and/or serve as leaders among fellow SLPs!)
The SLPD is a newer degree in our field, but there are already some excellent resources out there to help explain it. For example: from ASHA, from a scientist, and from a clinical leader in our field. Also, from schools that offer both degrees, like Northwestern and KU.
If you're looking for the 5-minute answer to: What's the difference between a PhD and SLPD, see those resources (above).
However, if you're further along in your journey of considering a doctorate, watch our 90-minute explanation (!!), here:
And if you still have questions after this, seek out others who've obtained one of the two degrees! For example, Clinical Research for SLPs, on Facebook could be a good place to solicit tips and advice from SLPD and PhD colleagues. I'd recommend searching the terms "PhD" and "SLPD" in the group, first, to see what's been posted in the past.
Hope this helps, and congrats on your journey! ~The Informed SLP Team
We'll add additional helpful links, below, and please comment if you have others!