We support, promote, and advance higher education in

Communication Sciences and Disorders


Excellence * Visionary Leadership * Collaboration


Dear Members,
I don’t know about you, but I looked at my calendar and realized it is already November! This semester has been speeding by and I hope it is going well. 
I want to remind you that the CAPCSD reception and business meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th, 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (note the time), in the Hilton Riverside Hotel Compass Room. I encourage you to join us if you’ll be in New Orleans. Please make sure you register in advance to attend – a Crowd Pass Covid Vaccination verification is required. Click here to register.
The CAPCSD Board looks forward to providing updates to our member programs on how we are supporting, promoting, and advancing higher education programs in communication sciences and disorders.
In warm regards,

Jennifer P. Taylor



Immediate Past-President Message


I am pleased to report that both the Honors and Awards Committee and the Nominations Committee have been hard at work as they prepare to take action on their charges for this upcoming cycle! See below for status updates from the Chairs of both committees.  


I would like to take this moment to thank the chairs and members of these committees for their hard work and diligence, as they lead the way on our path to both identifying future leaders of our CAPCSD Board and acknowledging accomplishments of our members through recognition awards.   

Michael Bamdad

Immediate Past-President


Nominations Committee Chair Update

The Nominations Committee is gearing up for this year’s call for nominations and looks forward to receiving your nominations for President-Elect and Secretary. The nomination deadline is Monday, December 12th.


We invite all CAPCSD members to consider serving on the CAPCSD Board of Directors. The committee especially encourages current and former committee chairs and committee members to consider being nominated or self-nominating as it is beneficial to have committee experience and knowledge of the organization before serving on the board. 


After reviewing nominations and completing online interviews, the nomination committee will present a single slate of officers to the Board of Directors for approval, which will then be presented at the annual conference in April. We look forward to your nominations!

Cara Boester, Chair

Nominations Committee



Honors and Awards

Committee Chair Update

The Honors and Awards Committee has the pleasure of reviewing nominations and then recommending individuals, agencies, businesses, organizations, or academic programs to CAPCSD’s Board of Directors for approval. Nancy Aarts, Lynne Hewitt, and I are receiving nominations for Honors of the Council, the Distinguished Contributions Award, and for Excellence in Diversity Award. For descriptions of these awards and directions for submitting nominations, click here.


It is truly a delight to read about the significant contributions individuals and programs have made to the Council and the discipline of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  We look forward to receiving nominations by December 1, 2022. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We look forward to hearing from you!

Judith Vander Woude, Chair

Honors and Awards Committee



VP of Research and

Academic Affairs

Scholarships Update

CAPCSD’s commitment to build a pipeline of professionals in speech pathology and audiology is reflected in its scholarship program. Over the years, CAPCSD has provided over $1 million dollars in scholarships to deserving students in our field. Emerging leaders have received recognition and support to complete their doctoral degrees, pursue research, and for their service to the profession. 
One of our professional challenges is the recognized shortage of individuals with doctoral degrees who can serve as educators and mentors to train future professionals. Students receiving research scholarships contribute to the growth of evidence-based practice in our discipline, and those who received recognition for service have emerged as volunteer leaders across many professional organizations. 
The CAPCSD scholarship committee, a group of higher education leaders, coordinates a comprehensive review of all applicants who apply for a Ph.D. scholarship, Plural Publishing Research Scholarship, and Frances J. Laven Service Award.  As our efforts to promote and support the growth of our future professionals continue, we encourage you to share information about these scholarship opportunities with your students. 

Shubha Kashinath

VP of Research and
Academic Affairs



Meet Megan Woods

Director of Centralized Admissions

Megan is the Director of Centralized Admissions and responsible for managing CSDCAS. She has been with CAPCSD for nearly 5 years. Megan has a master’s degree in Educational Technology and is enthusiastic about process improvement, community building, and the future of CSD education. She recently relocated from Portland, OR to a farm outside of Durham, NC. Outside of work, her interests include hiking, vegetables, collecting cookbooks, and her dogs.


CSDCAS Highlight

One of the biggest benefits of a system like CSDCAS is being able to see major trends in admissions in our field. Nearly 80% of all SLP and AuD programs are using CSDCAS now and in this cycle we can see that programs requiring the GRE continue to decline drastically.


Upcoming Events

IPE/IPP Information Exchange Session 2, IPE Curriculum in Action: Interprofessional Collaboration and Team Skills (iCATS) - Thursday, November 10th, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET

Fall Reception and Business Meeting - Wednesday, November 16th, 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Medicare and Medicaid Knowledge Series Part Two: From Procedure Creation to Payment in Your Pocket - Thursday, December 1st, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET