CSD Chair and Alumna Receive Two of ASHA's Highest Honors

Posted on: July 16, 2013

csd-chairRahul Shrivastav, Communicative Sciences and Disorders chair and professor, and CAS alumna Li-Rong Lilly Cheng have been awarded two of the highest honors bestowed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Shrivastav is being honored with the Fellowship of the Association, while Cheng received the Honors of the Association. Both awards recognize outstanding and distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders, with the Honors of the Association being the highest honor the ASHA bestows.

Shrivastav joined Michigan State University in 2012 as professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. His research has been funded by various national, state and private agencies including the National Institutes of Health, VA RR&D, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and Audigence, Inc. He serves on a number of professional organizations, both national and international, in various expert, administrative and executive roles. He also has been actively engaged in departmental, college and university administration and service.

Shrivastav's laboratory studies how people draw various kinds of information from speech, with a particular emphasis on speech-language disorders. This information is then used to design better healthcare and other applications such as for patient assessment, rehabilitation and measurement of treatment outcomes, improving performance of hearing aids, cochlear implants and mobile phones, or diagnostic and screening tools for a variety of diseases.

Shrivastav completed his undergraduate and graduate training in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Mysore, India, and his doctoral training in Speech and Hearing Sciences, with a minor in Cognitive Sciences, at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

Cheng is a professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and director of Chinese Studies Institute at San Diego State University. She is the past chair of the Multicultural Issues Board for the ASHA and the chair of Education Committee for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).

Cheng has received numerous awards and keynote speaking honors for her expertise in disorders of language in multilingual populations. She was honored as an outstanding alumnus of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University in 2000. She also is the recipient of the 1997 ASHA Award for special contributions to Multicultural Affairs and the recipient of the 2002 Diversity Award from the California Speech & Hearing Association. In 2009, she was inducted into the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame.

The ASHA has presented awards for the last 70 years to recognize the contributions of individuals and groups to the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech and hearing science.

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