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Student Organizations


The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the nationalorganization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of humancommunication and relateddisabilities.

NSSLHA is the only official national student association recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

NSSLHA membership is available to full or part-time undergraduate and graduate students and full-time doctoral students. Involvement in NSSLHA leads to a fuller appreciation of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology and a greater awareness of the issues affecting these fields.

Here are only some of the benefits of the annual $60 NSSLHA membership:

  • New members get up to 5 months free - if you join after August 1st in a given year, your annual fee gives you membership through the following year.
  • Benefits of membership:
    • Full-text online access to all four ASHA journals & The Asha Leader
    • Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders (2 issues/yr.)
    • NSSLHA Now (newsletter 3 issues/yr.)
    • Access to members-only areas of the & websites
    • Networking, recognition, and leadership opportunities
    • Scholarship opportunities!
    • Discounts on NSSLHA publications and products
    • SAVINGS ON ASHA MEMBERSHIP (2 consecutive years of membership = $225 of savings)
    • Discounts on ASHA convention registration (-$180)
    • Textbook discounts from Thomson/Delmar Learning
    • Discounts on Special Interest Group memberships ($10/yr.)

For more information about NSSLHA, visit their web site.


URISSLHA stands for University of Rhode Island Student Speech Language Hearing Association and is the name of our local chapter of the NSSLHA, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

Becoming a member of URISSHLA will enable you to meet other students interested in the field of communicative disorders. It will also give you the opportunity to more easily talk with professors in the department in less formal settings and get their advice about courses to take and graduate school options. In the past the URISSHLA chapter has organized study groups, meetings that address areas of the field and allows students to learn about the process of applying to graduate school.

Here are only some of the benefits of membership of the annual $5 URISSLHA fee:

  • Local networking opportunities for CMD students
  • Participation in URISSLHA meetings:
    • Graduate school applications: Dos and Don'ts
    • Meet local professionals who discuss working as an SLP or an AuD in hospitals, schools, private practice, and other settings
    • Meet with visiting scholars each semester
    • Attending the ASHA convention or RISHA conference: How to get the most from this experience
  • Participate in NSSLHA activities
    • Community action (e.g., MS walk, walk for persons with Parkinson's Disease)
    • Raising awareness of the SLP and AUD professions on campus
    • Fundraising for the annual NSSLHA NSSLHA Loves initiative

For more information about URISSLHA, check for notifications of meetings on this web site's "third column" or contact Shannon Witter, current URISSLHA president at:





The local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, URISSLHA, will hold a meeting on Monday, October 27th at 7:15 in the Galanti Lounge of the main library (3rd floor). All students with interests in a career in speech-language pathology or audiology are encouraged to attend.


Amber D. Franklin, Assistant Professor at Miami University (Ohio), will be giving a talk titled, "Pronunciation Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners: What do we measure and how do we measure it?" on Thursday, October 23rd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in CBLS 100. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Attendance is mandatory for graduate students in CMD.


Welcome to new and returning students


2014 NSSLHA meeting announced


Congratulations are in order


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers