2021 Honors of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences

The Honors of the ANCDS is the highest award bestowed by the academy. It is awarded to those who have displayed excellence in clinical assessment and treatment, research, mentorship, teaching, and service to the community and to the ANCDS. This year, the ANCDS is honoring an individual who, for 44 years, has made significant contributions to individuals who have neurologic communication disorders.

The following are just a few of the highlights of this individual’s contribution:

  • Has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly and professional publications which include an international textbook;
  • Has provided nearly 200 scholarly presentations to not only audiences in speech-language pathology, but also to interdisciplinary colleagues across medical fields and in several countries;
  • Is a Fellow of ASHA;
  • Has been recognized as an outstanding instructor, having received the University Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching;
  • Is a founding member of the ANCDS for 33 years, and has served on many committees that have worked to make the Academy what it is today, including that of President;
  • Has provided ‘unselfish’ service to the profession, including Editor and Associate of Editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and to Clinical Aphasiology Conference as Program and Conference chair.
  • Was recognized with a Fulbright Award by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the US Department of State, where he was on faculty at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

The nomination letters remind us that the honoree has consistently used cognitive and linguistic ‘theoretical constructs to guide clinical practice”. The impact of the nominee’s work has had profound on the lives of individuals with neurologic communication disorders, including the Language-Specific Attention Treatment for Adults with Aphasia. However, the overall breadth of all of his contributions is extraordinary. “Taken as a whole, the honoree’s achievements are a testament to career-long commitments that embody the mission of ANCDS to support practitioners through education, training, and certification opportunities to promote high-quality professional service, and to improve the lives of people affected by neurologic disorders.” “He has devoted his life to advancing the field of speech-language pathology both in the U.S. and abroad.”

Please join the Honors Committee in presenting the Honors of the ANCDS to our distinguished colleague who is most deserving of this recognition, Dr. Richard Peach. 

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