Bowling Green, KY – Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate student, Cara Richman, was selected as a winner of an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) 2018 Student Ethics Essay Award. Her essay entitled, “On Defrost, Disclosure, and Professional Drive” explored the tension that can sometimes occur between career advancement and ethical obligations in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. It framed this issue by discussing a hypothetical dilemma a clinician/researcher may encounter if offered employment with a neuromuscular electrical stimulation device manufacturer while he/she is also investigating the efficacy of that very device in a forthcoming single-subject research study. The ASHA Code of Ethics and other resources were used to analyze the issues of misrepresentation by omission, conflict of interest, and financial disclosure, and the consequences for clinicians, patients, and the integrity of the scientific record at large.
She will receive $500 along with a one-year National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association membership. She will also be featured in an upcoming issue of a national publication, The ASHA Leader.
Richman completed a master’s degree in rhetoric, writing, and linguistics at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2013. She will graduate from Western Kentucky University with her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in August 2018. She currently resides in Chattanooga, TN, where she recently accepted a clinical fellowship position in the sub-acute and skilled nursing setting.
Learn more about WKU Communication Sciences and Disorders program by visiting their website: http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders/