Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (Perspectives) is transitioning into a peer-reviewed scholarly review journal on January 1, 2019. As part of that transition, the ASHA Journals are pleased to announce the four inaugural editors-in-chief, who will help guide content during Perspectives early issues as a journal:

Brenda Beverly, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of South Alabama. Her research on language development and disorders has addressed applied populations (e.g., specific language impairment, reading disability, autism) and has incorporated diverse methodologies (i.e., group designs, meta-analysis, and qualitative analysis) within interprofessional collaborations. Dr. Beverly has served as editor for SIG 1 of Perspectives since 2014, after 1 year as an associate editor for the publication previously known as Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, and she has served as a reviewer for the ASHA Journals since 2003. Dr. Beverly can be reached at

Angela Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on factors that have an impact on children’s ability to recover/develop in the presence of a diagnosis of an acquired and/or developmental neurogenic communication disorder. Dr. Ciccia served as an associate editor for SIG 2 of Perspectives (then known as Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders) in 2013 and 2014 and has served as editor of that publication since 2015. She has served as a reviewer for the ASHA Journals since 2012 and is an editorial board member for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Ciccia can be reached at

Barbara Cone, PhD, CCC-A, is a professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. Her courses focus on electrophysiology and cochlear implants and other implantable devices. Dr. Cone’s work as an author was featured in the inaugural issue of Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics (now part of Perspectives) in 1997. Dr. Cone served on the SIG 6 Steering Committee (now Coordinating Committee) from 2006­ to 2011 and also served on the ASHA Board of Directors in 2016. Dr. Cone can be reached at

Patrick Finn, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on applying critical thinking skills to evidence-based practice, developing tools for assessing students’ and professionals’ critical thinking skills, and exploring methods for helping faculty develop their knowledge and skills for helping students to think critically. He has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and has served as an editor for Perspectives since 2016. Dr. Finn can be reached at
Each editor-in-chief will lead and support a team of editors and editorial board members (EBMs) for a 3-year term of service. For more information on the new editorial board model, see the ASHA Journals Academy.

The incoming editors-in-chief welcome your input and suggestions on how Perspectives can best serve the communication sciences and disorders community. We hope you join us in welcoming Perspectives’ inaugural editors-in-chief!