Sumitrajit (Sumit) Dhar has been selected as the new chair of the ASHA Journals Board. Dhar, who has served on the board since 2017 as the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Audiology (AJA), will lead the board for the next 3 years. This important governing body is responsible for strategic planning, guidance, oversight, and development of new initiatives, including tasks such as approving new editors and monitoring existing editors and editorial board members (EBMs). Mabel Rice has served as chair of the ASHA Journals Board (formerly the ASHA Publications Board) since 2015.

Rice, an international authority on language disorders in children, was an ideal choice for the inaugural Journals Board Chair. Before leading the publication board, Rice also served as a member from 2012 to 2014. Rice previously served as editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR) from 1998 to 2000, assuming a role on the ASHA Publications Board. We’d like to thank Dr. Rice for her outstanding 8 years of service on the ASHA Publications Board and the ASHA Journals Board!

Dhar has served on the Journals Board for the last 3 years as the inaugural editor-in-chief for the American Journal of Audiology. He also served as editor for Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics (now part of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups) from 2013 to 2015. He also served as an associate editor at AJA before his role as editor-in-chief. Dhar is a professor and associate dean for research at Northwestern University. His laboratory research focuses on improving the affordability and accessibility of hearing health care. The goal of this work is to identify the most common barriers to these important services and devise tools and methods to remove these barriers.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Dhar as the new head of the ASHA Journals Board!