Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is pleased to announce the selection of Mary Sandage, PhD, CCC-SLP, as a new editor-in-chief for the publication. Dr. Sandage will begin her term as editor-in-chief on January 1, 2021, replacing Angela Ciccia, PhD, CCC-SLP, an inaugural editor-in-chief for Perspectives, whose term concludes in 2020. As one of four editors-in-chief for Perspectives, Dr. Sandage will serve as editor-in-chief for SIG 2, Neurogenic Communication Disorders; SIG 3, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders; SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia); SIG 15, Gerontology; and SIG 19, Speech Science.

Dr. Sandage is an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Auburn University. Her research focuses on hormonal influences on voice assessment measures and vocal function; muscle bioenergetics and fatigue resistance aspects of voice function; and environmental influences on voice function.

Dr. Sandage’s Background

Dr. Sandage received a master of science in speech-language pathology from the University of Iowa (1992) and a PhD in exercise science from Auburn University (2012).

Dr. Sandage is widely recognized for her clinical expertise in the areas of voice and upper airway disorders, singing voice rehabilitation, and the assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders secondary to craniofacial disorders. Dr. Sandage has served as editor for SIG 3, Voice and Upper Airway Disorders, since 2018, serving on the Editorial Review Committee (now the Editorial Board) from 2015 to 2018.

Dr. Sandage can be reached via email at She welcomes your input and suggestions on how Perspectives can best serve the implementation science community as well as the communication sciences and disorders community at large.