CULLOWHEE – David A. Shapiro, professor of communication disorders at Western Carolina University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a professional organization of more than 110,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists.
Being named a Fellow of ASHA is among the national organization’s highest forms of recognition of an individual’s accomplishments and is a public declaration of outstanding professional achievement, said Tommie L. Robinson Jr., chair of the ASHA honors committee.
“ASHA has thousands of members who fulfill their responsibilities competently and well, but only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves to warrant recognition by election to Fellow in ASHA,” Robinson said. “Dr. Shapiro is such a person, having displayed great dedication and commitment to the disclipine of human communication sciences and disorders.”
Shapiro, a member of Western’s faculty since 1984, is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s top speech-language pathology professionals who treat people who stutter. He overcame his own stuttering disorder to become an articulate voice for people who stutter, and he stresses a method of treatment that actively involves family and friends of those being treated.
Shapiro is author of the 1999 book “Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom,” which dispels common myths about stuttering and presents his assessment and treatment methods. Recipient of a University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excllence in Teaching in 1999, he is currently conducting a multinational, cross-cultural study of how professionals in different countries use different methods for treatment of a universal disorder – stuttering.