What is it about?

This article explores how racism, privilege, power, and positionality negatively impacts communication sciences and disorders research. A complete restructuring of the research process is needed to make the necessary changes. This restructuring calls for changes in the ways that research questions and hypotheses are formed, methods are selected, data are analyzed/interpreted, and those individuals involved in the research process.

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Why is it important?

Evidence suggests solutions will not emerge from a minor revision or adjustment of current research approaches.


An overhaul of current research approaches will offer a solution-oriented roadmap for scientific investigation that facilitates greater equity in the research enterprise. Increased equity in the research process will translate into improved clinical outcomes for all clients.

Molly Jacobs
University of Florida

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This page is a summary of: The Impact of Racism, Power, Privilege, and Positionality on Communication Sciences and Disorders Research: Time to Reconceptualize and Seek a Pathway to Equity, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 2021, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2021_ajslp-20-00346.
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