National Association Honors Stonestreet

August 9, 2010

National Association Honors Stonestreet


VALDOSTA -- The Association for the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA) awarded its highest honor to Dr. Ruth Stonestreet at the organization’s annual convention. A Communication Sciences and Disorders professor since 1993, Stonestreet has pioneered research and clinical service in the areas of children with rare syndromes as well as those with communication impairments and service delivery models.

“My peers were responsible for the nomination and selection by committee with a vote to approve by Executive Council of the association. To have peers honor my work is extremely rewarding,” said Stonestreet, who has served as president and past president for the organization.

To be eligible for the Honors distinction, a nominee must be an active participant in the profession and GSHA for no less than five years. Stonestreet, who previously served as a speech-language pathologist, was chosen for her outstanding contributions to research and publications, clinical service, academic endeavors, and dedication to professional speech, language and hearing organizations.

Stonestreet, who has been a member of GHSA for 14 years, is no stranger to professional accolades. In 2009, she received one of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s highest awards -- a fellowship given to 33 of the more than 135,000 association members. Her 235 state/regional presentations and 82 national presentations have showcased her academic endeavors and scientific contributions to the profession, particularly in the evaluation and intervention of children age 0-5 with communication, oro-facial and syndrome disorders.

“My greatest rewards are teaching and supervising graduate students in the field of communication sciences and disorders -- providing them with examples of real-life, practical experiences as they relate to theories, evaluation, assessment, and intervention in order for concepts to become meaningful,” Stonestreet said. “I enjoy assisting graduate students in research projects and teaching students through academia and clinical applications the types of clients/students/patients who will benefit from their work as a professional.”