About The Book

Consuming and Producing Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders is an exciting new textbook designed for undergraduate research methods in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) programs. It is also appropriate for first-year graduate students taking research methods courses in speech-language pathology and audiology. The text guides students in attaining the competencies required to consume, produce, and disseminate research; and students will have the knowledge and skills that are necessary and sufficient to conduct research as is consistent with the duties of an academic professor. The text reviews what obligations an individual, professor or not, has before being permitted to do research. The emphasis is on clinically-oriented professionals who can perform the research associated with professors.

Part I on Consuming Research in CSD includes academic-clinical integration of research, as well as information required for consumption of research such as research ethics, the scientific method, types of research, and how to critique a journal article and a diagnostic test. Part II on Producing Research in CSD helps guide the undergraduate student in producing a capstone project or senior thesis and the master’s student in producing a graduate thesis or research project. Part II also addresses mentoring, the Institutional Review Board, and conducting academic and clinical research. Part III addresses Disseminating Research in CSD, from the traditional (presenting and publishing academic and clinical research) to the non-traditional (marketing, social media, and new technologies).

Key Features

  • Each chapter begins with an Introduction and Learning Objectives to set the scene and prepare the student for what is covered.
  • Advanced Study Questions end each chapter and allow the student to review their skills.
  • Boxes throughout the text highlight key points and explore topics in more depth.
  • PluralPlus companion website includes PowerPoint lecture slides, a sample syllabus, and quizzes for instructors and supplementary resources for students.

About The Author

Robert Goldfarb, PhD, FASHA, is Professor (with the Professor Recognition Award) of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University and Emeritus Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he was also Executive Officer. He was a Fulbright Specialist in Applied Linguistics/TEFL in Bogotá, Colombia in 2013. He has published in the areas of adult aphasia, the language of dementia, and the language of schizophrenia, and is also co-author of two tests: The Stocker Probe for Fluency and Language (1995) and Time-Altered Word Association Tests (TAWAT, 2013). He edited and contributed chapters to two books and co-authored six others. He is the recipient of major awards and highest honors from New York City and New York State professional associations.

Table Of Contents




Part I. Consuming Research in CSD

Chapter 1. Developing Power of Professor: The Nature of Research in CSD


Why Professors and Clinicians Do Research

Research and Development (R & D) versus Objective Research

Clinical Research: A Case Study


Power of Professor


Chapter 2. Academic-Clinical Integration of Research


Types of Research Evidence

Best Practices and Evidence-Based Practice

A Model of Therapy

Some Clinical Research Concerns

Advanced Study


Chapter 3. Ethics of Research

Introduction: Principles of Research

The Rules of Ethics

Unintended Consequences of Research

NIH/CITI Online Training Course

The Belmont Report

Ethical Blindness and Society’s Responses

The Tudor Study

AAA and ASHA Codes of Ethics

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)


Advanced Study


Chapter 4. The Scientific Method


The Scientific Method

The Rules of Science

The Scientific Method Versus Common Sense or Conventional Wisdom

The Scientific Method and Pseudoscience


Advanced Study


Chapter 5. Types of Research


Experimental, Quasiexperimental, and Nonexperimental Designs

Single-Subject and Case Studies

Proof-of-Concept and Pilot Studies; Phase O, I, II, III, and IV Trials

Group Designs

Retrospective Research

Survey Research

Longitudinal Studies (Developmental Research)

Translational Research

Advanced Study


Chapter 6. Really Basic Statistics


Some Statistical Concepts

Descriptive Statistics: Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion

All You Need Are Sums of Squares

Presenting the Data: Frequency Distributions, Histograms, Line Graphs

Recipe for Repeated Measure Analysis on SPSS

Definitions of Terms

Statistics of the Future: Bayesian Inference

Advanced Study


Chapter 7. Journal Article Critique


Structure of a Journal Article

Threats to Internal and External Validity of Experiments

Peer Review

Advanced Study


Chapter 8. Diagnostic Test Critique


Levels of Evidence in Diagnostic Tests

Problems in Diagnosis: Dumping It in the Chocolate

The Diagnostic Test Manual

Reliability and Validity of Tests and Measurements

Choosing Which Test to Give

Advanced Study


Part II. Producing Research in CSD

Chapter 9. Mentoring


What Is the Mentor-Protégé or Mentor-Mentee (Hereafter Called Mentor-Student) Relationship?

Does Mentoring Work?

Do Being Older, Having More Experience, and Having Greater Professional Authority Qualify an Individual To Be a Mentor?

What Are the Ethical Concerns of a Relationship with a Large Power Differential?

What Kinds of Mentoring Can You Expect?

What Is the ASHA S.T.E.P. Mentor Model?

How Does Gender Affect the Mentor-Mentee Relationship?

Are e-Supervision and e-Mentoring the Wave of the Future?

Advanced Study


Chapter 10. Institutional Review Board (IRB) Research Approval



History of the IRB

Completing an IRB Review Form

An Example from CSD

Advanced Study


Chapter 11. Conducting Clinical Research


Developing a Clinical Hypothesis

Setting Goals

Data Collection

Experimental Design: Case Report or Single-Subject Multiple Baseline

Disseminating Results

Advanced Study


Chapter 12. Conducting Academic Research


Selecting a Research Topic and Finding a Mentor

Capstone Projects

The Master’s Thesis

Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Research Requirements

PhD in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Research Requirements

Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP-D) Research Requirements

Doctor of Clinical Science (ClinScD/CsCD) Research Requirements

Funding Sources

Advanced Study


Part III. Disseminating Research in CSD

Chapter 13. Dissemination by Publication


The Article in a Peer-Reviewed Journal

Books and Portions of Books

Advanced Study


Chapter 14. Oral Presentation of Research


Conference Presentations

Practice-Based Networks

Educational Technology

Securing Funding for Travel and Expenses

Advanced Study


Chapter 15. Nontraditional Dissemination of Research


Challenges to Dissemination

Support Groups for Communication Disorders

Advocating for the Professions

In the News


Advanced Study




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