Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, Associate Dean of Faculty Excellence and Graduate and Global Affairs, was recently elected Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her three-year term will commence January 2021.
Throughout her career, Rosa-Lugo has held teaching and administrative roles in schools and medical settings. Her passion is helping children who are deaf or hard of hearing improve their quality of life.
She is also committed to interprofessional practice and education, and has received collaborative U.S. Department of Education grants in several areas to foster the development of SLPs to serve English language learners with communication disorders, and listening and spoken language intervention for children and adolescents with hearing loss who come from linguistically diverse homes, and school-age children with disabilities who have high-intensity needs.
While at UCF, Rosa-Lugo founded the UCF Listening Center and has worked with Orange, Osceola and Seminole county schools to improve access to listening and spoken language services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Rosa-Lugo hopes to ensure that all speech-language pathologists across all practice settings can measure outcomes and articulate the value of their services so that the profession can continue to grow.
“The well-being of our profession depends not only on the quality of our services for children, adolescents and adults, but on the regard of others for the services we provide,” Rosa-Lugo said. “I am grateful to be given this opportunity to share with others our profession and the way we are changing lives every day.”