National Academies of Practice Inducts Audiologists

The National Academies of Practice (NAP) is pleased to announce the election of Samuel Atcherson, PhD, Kristin Davis, AuD, Sumitrajit Dhar, PhD, David Fabry, PhD, Patricia Gaffney, AuD, Andrea Gohmert, AuD, Amit Gosalia, AuD, Judy Huch, AuD, Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD/PhD, Maryrose McInerney, PhD, Bre Myers, AuD/PhD, Jennifer Shinn, PhD, Donna Smiley, PhD and Sarah Sydlowski, AuD/PhD/MBA as Distinguished Fellows.  Class of 2022 Fellows were welcomed into the National Academies of Practice during the awards and induction ceremony in San Diego, California on March 5, 2022.

Judy Huch, AuD, and the NAP Logo

Judy Huch, AuD, and the NAP Logo

Founded in 1981, NAP is an interprofessional, nonprofit organization, with membership representing a range of health care professions willing to serve as distinguished advisors to health care policy makers in Congress and elsewhere. The mission of the National Academies of Practice is to serve as distinguished professionals advancing interprofessional healthcare by fostering collaboration and advocating policies in the best interest of individuals and communities.

The academies within the National Academies of Practice include:  Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine, Athletic Training, Audiology, Dentistry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology and Veterinary Medicine. 

Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice is an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering interprofessional practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care. The central purpose of NAP is to advise public policy makers on health care issues using NAP's unique perspective -- that of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interprofessional dialogue and advocacy.

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