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Course Description & Learning Outcomes

You’re a rockstar SLP. You read the research. You eat, drink, sleep EBP- but something still feels like it’s missing... Reading the literature makes your brain hurt. You feel like you just can’t make this research-based practice stuff work. It’s like you’re jumping into the research-to-practice gap without a parachute. Enter implementation science-the game changer, your parachute. Ok, you’re probably like “Implementation what now? Never heard of it!” I’m with you. SIt tight, it will all make sense soon... In this episode, Dr. Cathy Bringer and Dr. Natalie Douglas uncover the what and why of implementation science and how it stands to change the EBP face of your day-to-day SLP life. There’s ah-ha moments, pats on the back, validation, and more as this down-to earth research duo acknowledge the short-comings of the traditional research model and promise a brighter research-to-practice future- tearing down hierarchies, building up clinicians, and using implementation science to study clinical practices that will actually work in the “real world”.

Learn more about Cathy and Natalie here.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe a brief history of implementation science and its recent intersection with SLP 

  2. Distinguish between the traditional research pipeline and alternative research designs focused on implementation 

  3. List barriers and facilitators to SLPs engaging in clinical research

Course Accommodations

The transcript and video with subtitles for this course are provided below. You can also email us at

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YouTube video with subtitles.

Course Presenters

Natalie Douglas Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Natalie Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Lead Collaborator at Practical Implementation Collaborative and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University. Her work aims to advance best, person-centered practices in communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, aphasia, and other acquired communication disorders in adults. She additionally aims to empower local healthcare and educational teams to support best practices, quality improvement initiatives, and person-centered care through applying principles of implementation science.

Cathy Binger, Ph. D., CCC-SLP

Cathy Binger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor at the University of New Mexico who specializes in AAC. She has been an SLP for over 25 years and has expertise in building functional communication skills with individuals who use AAC. Dr. Binger is an active researcher who develops and evaluates intervention programs designed to enhance the language skills of children who use AAC. She has published numerous research articles, book chapters, and books relating to AAC.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Dr. Natalie Douglas financial disclosures: Dr. Douglas receives a salary from Central Michigan University and The Informed SLP; She also receives book royalties from Plural Publishing and has research funding from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.  Dr. Douglas has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Cathy Binger financial disclosures:   Dr. Binger is employed by the University of New Mexico. Dr. Binger non-financial disclosures: Dr. Binger is a member of ASHA and special interest group (SIG) 12. 

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast. Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Descriptions of implementation science and its recent intersection with SLP

15 minutes:  Descriptions of the traditional research pipeline and alternative research designs focused on implementation   

10 minutes:  Descriptions of barriers and facilitators to SLPs engaging in clinical research 

5 minutes: Summary and Closing


The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! We'd love to hear from you!

Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

Audio File Editing provided by Caitlin Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor

Promotional Content provided by Ashley Sturgis, MA, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

In lieu of a handout....

We direct you to the research / monograph recommended by Dr. Douglas. Click below to find it on ResearchGate


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