Judy K. Montgomery, Professor and Director of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University, Orange has been awarded the Honors of the Association Award, the most prestigious, Lifetime Achievement Award, by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the 150,000 member national professional association for speech language pathologists and audiologists. She was recognized at the annual ASHA Convention on November 18, 2010 in Philadelphia for establishing services of the highest quality for children with communication disorders in school settings in California, as well for her outstanding international contributions in research, teaching, professional publications and humanitarian endeavors.
Dr. Montgomery (BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; MA, California State University Long Beach; PhD, Claremont Graduate University) has made numerous contributions to speech-language pathology as an administrator, teacher, researcher, volunteer leader, and journal editor. “Judy Montgomery’s heart is always with the clinician”, notes Barbara Moore, Director of Special Youth Services for the Anaheim Union High School District. “Her work represents the respect she has for them, as well as her desire to advance their work. She has enhanced the lives of consumers and professionals, and has touched us as a friend and colleague.”
Concern about the shortage of SLPs led Montgomery to a rare accomplishment—opening the first new graduate-level Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program in California in 26 years at Chapman University in 2009. John Bernthal, chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, attributed the success of the program at Chapman University to Montgomery’s leadership. “She attempts and succeeds at what may seem daunting tasks for others and gets the job done in an exemplary manner.”
Montgomery has served as a volunteer leader for more than 20 organizations, including a term as 1995 ASHA president. A sought-after speaker, she has presented more than 150 workshops worldwide, speaking from experience as a school clinician and administrator as well as an investigator.
Humanitarian service for the International Special Olympics Healthy Hearing Program is another hallmark. “Due to her extraordinary organizational talents, this program has become the largest global hearing screening/testing program for persons with intellectual disabilities,” said Gilbert Herer, Director Emeritus, Children’s Hearing & Speech Center at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
On behalf of the entire Chapman University and College of Educational Studies academic communities, we congratulate Dr. Judy K. Montgomery with our deepest respect for this distinguished recognition.