The Tavistock, Holland, Innovator
and Glista Awards

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Awards

Congratulations to the 2024 award recipients:

  • Dr. Suma Devanga, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
  • Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Boston University Sargent College
  • Dr. Elizabeth Madden, Florida State University
  • Dr. Jessica Obermeyer, University of North Carolina

The TavistockTrust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Awards were conceived to address research capacity related to quality of life issues in aphasia.  The award is given in recognition of scholarly excellence in all, or some, of the following areas:

  • Research and Publications dedicated to improving life with aphasia, and/or
  • Mentoring of research students to conduct research associated with quality of life, life participation, conversation or similar topics related to life with aphasia, and/or
  • Working to improve external grant funding that addresses the needs of people living with aphasia.

Who is eligible:

Early career aphasia researchers in the USA and Canada are eligible.  Early career is defined as approximately 8-10 years post Ph.D. (excluding any period of career break such as family care or health leave).

The aim of these awards is to foster and encourage pioneering research that aims to make a difference in the everyday lives of people living with aphasia, their families, and caregivers.

Aphasia Access will collaborate with the TTA by facilitating the process by which recipients are selected.  Aphasia Access is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the belief that people with aphasia should have access to services that not only improve language, but also help them participate in conversations, life’s interactions and activities, and foster communicatively accessible environments.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar award will include a (one-time) US $1,000 monetary prize, a certificate, and a Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar badge. and the title of Distinguished Scholar.

Important Dates:

  • Stay tuned for the 2025 timeline!

For additional information please go to the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Website

Prior Recipients:

2023: Lauren Bislick (U. of Central Florida), Michelle Gravier (Cal State U., East Bay), Teresa Gray (San Francisco State University), Kelly Knollman-Porter (Miami University)

Shameer Ashaie (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab), Marie-Christine Halle (University of Quebec), Jaime Lee (James Madison University), Chaleece Sandberg (Pennsylvania State University)

2021: Natalie Douglas (Central Michigan University), Tyson Harmon (Brigham Young University), Marion Leaman (University of Kansas Medical Center), Brielle Stark (Indiana University, Bloomington)

2020: Brent Archer (Bowling Green State University), Will Evans (University of Pittsburgh), Jennifer Mozeiko (University of Connecticut), Jessica Richardson (University of New Mexico)

2019: Sharon Antonucci (MossRehab Aphasia Center), Jamie Azios (University of Louisiana, Lafayette), Katie Strong (Central Michigan University), Sarah Wallace (University of Pittsburgh)

Audrey Holland Award

The Audrey Holland Award of Aphasia Access recognizes an Aphasia Access member in good standing (or their organization) for their distinguished contribution to the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA).

Audrey Holland has throughout her illustrious career – as a professor, mentor, researcher, clinician – saw the impact the LPAA had on the overall health and long-term rehabilitation of people with aphasia and their families. Audrey was instrumental in developing Aphasia Access as an organization. As a founding member of Aphasia Access in 2014, she understood the importance of establishing an organization of committed LPAA professionals to share resources, provide training and education to those in the healthcare field, and advocate for this method of treatment to other speech-language pathologists and allied healthcare professionals.

The award is presented for exemplary contributions made in a single area or multiple areas of achievement within the LPAA. This individual may be a speech-language pathologist or other professional who  works with individuals with aphasia and their families. This award recognizes demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in areas including:

  • Clinical service
  • Counseling and supportive programming
  • Service design and development
  • Education and training
  • Research
  • Advocacy, collaboration and outreach
  • Leadership and mentoring

2023: Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford and The Hon. Nicole Campbell, Hon.FRCSLT for their work with the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia
2021: Dr. Jackie Hinckley (Nova Southeastern University) and Dr. Barbara Shadden (University of Arkansas)
2019: Dr. Roberta Elman
 (Aphasia Center of California)
2017: Dr. Aura Kagan and Dr. Nina Simmons-Mackie (Aphasia Institute and Southeastern Louisiana University)
2015 Dr. Audrey Holland for whom the award is named (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ)

Winner(s) are announced at the Aphasia Access Leadership Summit held in March in odd numbered years.

Innovator Award

The Aphasia Access Innovator Award recognizes an Aphasia Access member in good standing whose exceptionally creative ideas have significantly impacted the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) framework of service delivery.

The Innovator Award was developed as a means to recognize the incredible work of service providers who have considered LPAA development from a novel perspective and have addressed challenges in an inclusive, equitable, and creative manner. Their propensity to question existing assumptions and beliefs have allowed new programs to be created that exemplify the treatment framework and take into consideration the supporting evidence and outcomes. Further, the individual should be known to address the diverse needs of individuals with aphasia, their families and the community with a practical, task-oriented mindset considering alternative funding streams, resource allocation and pragmatic solutions to program challenges.

The award may be presented to an individual whose contributions have been made in a single area or multiple areas of achievement within the LPAA. This individual may be a speech-language pathologist or other professional that works within the field. Accomplishments in the following areas are considered for this award:

  • Clinical service
  • Counseling and supportive programming
  • Education and training
  • Program development
  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Leadership and mentoring



2023: Mary Beth Clark (Mayo Health System) and Carol Dow Richards (Aphasia Recovery Connection)
2021: Jodi Morgan
(Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center)
2019: Ellen Bernstein-Ellis
 (California State University at East Bay) and Jerome Kaplan (Boston University)
2017: Maura Silverman (Triangle Aphasia Project, Cary, NC)

Winner(s) are announced at the Aphasia Access Leadership Summit held in March in odd numbered years.

The Sandra O. Glista Excellence in Mentoring Award

 Tom Sather (U. of Wisconsin Eau Claire) and Sarah Wallace (U. of Pittsburgh) share the
background for, and the details of, this new award.

The Sandra O. Glista Excellence in Mentoring Award, established in 2023, recognizes an exceptional mentor who has demonstrated unwavering commitment, unparalleled guidance, and profound impact on the professional and personal development of others working in the aphasia community.  Named after the renowned mentor Sandra O. Glista who dedicated her career to improving the lives of individuals with aphasia and their family, through her service and through her mentorship.  This award celebrates her legacy by acknowledging mentors who exhibit similar qualities of leadership, support, unwavering dedication, commitment to excellence, and inspiration.

Sandra Glista was foundational in the establishment of Aphasia Access, and throughout her decades of service has impacted the lives of countless individuals impacted by aphasia. A co-founder of the Aphasia Communication Enhancement (ACE) program at Western Michigan, Sandy led by example in her clinical service, research, policy development, and her mentorship. She is an exemplary example of a colleague dedicated to nurturing talents, fostering growth, and establishing lasting relationships. Throughout her career, she emphasized the importance of mentorship as a catalyst for personal and professional advancement. Her peers describe her as incredibly dedicated to supporting others, encouraging, kind, brutally honest but full of compassion and wisdom. The impact of her leadership, service, and her exceptional mentorship is infused throughout the Aphasia Access community and beyond. The award named in her honor is a testament to her enduring legacy and a reminder of the transformative power of mentorship.

Sandy describes an effective mentor as someone who puts others first. Someone who listens intently and actively and reflects the others’ ambitions, wishes, and hopes for their life satisfaction and fulfillment. Someone who can ask questions and collaborate to form a path or map steps to a goal. Someone who genuinely and authentically appreciates the talents and the full humanness of the other. 


The Sandra O. Glista Excellence in Mentoring award is bestowed upon a mentor who exemplifies any of these characteristics that are so present in her own mentoring activities.

Commitment: A demonstrated and sustained dedication to guiding and supporting mentees on their journey of growth and development, especially relating to aspects of aphasia services, supports, and programming.

Impact: Evident positive impact on mentees’ lives, careers, and aspirations, leading to meaningful and lasting change.

Empowerment: The ability to empower mentees by fostering confidence, instilling skills, and encouraging independent thinking.

Innovation: Employing innovative mentoring approaches that adapt to the evolving needs of mentees and the changing landscape of their fields.

Collaboration: Encouraging collaboration, open communication, and a nurturing environment that promotes mutual learning and growth.

Leadership: Inspiring through leadership by setting an example of ethical behavior, dedication, and lifelong learning.

Nomination Process:

Nominations for the Sandra O. Glista Excellence in Mentoring award are accepted annually. Peers, mentees, colleagues, and supervisors are invited to submit nominations detailing the exceptional mentorship qualities of the nominee. Self-nominations are encouraged as well. A selection committee comprised of Aphasia Access board members, and past recipients upon completion of the inaugural year, will evaluate the nominations and select the recipient. More than one award will be considered annually. Nominations are due October 1st, with presentation of the award at the Aphasia Access breakfast.

Nomination submissions must include:

  1. Nominee full name, title, credentials, and contact information.
  2. (disregard if self-nomination) Nominator full name, title, credentials, and contact information.
  3. 2-page brief CV or resume of Nominee
  4. Nomination letter describing nominee characteristics aligned with the mentor characteristics described in the award announcement (maximum 2 pages single spaced) written by nominee or nominator.
  5. Mentee letter describing impact of mentor on mentee(s) (maximum 2 pages single spaced).

Inaugural Award Recipients (2023)
Leora Cherney (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) and Robin Pollens (Western Michigan University)