Communication Disorders Professor Receives Prestigious National Award

Bonnie Brinton Is the Third BYU Professor to Receive Prestigious ASHA Award
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Bonnie Brinton, professor emerita of communication disorders in the McKay School, has received the Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the highest award the organization gives.

According to the ASHA website, the Honors of the Association is awarded to individuals “whose contributions have been of such excellence that they have enhanced or altered the course of the professions [of communications sciences and disorders].” 

Nominated by colleagues and past award recipients from universities across the country, Brinton was recognized for her contributions to research about the social struggles of children with developmental language disorders. Brinton has put her research into practice, developing effective interventions for children with social communication difficulties. 

Brinton is not the first BYU professor to receive this prestigious award. In 2015, then-department chair Martin Fujiki and professor David McPherson both received the Honors of the Association, becoming the first professors of Utah universities to be honored. 

“That means that as of 2019, three faculty members received Honors. For a department this size, this is highly unusual,” said Brinton. “In fact, it’s phenomenal! It reflects the support for scholarship, teaching, and service in the McKay School of Education and BYU as well as the work ethic, productivity, and faith of our faculty.” 

Brinton retired earlier this summer after a successful 29-year career at BYU. Brinton expresses gratitude for the support her research has received from both the McKay School and BYU. “I am confident that we could only have carried out this research program at BYU.” 

Writer: Anessa Pennington
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