Richard A. Roberts, PhD

Richard A. Roberts, PhD

Richard A. Roberts, PhDOwner/Director of Vestibular Services, Alabama Hearing & Balance Associates, Inc., Foley, AL

BS: Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of South Alabama, 1992
MS: Speech and Hearing Sciences (Audiology), University of South Alabama, 1994
PhD: Communication Sciences and Disorders (Audiology), University of South Alabama, 1997

Position Statement
Audiology is facing certain challenges—confusion regarding hearing care entry point, declining reimbursement, manufacturer consolidation, and lack of direct access for Medicare patients. With challenges there are opportunities. The boomer generation needs our services. Our industry partners are developing incredible technology. We are a doctoral-level profession and we have greater influence on coding and reimbursement. We are positioned to help more patients than ever, allowing greater opportunity for audiologists to achieve their professional and personal goals.

Three main areas I feel will allow audiologists to capitalize on this opportunity include strategic planning, public awareness, and member involvement. Our position is not accidental. The strategic planning of our leadership has guided us to this point. Decisions made today impact all of our preferred futures. We must continue to express the message that audiologists are best prepared to manage hearing and balance care. Increasing awareness will also increase patient-constituents demanding direct access to audiology. More audiologists must be encouraged to participate on Academy committees, contact elected officials regarding legislative concerns, and contribute to our PAC and Foundation.

I am honored to be nominated and hope to serve in this capacity. This is our Academy, our Board of Directors, and our opportunity.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Private Practice Issues
  • Coding & Reimbursement
  • Professional Autonomy


  • Office of Research Faculty Travel Award; University of Mississippi Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award; AAA Student Research Forum Award, 1998.
  • Outstanding Poster in Health Sciences, Ole Miss Sigma Xi Research Forum, 2001.
  • USF Center for 21st Century Teaching Excellence; University of South Florida, 2003
  • Authored two articles cited in Audiology Literature: Best of 2003, The Hearing Journal, 2004.
  • Recognition of presentation during “Scientific Program Highlights Plenary Session” as among the top seven percent of sessions presented at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) judged by the Science Committee and Scientific Program Subcommittee; James Jerger Award for Best Student Poster Session co-mentored recipient Jennifer Shackelford, 2005.
  • Authored article cited in Audiology Literature: Best of 2005, The Hearing Journal; 2006.
  • AAA Student Research Forum Award, Co-mentored recipient Melanie Sembach

Professional Activities

  • 1998–2001: Mississippi Task Force on Infant Hearing Screening, Member
  • 1999–2000: AAA, Convention Student Research Committee, Member
  • 2000: Whitaker Foundation, Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer
  • 2002–Present: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Assistant Editor
  • 2002–2003: Undergraduate Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida
  • 2004–2007: Florida Academy of Audiology Student Research Forum, Chair
  • 2004–2007: ASHA, Board of Ethics, Member
  • 2006–2007: AudiologyNOW! Student Research Forum Committee, Member
  • 2008–2009: AudiologyNOW! Learning Lab Committee, Member
  • 2009–Present: Alabama Academy of Audiology Board of Directors, Member-at-Large 2009–
  • 2010–Present: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Scientific and Professional Education Board, Member
  • 2010: AudiologyNOW!, Learning Lab Committee, Chair
  • 2010–2011: AudiologyNOW!, Program Chair
  • 2010: AudiologyNOW!, Research Podiums Committee, Chair
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer:  American Journal of Audiology; Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases; Brain; Ear and Hearing; European Journal of Neurology; Hearing Research; International Journal of Audiology; Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools; Medical Science Monitor; Neurology India; Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment; Perception