This is a dynamic group, which changes with the times and needs of those we serve (researchers and clinicians interested in improving evidence base of spoken discourse in aphasia). Note that we defined aphasia fairly broadly, and our work encompasses those interested in acquired aphasia, progressive aphasia, cognitive-communicative disorders, and dementias involving speech+language.
Listen to Dr. Brielle Stark discuss the purpose of FOQUSAphasia HERE
Listen to Dr. Brielle Stark give an update on FOQUSAphasia progress, as of spring 2021, HERE
For FOQUSAphasia, there will be one steering committee, an informal body of experts which oversees task force creation and progress. These individuals are typically also represented on the leadership team of specific initiatives, discussed below. The steering committee will meet quarterly to discuss task force progress. These meetings are open to any non-steering committee members, as well.
FOQUSAphasia began with two task forces: one to evaluate standards for reporting (“best practices [BP]”) and one for improving the current state of data quality (“methodology and data quality [MDQ]”). In future, more task forces may be created. Within each task force are initiatives. Presently, the BP task force is focused on creation of reporting standards whilst the MDQ task force is focused on creation of a test-retest database. These initiatives work autonomously, and as such a leadership team within each initiative will direct its progress. It is the role of the leadership team to meet as often as they see fit, and to maintain standards across groups collecting data for / participating in the initiative. Members-at-large are those who contribute to data collection, analysis or dissemination of results. All members-at-large are welcome and encouraged to attend (virtual) meetings of the initiative’s leadership team. In future, more initiatives will likely manifest within existing task forces or in new task forces.
These persons were elected in mid 2020 and will serve until mid 2022 (an extra year due to COVID-19 slowdown)