Dissemination Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Tutorial

Julie L. Feuerstein, Natalie F. Douglas, Lesley B. Olswang

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Purpose: The purpose of this tutorial is threefold: (a) to bring attention to the role and value of dissemination research in communication sciences and disorders (CSD), (b) to introduce a model that can be used to guide dissemination research, and (c) to demonstrate strategic steps toward generating research questions and planning methods for dissemination research using an example from the authors’ work. Method: This tutorial begins with a discussion of the role of dissemination in clinical research, with emphasis on differentiating the unique value of dissemination within the broader context of dissemination and implementation (D&I) research. The tutorial next presents a model of dissemination from the extant literature and describes how this model can be applied in CSD using examples from the authors’ respective programs of clinical research. This is followed by an example that illustrates how the model can be used to determine research questions and guide the development of methods. Finally, the tutorial ends by discussing the potential impact of dissemination research for advancing efforts in CSD for closing the research-to-practice gap. Conclusions: Dissemination research is an often overlooked but critical compo-nent of D&I efforts. When approached systematically and rigorously, dissemination can make meaningful contributions to clinical research in CSD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4172-4180
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


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