Stacy Williams elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

Continued COO, Simucase CEO receives elite recognition for outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders

Stacy Williams
Newly elected ASHA Fellow Stacy Williams, PhD, is COO of Continued—the parent company of AudiologyOnline,,,, and Continued Early Childhood Education—and founder and CEO of Simucase.
Stacy Williams, PhD, COO of Continued and founder and CEO of Simucase, has been elected a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Fellowship is one of the highest honors that ASHA bestows and is awarded to nominees who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. ASHA states that only a small percentage of ASHA members have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant the recognition of Fellow.

A select group of Fellows are chosen each year based on professional achievements in the following areas: clinical service, clinical education and academic teaching, research and publications, administrative services, service to ASHA, and service to and leadership positions in state speech-language-hearing associations and/or other related professional organizations.

“Throughout her career, Stacy has made immeasurable contributions to her profession,” said company CEO Tony Perlak. “Her commitment to improving the lives of people with communication disorders is steadfast, and she is also a beloved colleague and friend to all who work with her. All of us at Continued and Simucase are elated to congratulate Stacy on this well-deserved honor.”

As a speech-language pathologist, researcher, and business leader, Williams has devoted her career to innovative educational practices. Williams is an expert in simulation-based education and conducts ongoing research that focuses on integrating cutting-edge technology into personalized learning applications. 

Her doctoral research became part of the foundation of Continued’s Williams went on to develop the world’s first simulation center for communication disorders as a junior faculty member and researcher at Case Western Reserve University. Today, this initial research and product development is Simucase, which provides clinical simulations within a personalized learning platform for thousands of students and professionals annually. 

In her roles as COO of Continued and CEO of Simucase, Williams leads product and editorial development, continuing education administration, and instructional technology services across the company’s online learning sites. 

Williams has served the profession in local, state, and national leadership roles, including serving on the board of the ASHFoundation since 2017. She is also an adjunct associate professor at Case Western Reserve University. 

Williams was nominated for the ASHA Fellowship by Michael Flahive, PhD, ASHA Fellow; Nancy Creaghead, PhD, ASHA Fellow; and Alex Johnson, PhD, ASHA Fellow. 

“ASHA Fellow recognition is a fitting tribute to Stacy and her innovative research,” Flahive said. “Clinical education in our profession is considerably stronger as a result of her work, which has proved to be particularly valuable in these challenging times.” 

Williams and the additional 2020 award recipients will be formally recognized by ASHA at a yet-to-be-determined celebration. 

To learn more about the ASHA Fellowship, visit

Posted in press on Jul 22, 2020