Poster Presenters

View research on posters at the exhibition floor to help further your professional knowledge.

Please note: The language used in the descriptions reflects the language of the speakers’ sessions.

Grecia Alaniz, PT, PhD candidate

Grecia Alaniz is currently a PhD Candidate in the Health Professional Education program at Western University. She also serves as a Research Assistant for the National Centre for Audiology and a Research Fellow at the Wilson Centre. In addition, she is a Registered Pelvic Health Physiotherapist in Toronto, Ontario. Grecia holds a Master of Science in Physiotherapy and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from McMaster University. Throughout her academic and professional journey, she has been a strong advocate for interprofessionalism in healthcare, particularly for underrepresented health professions. She actively seeks opportunities to promote inclusivity and foster effective collaboration among healthcare professionals. She attends this year’s SAC Conference to highlight the initial stages of developing a comprehensive interprofessional care model that is inclusive of audiology and speech-language pathology.

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Chris Allan, PhD

Chris Allan received a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and a Master’s of Science (Audiology) from The University of Western Ontario. She then worked at several children’s facilities in Southwestern Ontario providing clinical services prior to returning to Western to work in Child Hearing Research and to complete her Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Science (Audiology).
Chris presently serves as the Clinical Education Coordinator for audiology students at Western University where she teaches courses in audiometric assessment and noise. She supervises client care through the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic on site at Western, provides clinical services in the area of advanced audiometric assessment and continues to be involved in various research projects. Her professional and research interests include auditory perception/processing; electrophysiology; clinical education and mentorship.

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Janicka Auguste, BA, CDA

Janicka Auguste is a communicative disorders assistant and research coordinator at Grandview Children’s Centre in Durham Region, Ontario. She connects with caregivers and preschool-aged children who need social communication support through the Social ABCs program. She is a certified knowledge translation professional who promotes pediatric research, innovation and knowledge mobilization. Janicka is a passionate advocate of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility for children and caregivers. She joined this Gestalt Language Processing (GLP) initiative with Speech-Language Pathologist Alishia Chamney, with a deep interest in identifying and mobilizing strategies that are meaningful to neurodiverse children with social communication difficulties. Janicka is certified to provide the Hanen Program® 4 I’s to Socialize™: Coaching Parents of Young Autistic Children or Children Who May Benefit from Social Communication Support and the Hanen Program® SPARK Communication™: Coaching Parents to Use Hanen Strategies.

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Emily Berlovich, BSc

Emily Berlovich is a student at Western University completing her Honours Specialization in Psychology. She has particularly enjoyed classes in developmental psychology, determinants of health, and speech and language disorders, and hopes to pursue further education in the Communication Sciences and Disorders field. Her research interests focus on improving teachers’ knowledge of late-emerging reading disabilities as well as partnering with community collaborators to improve rehabilitation services and quality of life.

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Roxanne Bélanger

Dr. Bélanger is Associate Professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University. She is a member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a practising Speech-Language Pathologist with 20 years of clinical experience in neonatology and pediatrics. Dr. Bélanger has worked with preschool and school-aged children with communication and swallowing disorders in various interdisciplinary teams. Dr. Bélanger is interested in the learning mechanisms underlying language acquisition and the role of the environment in supporting language learning in children. Her research focuses on the development of language, attention and executive functioning in children and the early identification of children with developmental language disorders. This interdisciplinary work integrates insights from the fields of communication disorders, linguistics, as well as cognitive and developmental psychology.

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Julia Bond, BScS

Julia Bond is a second-year master’s student in the School of Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University.

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Alishia Chamney, MHSc, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Alishia Chamney is a speech-language pathologist at Grandview Children’s Centre in Durham Region, Ontario. She supports preschool-aged children with a variety of communication difficulties through the Preschool Speech and Language Program, Preschool Outreach Program, and Tri-Region Infant-Hearing Program. Alishia spearheaded the development of a parent education workshop on Gestalt Language Processing (GLP) at Grandview. She is passionate about supporting caregivers and their children through parent education and coaching. Alishia is interested in advancing research on GLP and caregiver-mediated interventions. She also enjoys supporting the field through clinical education and mentorship. Alishia is certified to provide More Than Words®, the Hanen Program® for Parents of Autistic Children or Children Who May Benefit from Social Communication support, Target Word®, the Hanen Program® for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers, and It Takes Two to Talk®, the Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays.

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Marcia Choi, MSc, RSLP, S-LP(C)

Marcia Choi is Assistant Professor of Teaching and Lead for Academic Coordination of Clinical Education for the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences (SASS), Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Marcia’s teaching interests are professionalism for student clinicians and interprofessional care and communication competencies. Her role involves:

  1. facilitating reflective practice and active clinical learning by Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology M.Sc. students;
  2. supporting program activities that prepare students for entry into professional practice; and
  3. teaching students communication and conflict management for the workplace.

Marcia is an alumnus of the SASS MSc Speech-language Pathology program who has worked 20 years with adult neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders. She is also an experienced SLP clinical educator and UBC instructor in the area of interprofessional health care.

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Juno Coan-Brill

Juno “June” Coan-Brill is a dual-degree M.Cl.Sc. (Speech-Language Pathology) and Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Western Ontario (Canada). Her doctoral research is part of an international effort to support the implementation of an evidence-based and accessible assessment of language comprehension for children with Cerebral Palsy and limited functional speech and motor abilities. In addition to the implementation and development of accessible, evidence-based assessments for children with limited speech and motor skills, her research is also focused on increasing access to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) among children with motor limitations and children on the waitlist for formal AAC services.

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Paola Colozzo, PhD, RSLP

Dr. Colozzo is a registered speech-language pathologist and an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. Her research focuses on developmental language disorders and relationships between language and cognition. She has a long-standing commitment to providing evidence-based services that are adapted to the needs of children from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and their families.

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Melany Cox, MHSc, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Melany Cox is a speech-language pathologist and clinical manager at Grandview Children’s Centre in Durham Region, Ontario. She is a member of the Ontario Preschool Speech Collaborative, and Ontario Entry to School Community of Practice. Melany supports preschool-age children and their caregivers through program development, clinical pathway design, and leadership of an interdisciplinary team. She is dedicated to advancing research on GLP caregiver-mediated interventions and seeks to expand access to intervention through clinician and caregiver engagement and knowledge mobilization. She is certified to provide More Than Words®, the Hanen Program® for Parents of Autistic Children or Children Who May Benefit from Social Communication support; Talkability®, the Hanen Program® for Parents of Autistic Children Who Are Speaking in Sentences and Having Conversations; Target Word®, the Hanen Program® for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers; and It Takes Two to Talk®, the Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays.

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Daryn Cushnie-Sparrow, PhD, S-LP(C) Reg. CASLPO

Daryn Cushnie-Sparrow is a clinical speech-language pathologist working primarily in acute care dysphagia assessment and management with hospitalized adults. Her research interests include acoustic and perceptual assessment of speech and voice in movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease and practice-based research in adult dysphagia and related conditions.

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Katharine Davies, MSc, RSLP

Katharine Davies is a PhD candidate with the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia and a registered speech-language pathologist. Before starting her PhD, Katharine completed an MA in Linguistics and an MSc in Speech-Language Pathology. Her research focuses on understanding the communication needs of people living with primary progressive aphasia and their family members.

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Lauren Denusik, MClSc,
PhD candidate

Lauren Denusik is a registered speech-language pathologist and PhD Candidate at Western University. For her doctoral thesis, Lauren is conducting a series of practice-based research projects with speech language pathologists and parents to develop a practical and sustainable model for family-centered, language-based services for autistic preschoolers. Outside of her research, Lauren works clinically, supporting autistic children and youth in the community.

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Olivia Daub, PhD

Dr. Daub is a trained speech-language pathologist and is Assistant Professor at Western University. Her research is focused on understanding how clinical expertise, research evidence, and patient preferences can mutually inform one another to drive evidence-based practice in clinical practice, health systems, and health policy. She is also interested in understanding S-LPs current testing practices and designing assessment tools that align with their clinical priorities.

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Mélissa Di Sante, PhD

Mélissa Di Sante holds a master’s degree in speech-language pathology (Université de Montréal, 2013). She completed her doctoral studies at Université Laval’s Faculty of Medicine (2020), which focused on parent-child interaction and the language development of children growing up in context of neglect. Currently a Banting postdoctoral researcher at the Centre de recherche en santé publique (Université de Montréal), she is interested in local intersectoral actions targeting support for young children’s language development. Co-investigator of the Quebec ELLAN study, she is also interested in the typical language development of children in French and the factors which are associated. Alongside her research work, Mélissa is interested in the dissemination and popularization of scientific information on language development and language interventions. She is co-founder of the “Tout cuit dans le bec” research platform, which aims to support speech-language pathologists in integrating scientific facts into their clinical practice.

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Holly Duchow, M.Sc., R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Holly Duchow has been a speech-language pathologist for 28 years, 18 of those with Alberta Health Services. She began participating in clinical research projects a few years ago and enjoys contributing to evidence-based, fast, functional improvements to frontline services.

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Shanda Duggleby-Wenzel

Shanda Duggleby Wenzel has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Edmonton area for 21 years and is currently pursuing her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Alberta. Shanda’s work with families, and her experiences as a parent advocating within the education system, led to her research interest: parents’ perceptions of, and experiences with, speech and language services. As part of her research, Shanda hopes to explore parents’ experiences with speech-language assessment, to help S-LPs minimize negative experiences and set the stage for strong, collaborative relationships with families.

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Rina Dulku, MSc, RSLP

Rina Dulku is a registered speech-language pathologist who has been working with preschool-aged children in the lower mainland for 16 years. For the last 8 of those years, she has been providing early intervention to children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and their families. Being a Punjabi and English speaker herself, Rina has always had a special interest in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She is dedicated to learning about and expanding best practices in cultural humility in our field.

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Ariane Faria dos Santos, PhD candidate, MEd

Ariane Faria dos Santos is a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Assistant (ISoTL). She has a Masters in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University (USA), and a Bachelors and Teacher Credential in Philosophy from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Her research interests include curriculum implementation and teaching practices to improve learning opportunities for students with different backgrounds with a particular interest in the connection between micro (classroom/schools) and macro (policymakers) actors in the design and implementation of equitable curriculum policies. Her PhD is focused on the role of classroom assessment in supporting student learning and teacher knowledge of students’ needs, and the implementation of the new British Columbia Curriculum.

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Angela Feehan, R. SLP, S-LP(C),
PhD Candidate

Angela Feehan is a speech-language pathologist and a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta. Angela’s clinical work has been in psychiatry programs providing diagnostic and treatment support, including autism assessment. Angela frequently works with children and adolescents who have neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autism, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome. Angela is specifically interested in school and social functioning, the measurement and evaluation of language/social communication development, the process by which diagnostic labels are placed on children, and how this process informs the treatments and interventions that children are offered. Angela’s PhD work is focused on understanding language and social communication development in children with Tourette syndrome. She conducts research from a strengths-based perspective and has used pragmatic and social constructionist interpretive frameworks in her mixed methods and qualitative work. Other research interests include the autism diagnostic process and social thriving in underrepresented autistic individuals including gender minorities and late-diagnosed individuals.

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Pamela Filiatrault-Veilleux

Dr. Filiatrault-Veilleux est orthophoniste et professeure assistante au programme d’orthophonie de l’Université d’Alberta. Ses intérêts de recherche portent sur l’évaluation et l’intervention visant la compréhension du langage oral des jeunes enfants, et entretient des partenariats de recherche actifs avec des chercheurs du Canada et à l’international.

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Marie-Pier Gingras, MPO

Marie-Pier Gingras is a speech-language pathologist and doctoral student at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Her research projects focus on language acquisition and interaction in early childhood. She is also interested in developing the competencies of speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology students.

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Camille Gingras-Méthot

Camille Gingras-Méthot is currently completing her masters in Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University. She is primarily interested in working in a medical setting, more specifically with adults and children affected by swallowing or communication disorders. Her current research interest includes language impairments in adults with aphasia as well as language assessment for bilingual adults.

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Danielle Glista, PhD, Reg. CASLPO

Dr. Glista is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, an Associate Member of the National Centre for Audiology, and the Director of the Connected Hearing Healthcare Lab at Western University, London, ON. Her recent research interests have focused on technology-enabled hearing healthcare and the use of collaborative care models to integrate complex health solutions into practice. As part of an international, multi-site project designed to close the virtual care research-to-practice gap, she led the co-creation of clinical practice guidelines integrating evidence-based practice recommendations and clinically focused knowledge tools and decision frameworks. Her patient-orientated research efforts have included interdisciplinary teams and mixed methods research paradigms to engage clinicians, patients, families, and community/industry partners. Current projects incorporating human-centred design aim to improve the uptake of real-world, pediatric- and adult-focused mHealth solutions for hearing healthcare.

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Émilie Godin

Émilie Godin is currently completing her masters in Speech-Language Pathology (Orthophonie) at Laurentian University. Her current research focuses on language assessment for bilingual adults and language impairments in adults with aphasia. Émilie has presented her research findings at ACFAS and placed 4th for best individual communication.

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Vickie Godin

Vickie Godin is a second-year master’s student in the School of Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University.

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Selçuk Güven, PhD

Dr. Selçuk Güven is Assistant Professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Montreal and a researcher at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre within the Brain and Child Development Axis, where he leads the Computational Speech-Language Pathology Laboratory (COALab). After earning his PhD, he pursued postdoctoral research at Purdue University in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Language Sciences. He then continued his academic journey as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, followed by another postdoctoral research position at the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, IVADO, at the University of Montreal. Dr. Güven’s primary focus is on gaining a deep understanding of developmental speech and language disorders and speech-language impairments found in different neurodevelopmental disorders. His dedication lies in improving the diagnostics of these conditions through the utilization of computational and neuropsychological approaches.

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Meagan Haarstad, MSc SLP, Reg SK, SLP-C

Meagan Haarstad is a medical speech-language pathologist currently working in the largest acute care hospital in Saskatchewan, Royal University Hospital. Meagan primarily focuses on dysphagia management and independently performs both FEES and MBSS but does see a variety of patient populations for language, voice, and swallowing disorders. Her favourite areas of focus are oncology, stroke, and neurosurgery, including awake craniotomies. Meagan completed her undergraduate at the University of Saskatchewan with a major in linguistics and a minor in archaeology. Her graduate degree was completed at the University of Alberta.

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Jamie Hack

Jamie Hack is a speech-language pathologist working in the BC Autism Assessment Network and Complex Developmental and Behavioural Conditions team as Program Manager. He was previously the lead for the speech-language pathology department at BC Centre for Ability. Jamie obtained his Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor. Jamie is passionate about culturally safe, trauma-informed care, interprofessional collaboration, and evidence-based practice. He strives to inform policies that improve communication support for the public. Jamie serves on the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professional’s Quality Assurance & Professional Practice (QAPP) Committee.

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Megan Harold

Megan Harold is a speech-language pathologist working in early intervention at the BC Centre for Ability (BC CFA). She works as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide assessment and treatment for children 0-6 with complex needs. She also assesses children for Autism through the BC Autism Assessment Network and BC CFA. She is passionate about using a parent-coaching approach to help families recognize the unique strengths their children have and learn skills and strategies to build on those strengths. She is trained in several evidence-based interventions for Autism including the Hanen More than Words and Talkability programs. She has also completed the Clinical-Level training courses required to diagnose Autism in British Columbia (ADOS-2 and ADI-R). This extensive training allows me to effectively observe and identify the characteristics and behaviours associated with Autism.

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Darlene Hicks, MSc, RAUD, Aud(C)

Darlene Hicks is the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at UBC. She graduated with a MSc in Audiology from the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1991. She spent most of her career as a Public Health Audiologist in BC, providing diagnostic hearing evaluations and intervention services to all children. Darlene has also worked as a UBC Audiology Clinical Coordinator since 2004. Darlene has a passion for supporting students in their clinical learning and providing audiology services to underserved populations. She currently serves as Clinical Director for the BC Special Olympics’ Healthy Hearing Program and has also been involved with Planet Smile for Kids – a non-profit organization supporting families with cleft palate children in Vietnam.

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Vibhuti Jethavi, MHSc, Reg. CASLPO

Vibhuti Jethavi is a speech-language pathologist at York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families. Her clinical practice is firmly rooted in the understanding that relationships drive neurological development. Fueled by research in attachment, neurodevelopmental systems and trauma, Vibhuti aims to bridge the world of mental health and speech-language pathology. Her vision is to bring language back to its natural habitat, the social world of the speaker!

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Catherine Julien, PhD

Catherine Julien is a speech-language pathologist and research coordinator at the “Petite enfance, grandeur nature” research center (Quebec City). She holds a master’s degree in speech-language pathology (2014) and a doctorate in clinical and biomedical sciences (2019) from Laval University. Her research interests focus on the quality of interactions in childcare settings and language development, particularly in the context of great social and material vulnerability.

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Rachel Kennedy, MSc., RSLP

Rachel Kennedy graduated from the University of Limerick in 2013, Rachel worked in a variety of settings in England, Ireland and Canada, including adult neuro rehab and private pediatric settings with a focus on neurodivergence. She began to work with students two years into her practice and has continued ever since. Working in a diverse range of settings and in many different roles – including supervising new clinicians and assisting with professional development interdepartmentally, as well as acting as the CE representative with SASS – has been integral to her motivation to focus on how clinical education can be optimized. From 2020-2023 she was the Clinical Educator Representative for UBS SASS program.

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Elaheh Keshavarz, MSc

Elaheh Keshavarz holds a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology from Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. She worked as a clinician (2015-2021) in different rehabilitation centers in Iran. After six years of working in the field, she recognized she needed to close the gap between academia and clinical practice, so she pursued an MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba (2021-2023). Her thesis focuses on the financial inclusion of adults living with post-stroke communication disabilities. Her thesis not only provides evidence and guidance for improving participation and inclusion for those with communication disabilities but also is foundational to help me become one of few researchers developing the area of speech therapy and critical disability practice and research.

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Mariya Kika

Mariya Kika obtained her HBSc in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics from the University of Toronto and is currently an MHSc candidate in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She is also a research assistant at the BAM! lab.

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Esther Kim, PhD, R.SLP, CCC-SLP

Dr. Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Alberta. She is a speech-language pathologist whose research and clinical interests focus on improving outcomes for people with aphasia and other acquired communication disorders. She examines treatments that can enhance neural plasticity in individuals with acquired neurological damage, as well as interventions that allow people to get back to participating in their communities. She is passionate about communication accessibility and is the co-founder of the Alberta Aphasia Camp and the Corbett Aphasia Rehabilitation and Education (CARE) program.

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Carolyn Knoechel, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Carolyn Knoechel is a speech-language pathologist working with the Alberta Health Services Calgary Early Supported Discharge Team for stroke and brain injury. She is a 2022 recipient of a Speech-Language and Audiology Canada clinical research grant. She has worked with the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers educating other professionals in speech-language pathology. Her clinical interests are primarily in aphasia and cognitive-communication, and she is passionate about communication access and life participation for clients.

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Sophie Laurence, PhD

Sophie Laurence is currently an assistant professor at the School of Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University. Her research focuses primarily on oral and written language disorders in adults. Her areas of research interest pertain to literacy skills observed in bilingual and anglophone aging populations, in language assessment and intervention for bilingual adults, as well as in language impairments (oral and written) in adults with aphasia.

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Chantal Lessard

Chantal Lessard is the manager and professional practice leader for the Audiology and Auditory-Verbal Therapy Program, as well as the Clinic for Augmentative Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She also has management oversight of the research portfolio in the unit of Development and Rehabilitation. She is a Level 1 clinical investigator with CHEO Research Institute.

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Penney Letsos, MClSc

Penney Letsos graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Penney is the Academic Clinical Coordinator of Education (ACCE) for the Speech-Language Pathology program at Western. She works closely with community partners to create, foster, and sustain clinical placement experiences, which support graduate student clinicians in the development of clinical competencies and professionalism in speech-language pathology. In addition, Penney has a professional interest in swallowing and communication assessment and intervention in the adult acute-care neurogenic populations and provides clinical services to the stroke population at London Health Sciences Centre.

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Jacqueline Lim, PhD

Jacqueline Lim is a senior lecturer at James Cook University and has worked as a speech pathologist for more than 20 years in Australia and Canada. She has worked with children and adults with a range of speech, language and swallowing difficulties. She has a particular interest in working with children with childhood apraxia of speech, phonological disorders and literacy difficulties. She received her PhD from the University of Sydney and her current research interests include treatment in childhood apraxia of speech and literacy. 

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Shannan Love, MSc, R.SLP, SLP(C)

Shannan Love is a registered speech-language pathologist with 25 years of clinical experience working with adults with aphasia. She received a Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree and a Professional Certificate in Public Health from the University of Alberta and has completed additional training in qualitative research and implementation science. She currently works for the University of Calgary as a Senior Research Associate and the University of Alberta as a Research Speech-Language Pathologist. As part of a recent clinical aphasia trial at the University of Calgary, Shannan and colleagues completed a qualitative study exploring the perspectives of people with aphasia, their care partners and healthcare providers involved in the intervention. Shannan is interested in research that contributes to advancing clinical practice in speech-language pathology for individuals with aphasia and other acquired language disorders.

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Angela MacDonald-Prégent, PhD Candidate, S-LP(C), BCBA

Angela MacDonald-Prégent is a doctoral candidate in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. Having worked for over ten years as a speech-language pathologist supporting autistic children who have language difficulties, she developed an interest in nonspeaking children on the autism spectrum. Noticing that the scarcity of research for this subgroup, she returned to school to complete her doctoral degree where she has led and participated in a variety of autism-specific research projects. Her dissertation examines the efficacy of teaching methods for nonspeaking autistic children who are learning to use augmentative and alternative communication. She is also a Data-To-Policy fellow at the Autism Alliance of Canada where she is also a co-investigator for the National Autism Waitlist Initiative study.

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Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, PhD

Chantal Mayer-Crittenden est orthophoniste et professeure agrégée à l’Université Laurentienne pour l’École d’orthophonie. Sa recherche porte sur l’acquisition et le maintien d’une langue minoritaire dans un contexte anglophone ainsi que l’impact du bilinguisme sur les compétences langagières des enfants qui ont un trouble développemental du langage. Elle est aussi la fondatrice d’un groupe de recherche et de discussion intitulé Bilinguisme en Ontario: cas de Trouble ou de développement Typique chez les Enfants ainsi que l’animatrice de OAC Pleins feux – un balado en français pour les orthophonistes scolaires.

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Cheryl McGee, MSc., RSLP, SLP(C)

Cheryl McGee is Program Director, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Sessional Instructor at UBC.  

After graduating from SASS in 2006, Cheryl gained speech-language pathology experience in a variety of settings: an outpatient rehabilitation unit working with stroke clients, a private school for students diagnosed with learning disabilities, and many acute care settings within Alberta Health Services and Fraser Health Authority.  A passion for student mentorship and clinical education was ignited when Cheryl supervised SLP students from various graduate programs in Canada. Since starting at SASS in 2017, Cheryl has connected with many Clinical Educators in BC and Western Canada, either in-person or virtually. Establishing strong relationships with UBC’s supportive clinical community is one of the most rewarding aspects of her role.

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Paméla McMahon Morin

Paméla McMahon Morin is a doctoral candidate at the Université de Montréal. Her research interests include interactive book reading, tier-1 interventions, and professional development. Before her doctoral studies, she worked as a school-based SLP and as a research assistant.

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Monika Molnar, PhD

Dr. Molnar is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and Principal Investigator at the BAM! lab. Her teaching and research interests extend to diverse populations, encompassing both neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals from monolingual and bilingual/multilingual backgrounds, across the lifespan. The mission of her research is to create equity in clinical care, by contributing to the development of theories and clinical assessment paradigms that are suitable for all children – irrespective of their cultural or linguistic backgrounds.

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Taslim Moosa, MClSc, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Taslim Moosa is a speech-language pathologist and clinical educator with 27 years of clinical experience. She has worked extensively in acquired brain injury, fluency, and Alternative and Augmentative Communication. She currently holds a full-time faculty position (Lecturer) at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. During her 20 years at Western, she has focused on promoting excellence in clinical education, supporting clinical supervisors, and developing inter-professional education opportunities. She has developed and implemented numerous clinical placements within a social justice framework, accompanying students to projects in South Africa, Peru, and Northern Ontario Indigenous Communities. Currently she is part of a team that was awarded a planning grant to work with local (London) transgender youth to develop a gender affirming voice and communication training clinic, that will incorporate service delivery, research, and clinical learning opportunities for speech-language pathology students.

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Aravind Namasivayam, PhD, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Dr. Namasivayam is an internationally recognized expert in speech motor control and speech disorders in children, with a clinical degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and a specialization in Neuroscience at the Doctoral/Post-Doctoral level. He has published 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has over 60 international conference presentations and workshops. Dr. Namasivayam is also a reviewer for several speech-pathology journals. He has received several awards at the national and international level from various organizations, such as the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (USA), Stuttering foundation of America (SFA), Apraxia Kids (formerly known as CASANA), “Award of Excellence” from the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) and more recently the prestigious National award for Excellence in Applied Research (2016) and the Mentorship award from the Speech-Language and Audiology (SAC), Canada. He is also the recipient of the Teaching Excellence award (2018) and the Distinguished Service Award (2019) from the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto.

His clinical and research interests include motor speech disorders, sensory-motor integration, and motor skill learning. He routinely teaches speech physiology, research methods, and speech sound disorders in children at the University of Toronto. In 2018, he founded the Speech Research Centre Inc. which is a knowledge translation and implementation science group with the aim of making evidence-informed practice accessible to frontline clinicians worldwide. Dr. Namasivayam is also the co-founder of Hear2Speak.org, a non-profit organization for improving speech pathology and audiology services in majority countries.

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Alison Purcell, PhD; MAppSc

Alison Purcell is a certified practising speech pathologist and the inaugural Professor of Speech Pathology in the School of Health, Western Sydney University, Australia. Alison’s research is designed to improve outcomes for children who have lifelong communication difficulties resulting from structural differences such as hearing impairment, cleft palate, and childhood apraxia of speech. Alison’s research has been used by the World Health Organization to inform policy for childhood hearing loss and translated into policy changes for Australian Aboriginal children. More recently, Alison’s research has targeted how to improve the structural inequities that many children with communication difficulties encounter.

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Eve Julie Rioux

Eve Rioux has been working as a speech-language pathologist since 2005 with preschoolers, school-age children, and adolescents. She is a PhD candidate at McGill University supervised by Elin Thordardottir. Her research focuses on multilingual adolescents and their achievement in the domain of syntax.

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Eavan Sinden, MSc, RSLP

Eavan Sinden is a lecturer and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education at UBC. She trained as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the University College Cork, Ireland before completing a master’s degree in clinical education with the University of Edinburgh. Her clinical work has primarily been with adults with aphasia. She worked at the Aphasia Institute in Toronto before moving to Vancouver in 2015 to work at the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. Eavan is passionate about her work in Clinical Education and finds great reward in supporting students and Clinical Educators. Eavan also continues to work with clients with aphasia and coordinates the Aphasia Mentors Program and the Sea to Sky Aphasia Camp. Eavan has recently begun a PhD in Counselling Studies with the University of Edinburgh.

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Audette Sylvestre, PhD

Dr. Sylvestre is a speech-language pathologist, full professor in the master’s program in speech-language pathology at Laval University and a regular researcher at the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale (CIRRIS). His research program focuses on language development in preschool children and on the parental behaviors that promote it. She is particularly interested in the study of the relationships between the family and social context of children and their language development, particularly child neglect. She is responsible for the Early Longitudinal Language and Neglect (ELLAN) carried out in Quebec since 2014.

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Julie Theurer, PhD, S-LP(C)

Julie Theurer is a speech-language pathologist and an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, at Western. In the CSD program, she teaches in the areas of anatomy and physiology, swallowing and swallowing disorders, and evidence-based practice. Her research focuses on the study of sensorimotor systems supporting speech and swallowing, and she is also invested in practice-based research collaborations with clinicians aimed at improving outcomes for individuals undergoing treatment of head and neck cancer. Through these practice-based research partnerships, she is exploring swallowing rehabilitation, health-related quality of life, and functional outcomes measurement.

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Madison Umbrasas, BScS

Madison Umbrasas is a second-year master’s student in the School of Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University.

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Jennifer Wadds, MHSc, Reg. CASLPO

Jennifer Wadds has 28 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in both the private and public sectors. Jennifer spent much of her career working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital where she developed a special interest in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders. In 2013 Jennifer joined the faculty at the University of Toronto, where she is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Education. She also participated in the development of the Canadian Assessment of Clinical Competency and was most recently involved in the implementation of a pilot of this tool at Canadian Universities. Also, Jennifer is actively involved in the profession at provincial and federal levels and serves as the co-vice chair of the OSLA-SAC subcommittee. Jennifer’s recent areas of academic interest involve the integration of the use of clinical simulation into health education, and she has remained passionate about the role of speech-langauge pathology in pediatric dysphagia. Jennifer also runs a small private practice focusing on the pediatric population. Jennifer lives in Port Hope with her husband, three children, and an assortment of animals.

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Annie Wang

Annie completed her undergraduate education as well as her Master’s of Science in Audiology at the University of British Columbia. Annie has worked in various settings including public and non-profit sectors. Her interests in clinical audiology include pediatric diagnostics and implantable solutions. Currently, her role as a Clinical Marketing Manager at Cochlear includes supporting the global acoustic portfolio through scientific communications, claims management and hearing outcome research. Annie is passionate about supporting students in developing their clinical competencies and providing a listening ear to share and discuss our journey and milestones as growing clinicians. She was previously the Clinical Educator Representative for UBC SASS program 2020-2023.

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Chih-Yu Wang

Chih-Yu Wang is a speech therapist in the rehabilitation center, National Taiwan University Hospital Hsin-Chu Branch. She graduated from the University of Taipei with a master’s degree in speech therapy. With expertise in children’s language and articulation therapy, her career spans clinical work at hospital and private clinics. Her expertise lies in children’s language and articulation intervention and assessment, and she remains dedicated to staying informed about the latest developments in the field. Through ongoing learning and practice, she aims to provide professional assistance to more children facing language difficulties.

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Emily Wood

Emily Wood is a registered speech-language pathologist and PhD candidate at the Bilingual and Multilingual Development lab (BAM!) at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the validity of clinical assessment practices, and development of a dynamic assessment of early literacy skills for use with heterogenous bilingual populations.

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