Speakers

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Sophia Werden Abrams, MSc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Sophia Werden Abrams is a speech-language pathologist and doctoral trainee in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Her research, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, is focused on investigating factors associated with the hydration and fluid intake of long-term care residents with dementia and dysphagia. She is passionate about clinically meaningful research where interdisciplinary collaboration and patient co-design are central.

Rebecca Affoo, PhD, CCC-SLP, SLP-Reg, SLP(C)

Rebecca Affoo is a speech-language pathologist, an assistant professor at Dalhousie University in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health, and cross-appointed in the School of Dental Hygiene, Faculty of Dentistry. She is the Director of the Oral Health and Swallowing Research Laboratory and a Nova Scotia Health Affiliate Scientist. She is also a scholar with the Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) at Dalhousie University and a co-lead of the HPI flagship project: Putting ‘Oral Health is Health’ into Action. The goal of her program of research is to improve the oral health, and speech and swallowing function of older adults through novel, interprofessional assessment and management practices.

Emily Balkam, MSc, SLP Reg, S-LP(C)

Emily Balkam is a speech-language pathologist and S-LP Clinical Coordinator at Dalhousie University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD). As Clinical Coordinator, she is responsible for organizing, coordinating, and evaluating the clinical education component of the SCSD speech-language pathology program.

Amanda Binns, PhD

Dr. Binns is a clinician, researcher, and educator in Speech-Language Pathology. Drawing from her interprofessional clinical experiences working with neurodivergent and autistic individuals and their families, her program of research aims to answer clinically relevant questions that will support efforts to create more compassionate, individualized, and evidence-informed care experiences for autistic clients and families. She has honed a partnership-focused, co-creation approach to her work and incorporates a combination of practice-based research and implementation of science methodologies. Dr. Binns’s work has taken her across the globe, with over 45 invited presentations to professionals, parents, and policy makers in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, and Adjunct Research Professor at Western University. In her role at Holland Bloorview, she is clinical lead of an innovative and award winning, interprofessional Autism Focused Education Program that is building capacity in the next generation of clinicians and supporting autistic children and families in Ontario.

Ron Cadez, Med

Ron is currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional, Student, and Clinical Services at the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, MB. He brings over two decades of leadership experience in K-12 schools and as a system leader in LRSD. As an educational leader, he has fostered collaborative cultures in schools and systems, emphasizing collective responses to support all learners. He is a speaker in Microsoft’s Discovering Dyslexia webinar series, and his contributions to early literacy screening, instruction and intervention have been featured in the Journal de l’association canadienne des professionnels de l’immersion (ACPI) and by the International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch (IDAO). Maintaining close collaboration with teachers, clinicians, and researchers nationwide, Ron continues to deepen his understanding of learning disabilities. Through these partnerships, he actively promotes and implements inclusive instructional practices to best support students and their parents.

Jennifer Cameron-Turley, MSc, S-LP(C), Reg. SK

Jennifer received her BA with distinction in Psychology in 1999 at the University of Victoria and her MSc in Speech-Language Pathology in 2002 at the University of British Columbia. Prior to working in speech-language pathology, Jennifer was a diploma RN and worked mainly with the geriatric population. She was employed until recently in the public sector as a senior speech-language pathologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. She has worked in Saskatchewan since 2007. Prior to this she worked as an acute care S-LP at Vancouver General Hospital for several years. She has been active in governance activities throughout her career.

Jennifer served as President of her provincial regulatory body, SASLPA, in 2011-2012. She has been an active member, and acted as chair, of several committees at both the provincial and national level with many organizations to represent professions and to tirelessly advance clinical practice, professionalism, and patient care. She served as Chair of the Board of Directors of her national professional association, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) in 2021. She is also currently working on a contract basis with SAC as Provincial Advocacy Manager for Saskatchewan and Interim Director of Speech-Language Pathology and Communication Health Assistants. She also owns a mobile FEES business, called Saskatchewan Swallowing Diagnostics, which opened in May 2023.

Thursday, May 9
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Timothy Caulfield, Professor of Health Law and Science Policy, Bestselling Author

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector — from research on stem cells to diets and alternative medicine — for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and the Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.

Over the past several years, Caulfield has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavours that have led him to publish more than 350 academic articles. His research focuses on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, and the public representations of science and health policy issues. Caulfield has won numerous academic, science communication, and writing awards, and is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Caulfield also writes frequently for the popular press and is the author of several bestselling books, including The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness; Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash; and, most recently, Relax, Dammit!: A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety.

In addition, Caulfield is the co-founder of the science engagement initiative, #ScienceUpFirst. He is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which aired in over 60 countries and is currently streaming on Netflix in North America.

Ashley Champ, MHSc, Reg. CASLPO, S-LP(C)

Ashley Champ is a Speech-Language Pathologist with the Communication, Language and Speech Services and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services teams with the Upper Grand District School Board. Ashley is passionate about the science of reading and how it informs practice for supporting the literacy skills of all students. She is actively engaged in the exciting challenge of bringing this work into classrooms and supporting educators along their own learning journeys.

She played a pivotal role in the development of the “Three-Part Lesson Plan” and its implementation across the Upper Grand District School Board to support struggling readers. This framework has been critical to bridging diagnostic outcomes from reading assessments including the EPPS: Evaluation of Phonological awareness and Phonics skills with individualized, targeted intervention across all tiers of instruction.

Tara Chen

Tara Chen is the S-LP Team Lead for Long Term Care at Providence Health Care, providing both communication and dysphagia services for residents at 5 homes. She has a special interest in seniors and Long-Term Care, and is passionate about recognizing SLPs as core members of the Long Term Care team, within BC and across Canada. Tara has worked with adults across the spectrum of health care including acute care, outpatients, Rehab and community outreach. She holds a Master of Science degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from, and is an Assistant Clinical Professor with, the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. She has over 20 years of experience as an S-LP. Tara is a mom of one adult daughter. She is also a newly certified 200-hour Yoga Instructor. She spends her free time enjoying nature, reading and tending to a daily Yoga practice.

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

Marcia Choi is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and the 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:

  • facilitating reflective practice and active clinical learning by Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology M.Sc. students;
  • supporting program activities that prepare students for entry into professional practice; and
  • 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.

June Coan Brill, MClSc/PhD Candidate

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.

Bonnie Cooke, MClSc, Aud(C)

Bonnie Cooke is the Director of Audiology with SAC. She has a diverse background in clinical and corporate audiology, advisory experience working with several audiology groups, and experience as an audiology educator.

Miranda Cooper, MA, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Miranda has been the sole S-LP at the Halton Hills Family Health Team since 2011, where she enjoys working with clients of all ages and in all SLP related areas. Within this role, she works closely with the team of Allied Health Professionals and primary care providers to enhance patient care and facilitate more timely diagnosis and treatment. In addition to direct patient care, Miranda enjoys program development and regularly participates in graduate student clinical education.

Allyson Cousineau Grant, MScS, S-LP(C)

Allyson Cousineau Grant has been working as a school-based speech-language pathologist for over 16 years. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2007 with a Master of Health Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology, and subsequently began working full-time for the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO). Shortly afterwards, she opened her own private practice where she works more with children with oral language, written language (reading and writing) and learning difficulties. Allyson is also a part-time professor in various speech-language pathology programs at the Universities of Ottawa, Alberta and Laurentian. Allyson is an active member of various working committees, including the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (TA@l’école) and Speech-Language Pathology Audiology Canada. Her areas of interest as a speech-language pathologist are many, but Allyson focuses on language, reading and writing disorders, as well as augmentative and alternative communication.

Alison Csercsics, MClSc

Alison Csercsics is a registered Speech Language Pathologist and Research Associate at Western University. Her current research interests focus on using implementation science and practice-based research to maximize the uptake of evidence-based practices in clinical settings and to explore the acceptability and feasibility of research in real clinical contexts. Alison also continues to work clinically, providing speech and language services to preschool and school-aged children where she has a special clinical interest in motor speech disorders and literacy concerns.

James Curtis, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Dr. Curtis is an Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and principal investigator of the Aerodigestive Innovations Research lab (AIR) within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. His mission is to improve the health and quality-of-life of people with voice and swallowing disorders through clinical innovation, scientific discovery, and multidisciplinary collaborations. His current lines of research include:

  1. identifying mechanisms of voice, cough, and swallowing disorders in people with neurologic disease;
  2. testing the effects of respiratory-swallow coordination training and cough skill training on airway protective outcomes; and
  3. developing novel and clinically feasible techniques for voice, cough, and swallowing assessments and treatments.
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.

Briano Di Rezze, PhD, OT Reg.(Ont.)

Dr. Di Rezze is an Associate Professor, in the School of Rehabilitation Science, and Co-Director of CanChild Centre of Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University. He is an occupational therapist with almost 20 years of experience working with children and youth with disabilities, their families, and in community to facilitate traditional and community-based research. His research experience has been in developing measures to support clinical practice and to increase the rigour in rehabilitation research. His research aims to examine the impact of rehabilitation interventions on everyday participation and functioning of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disability (e.g., autism, and cerebral palsy). Dr. Di Rezze’s research program also engages youth, families, and other community stakeholders in community-based research approaches to address issues related to youth and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities transitioning into adulthood. More specific areas of interest include improving sustainable employment opportunities, social engagement, and interdependent living.

Mélissa Di Sante, Ph. D.

Mélissa Di Sante est détentrice d’une maitrise en orthophonie (Université de Montréal, 2013). Elle a complété des études doctorales à la Faculté de Médecine de l’Université Laval (2020), qui avaient pour objet l’interaction parent-enfant et le développement langagier d’enfants grandissant en contexte de négligence. Actuellement chercheuse postdoctorale Banting au Centre de recherche en santé publique (Université de Montréal), elle s’intéresse aux actions intersectorielles locales ciblant le soutien au développement langagier des jeunes enfants. Parallèlement à ses travaux de recherche, Mélissa s’intéresse à la diffusion et la vulgarisation de l’information scientifique sur le développement du langage et l’intervention en orthophonie. Elle est cofondatrice de la plateforme de recherche «Tout cuit dans le bec », qui a pour but de soutenir les orthophonistes dans l’intégration des faits scientifiques à leur pratique clinique.

Marylene Dionne, M.P.O., Ph.D.

Marylène Dionne est orthophoniste et candidate au doctorat en sciences de l’orthophonie et de l’audiologie à l’Université de Montréal. Ses recherches doctorales portent sur l’efficacité des interventions langagières offertes dans les groupes de milieu de garde, plus particulièrement sur le développement des habiletés pragmatiques et sur la compétence sociale des enfants qui les fréquentent. Ses intérêts de recherche touchent également les enjeux d’accessibilité et d’inclusion des personnes ayant des troubles de la communication. Elle est aussi chargée de cours à l’Université de Montréal et professionnelle de recherche pour divers projets. En lien avec ses recherches, elle donne des formations aux orthophonistes sur l’évaluation des compétences pragmatiques et les stratégies d’intervention pour soutenir l’utilisation du langage.

Friday, May 10
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Julie Evans, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C), CHE

Julie is a Practice Director for Provincial Speech-Language Pathology in Alberta Health Services (AHS), Julie leads the movement to create a province wide healthcare environment that anticipates and responds to the needs of people with speech, language and hearing difficulties. Both personally and professionally, she is dedicated to creating safe, collaborative, and inclusive communities. She has presented at numerous conferences including, ASHA, the Greater Toronto Area Rehabilitation Best Practice Day, SAC, ACSLPA, BCASLPA, the Royal College of Speech-Language Therapists and Alberta Leaders in Rehabilitation.

Erin Gilchrist, MHSc, S-LP(C)

Erin Gilchrist is Full-time Faculty at Georgian College with the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)Program. She graduated from the CDA program in 2004 and worked in private clinics and hospitals for 10 years before returning to U of T for the Speech-Language Pathology Program. Since graduating she has worked clinically in private practice and with School Based Rehab Services. As full-time faculty at Georgian College, Erin teaches many of the foundational courses including Speech Sound Disorders and Theory and Practice. She has a passion for making therapy practical and fun and encourages her students and the Communication Health Assistants that she supervises to think beyond the flashcard and to promote targets in functional vocabulary for clients and their families.

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.

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, Dr. Glista 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.

Ana Maria Gonzalez-Barrero, PhD

Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Barrero is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Dalhousie University, cross-appointed to the Department of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine. She completed a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Developmental Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal. Dr. Gonzalez-Barrero is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Colombia, where she is originally from. She has over 15 years of experience working with monolingual, bilingual and multilingual children with different needs in clinical and research settings. Her research interests focus on the language, literacy, and cognitive skills of monolingual and bilingual children with typical development and children with neurodevelopmental conditions, such as Autism. Dr. Gonzalez-Barrero is also interested in cultural and linguistic diversity, open science, and evidence-based practice.

Arla Good, PhD

Dr. Good is a research associate in the Psychology department at Toronto Metropolitan University. She is the chief researcher and co-director of The SingWell Project, an international research study supported by SSHRC exploring group singing as one potential strategy to address psychosocial well-being, communication, and health issues in older adulthood. Much of her work over the last decade has sought to identify and optimise singing-based interventions that can contribute to psychological and social wellbeing in a variety of different populations.

Karla Gutierrez, RSLP, MA, CCC-SLP

Karla Gutierrez is a speech-language pathologist with 22 years of experience, both in Canada and the United States. She graduated with her master’s degree from Washington State University. She provides school-based therapy and is also a member of the School and Classroom Support team for the Louis Riel School Division. She has worked in multiple public-school settings with elementary and high school populations and early intervention settings with preschool clients. Her specialty is the relationship between speech-language skills and academic development, especially in literacy. She has wide-ranging experience helping school teams make connections between language, classroom expectations, and literacy interventions. Karla has supported divisional systemic change towards research-based literacy practices. She has facilitated many professional development sessions both divisionally and provincially.

Jessica Harasym, PhD, MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Dr. Jessica Harasym is a senior speech-language pathologist and the Elks and Royal Purple Fund for Children Clinical Chair at the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR), and an instructor with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta. Dr. Harasym’s research pioneers the use of arts-based qualitative research methodologies in communication sciences and concussion care. She has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and presented her research at provincial, national and international conferences on the topics of post-concussion communication changes, neurocognitive assessment tools for military personnel with mild traumatic brain injury, stuttering treatment and acquired stuttering. Dr. Harasym is passionate about teaching and mentorship and enjoys speaking at public, academic, and professional events. In 2019, Dr. Harasym was honoured to serve as a committee member for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada’s position statement on the role of speech-language pathologists in concussion management.

Saturday, May 11
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Stacey N Harpell, BS, MS, CCC-SLP, RSLP

Stacey Harpell has 25 years’ experience specializing in AAC and AT. She was an associate professor at the University of Alaska. She developed several AAC clinics and consulted on AAC to Saskatoon Health Region inpatients. Her 4-year tenure at SET-BC focused on presenting various AAC topics around the province of BC. Her publications include a Provincial ALS/AAC manual, an introduction to AAC treatment manual, various papers and co-author of a chapter on assessing adults in the Fundamentals of AAC. She has presented on numerous AAC topics at the Provincial, National, and International levels. She is currently the Client Services Manager at CAYA.

Allison Hilger, PhD, CCC-SLP

Allison Hilger is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Principal Director of the CO Motor Speech Lab. Her research goals are to improve assessment and treatment of dysarthria with a specific emphasis on neurogenic diseases related to ataxic dysarthria (spinocerebellar ataxia and Friedreich’s Ataxia.

Erin Hopkins, MSc

Erin Hopkins is an S-LP who primarily works in an acute care hospital in Ontario. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) through the McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Sciences, where she completed her graduate degree. Her clinical interests include dysphagia in patients following extubation, effective dysphagia rehabilitation, and the role of S-LPs in palliative care. Erin is also working to support the creation of relevant, measurable treatment goals for patients across clinical settings through her current research.

Mathieu Hotton, PhD

Dr. Hotton is an audiologist and assistant professor at Laval University (Quebec City, QC) Institute of Geriatrics of Montreal. He has nearly 20 years of clinical experience in audiological rehabilitation. He is a clinical researcher interested in new hearing technologies and interventions for people with hearing loss. He presently works on topics such as: professional practices related to the hearing aid (HA) fitting process, the use and satisfaction with HAs, the recycling of HAs, the audiological needs assessment, and the accessibility of hearing services for seniors with hearing loss. 

Friday, May 10
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Tanis Howarth, MSc, R.Aud, Aud(C)

Tanis is a graduate of the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia. She has worked in public healthcare in Alberta throughout her career, where she has held a variety of roles, including clinical audiologist, cochlear implant service coordinator, professional practice leader, manager, and director of provincial audiology. Currently, Tanis works in Alberta Health Services in the provincial Allied Health Professions portfolio, advancing and championing allied health and rehabilitation in the health system.

Hui An Huang, MS

Hui An Huang, MS, a bilingual registered speech-language pathologist proficient in English and Mandarin, is based at Taiwan University Hospital Hsinchu Branch. Holding an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Taipei, Taiwan, she specializes in pediatric clinics and bedside adult dysphagia care, addressing language delays, autism, fluency, and articulation disorders in children. Her work also frequently involves assisting bilingual children with various communication impairments. With research interests focused on tool development, Huang is currently translating a swallowing evaluation tool into Mandarin Chinese, contributing to the field’s expanding resources. Her dedication to advancing research and assessment tools reflects her commitment to enhancing the quality of speech language pathology services in the Mandarin-speaking community.

Lorienne Jenstad, PhD, RAUD, RHIP, Aud(C)

Lorienne Jenstad is an audiologist and associate professor at the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia, where she directs the Amplification Research Lab. Her teaching and research expertise includes hearing aid processing, hearing health care for older adults, and best practices in hearing aid fitting. Her work has been funded by NSERC, CIHR, Mitacs, Vancouver Foundation, Michael Smith Health Research BC, and industrial partners. She is currently conducting research studies on hearing aid fitting and outcome measures, communication between patients and health care providers, and barriers to hearing health care access.

Vibhuti Jethava, MHSc, Reg. CASLPO

Vibhuti Jethava 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!

Saturday, May 11
9:15 am - 10:45 am
Crystal Johnson, MSc, MCP, RSLP (non-practicing), RCC

Crystal is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She has broad experience in healthcare including direct client work in acute care hospitals and rehabilitation settings and currently maintains a small counselling practice. She primarily draws upon the framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support clients to grieve losses, recognize strengths, and re-orient to what matters to them in life despite physical or emotional limitations. Crystal believes that with guidance, support and community, there is room for hope and growth in any circumstance a person may face.

Cassandra Kerr, MClSc

Cassandra Kerr is a Speech-Language Pathologist at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener, ON. She is also a writer and editor for The Informed S-LP. Her clinical experience includes working with adults with communication, swallowing and/or voice disorders in both an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation setting. She is particularly passionate about dysphagia-related quality of life and dysphagia care following cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Prior to embarking on her clinical training and career, Cassandra completed a research-based master’s degree with a focus on motor speech disorders in neurological disease.

Friday, May 10
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Crystal Klassen, MA, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Crystal has been a speech-language pathologist for 20+ years. She is currently employed as a Senior Practice Consultant with Alberta Health Services. She has worked in a variety of settings in Western Canada and the U.S. She is passionate about Communication Access and believes everyone should have a voice.

Ted Lau

Ted Lau is the CEO of Ballistic Arts, an award-winning Lead Generation Digital Marketing Agency established in 2002. Working with B2B mid-market companies across North America, Ballistic Arts offers expertise in lead generation digital marketing, graphic design, video production, and web development. Their diverse client roster includes notable names such as Vancity, Seaspan, Return-It, among others. By blending creative content with precise lead conversion data, Ballistic Arts has achieved remarkable results, increasing client leads by up to 650% and outperforming industry standard ad buys by 30-80%. Recent accolades include the Canadian Business Awards for Best Full-Service Digital Marketing Agency in BC and recognition in Canada’s Top 100 Digital Agencies by Clutch. Ted, a Coquitlam native, is a prolific content creator with his YouTube channel, You Know Ted, and co-hosting Canada’s leading national marketing podcast, Marketing News Canada.

Sophie Laurence, PhD

Sophie Laurence is currently an assistant professor at the School of Speech-Language Pathology (Orthophonie) at Laurentian University (Sudbury, ON). 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.

Penney Letsos, MClSc

Penney Letsos graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Master 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.

Brenda Lewsen, BASp, HT

Brenda Lewsen (now retired) was manager rehabilitation services, Veterans Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, ON. Prior to retiring, for 12 years, she managed an interprofessional team including staff from Audiology, Clinical Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech-Language Pathology. Before transitioning to the full-time manager role she worked as an audiologist at Sunnybrook. She began her career In the Department of Otolaryngology. Eight years later, when funding through Veterans Affairs Canada became available to enhance services for veterans living in the Veterans Centre at Sunnybrook, she was an active participant in designing and implementing full on-site Audiology Services in the Veterans Centre. Through twenty years of audiological practice followed by a management role she came to a deep appreciation of the value of comprehensive interprofessional teamwork, including hearing healthcare, in providing desirable and meaningful quality of life to veteran residents in a long-term care setting.

Yinda Liu, AuD

Yinda received her AuD in 2011 from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently works as a clinical audiologist at Sonaris Ear Centre. She provides diagnostic hearing and tinnitus evaluations and treatment solutions to the adult population and pediatric population. She is also an Audiology Advisor for Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, where she advocates for the importance of hearing health care and access. In addition to her clinical work, Yinda volunteers as a member of Help BC Hear Better Group that advocates for hearing aid funding in BC, and as a Clinical Faculty representative at UBC.

Jerry Maniate, MD, MEd, FRCPC, FACP, CCPE, CPC(HC), EMBA

Dr. Maniate is a clinician-educator at The Ottawa Hospital, and an EDIA Advisor and a researcher at the Bruyère Research Institute. He is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Member Support for the Department of Medicine at uOttawa. He is the Executive Director and Primary Investigator of the Equity in Health Systems Lab (www.eqhslab.com) which he founded in September 2021. The Lab is an international community of transdisciplinary researchers, health care professionals, educators, policymakers, learners, and patients who are seeking to make an impact on our community and health system with the work they are engaged with through a unique approach. Dr Maniate’s academic work and that of the EqHS Lab has been focused on understanding and addressing inequities, racism, and injustice in our health systems through collaborative partnerships using a scholarly lens.

Chantal Mayer-Crittenden, PhD

Chantal Mayer-Crittenden is a speech-language pathologist and associate professor at Laurentian University for the School of Orthophonie. Her research focuses on minority language acquisition and maintenance in an English-majority context and the impact of bilingualism on the language skills of children with a developmental language disorder. She is also the founder of a research and discussion group entitled Bilingualism in Ontario: Communication Disorders and Typical Development and the host of OAC Pleins feux, a French podcast for school-based S-LPs.

Gwen Merrick, MHSc, Reg. CASLPO, RP

Gwen is a speech language pathologist and a registered psychotherapist. She spent the first half of her career as a speech language pathologist working in brain injury rehab, acute care, voice and swallowing disorders. The fascinating and complex relationship between our voice and emotions inspired her to become a psychotherapist. Gwen now has a private practice in Toronto providing psychotherapy and voice therapy. She loves to meet her clients where they are. Together they create a safe, supportive space for healing, self-expression, and exploration of what it means to be human.

Pam Millett, PhD

Dr. Millett has been an educational and clinical audiologist for over 35 years in school boards in Ontario and Alberta, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Deaf and Hard of Heaing Teacher Education Program at York University. Her areas of research are in educational audiology and accommodations for postsecondary education (with a recent focus on the use of automated speech-to-text captioning). She chaired the Canadian Interorganizational Steering Group committee for the development of the Canadian Guidelines on Auditory Processing Disorder in Children and Adults: Assessment and Intervention and was awarded Honours of the Association for the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in 2015.

Michèle Minor-Corriveau, PhD

Michèle Minor-Corriveau is an associate professor at Laurentian University’s School of Speech-Language Pathology and Speech-Language Pathologist for over 25 years. She has been working with students with reading and writing difficulties or performing research on this topic for the better part of the last two decades. She is passionate about sharing best practices in reading and spelling instruction in French minority-language settings, she has co-founded and co-authored AlphaGraphe, a scope & sequence intended for teaching the alphabetic principle in French. Michèle has also co-authored the teaching resource Oral Language at your Fingertips (OSLA, 2014). She has also adapted Teaching Reading is Rocket Science (Moats, 2020) and Structured Literacy and Typical Literacy Practices (Spear-Swerling, 2018). In 2019 she received the Faculty of Health award for Excellence in Teaching. Her blog posts can be read and download all open-access resources at www.micheleminorcorriveau.com. “The right to read requires access to resources.”

Sheila Moodie, PhD

Sheila Moodie is an Associate Professor at Western University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders. She is the Director of the Family-Centred Early Intervention Lab (NCA) which has as a research focus integrated KT development, implementation, and evaluation of family-centred counselling, coaching, and support strategies for families of young children who are DHH. She also focuses on interprofessional practice and is co-instructor for an interprofessional course on professional practice issues for first year OT, PT, audiology and SLP students at Western. Sheila is the recent recipient of the Antonia Brancia Maxon award for EHDI Excellence where her work championing parent-to-parent support, education, coaching and counselling was recognized. Sheila has worked recently with international colleagues in the development of an updated international consensus statement for FCEI-DHH. Sheila is focused also on teaching the use of evidence-based counselling strategies across the lifespan.

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.

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald is a speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Her overarching research goal is to develop a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to dysphagia management that unites the biomedical and psychosocial aspects of care. Ashwini’s current research focuses on developing multidisciplinary interventions to prevent impairment and maintain swallowing function in older adults and understanding dysphagia in older adults with dementia as well as dysphagia-related caregiver burden in caregivers of older adults. She is highly motivated to conduct clinically salient research that impacts patient care to improve health and quality of life.

Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH

Dr. Nieman is an Associate Professor in the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery in the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is Core Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Principal Faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Center for Equity in Aging. Her research is directed at understanding and addressing hearing health disparities among older adults. Dr. Nieman’s work focuses on the development and implementation of a public health-driven, community-delivered approach to affordable, accessible hearing care.

Shelley Proven, MSc, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP

Shelley has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in Winnipeg since 1990. She has been a team member at the MB FASD Centre since 2003. She has extensive experience working with children and youth with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental differences in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She frequently presents on the topic of FASD nationally and internationally. She especially enjoys travelling with her team to rural communities. She is currently involved in an adult pilot project working in correctional facilities when a FASD diagnosis is being considered.

Linda Rammage, MSc, PhD, RSLP, S-LP(C)

Linda Rammage is a Registered and Nationally Certified Speech Language Pathologist who has been working exclusively in the areas of laryngeal and voice disorders for over 40 years, currently as proprietor of her private practice. She is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, UBC and an Adjunct Clinical Professor in UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. Linda is the author/co-author of numerous textbooks and textbook chapters, research papers and clinical resources including her “Vocalizing with Ease” manual, currently in its 3rd Edition.

Linda has provided professional workshops provincially, nationally and internationally in the areas of diagnosis, assessment and management of individuals with disorders of the voice and larynx. She has been involved as a leader in professional governance boards and committees throughout her career at national and provincial levels and was a founding director and chair of the BC College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals.

Friday, May 10
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Brooke Rea, MClSc, S-LP(C)

Brooke Rea is Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She owns a private practice in Guelph, ON, restricted to children with motor speech disorders and spends considerable paid and volunteer time supporting professionals and parents with CAS throughout Canada. Brooke prides herself on being a practical teaching clinician who uses video examples and humour to enhance learning. She has lectured at numerous university and college programs and has been an invited speaker at conferences and workshops across Canada to speak about Childhood Apraxia and pediatric motor speech disorders.

Brooke is a licensed speech-language pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a Certified SLP with Speech-Language & Audiology of Canada. In addition, Brooke sits on the Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Council and is the chair of Apraxia Kids Canada.

Marilyn Reed, MSc

Marilyn is an Audiologist at Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto. She obtained her master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Southampton, England in 1976 and has since worked in Canada in a variety of clinical settings, with a focus on hearing rehabilitation in older adults. She has been with Baycrest for over 25 years as a clinician and clinical researcher in hearing and cognition. Her recent projects include hearing screening in Memory Clinics and evaluating HEARS, a community-based hearing rehabilitation program for older adults in Toronto and New Brunswick.

Sari Risen, MA, CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, BCBA

Sari Risen is a speech-language pathologist and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She has had extensive experience working with individuals with complex communication needs. She is passionate about combining empirically supported practices from the SLP literature with those from applied behaviour analysis to support the developmental needs of her clients. To allow her to provide this sort of approach, she founded Action Potential Services. Sari has a strong focus on supporting child language and speech motor skill development. Having conducted her master’s thesis in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), Sari has always had a strong interest in this area. Sari is also passionate about providing care for individuals with Pediatric Feeding Disorder. Sari engages in teaching at the university level by facilitating teaching clinics and clinical laboratory sessions at the University of Toronto. Sari serves on the Board of Directors of Speech Pathology Applied Behavior Analysis (SPABA).

Friday, May 10
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Elissa Robb, MSc, Aud(C), RAUD, RHIP

Elissa has been practicing audiology for more than 10 years and is the District Audiologist for School District 43 in Coquitlam, BC. Prior to this, she worked at a multi-faceted, not-for-profit organization focusing on adult amplification. She is a Clinical Instructor with UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. Since 2013, she has served on provincial committees advising about accessibility for Deaf and hard of hearing students in post-secondary education. Elissa was awarded the CAEDHH – BC Advocacy Award for her work with students. Her passion for accessibility stems from personal experience navigating post-secondary studies with hearing loss. Elissa is a lifetime member of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and served on the Vancouver Branch board from 20142019. She currently serves on the CHHA Scholarship Committee.

Frank Russo, PhD

Dr. Russo is a Full Professor of Psychology, NSERC-Sonova Senior Industrial Research Chair in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, and Director of the SMART Lab at Toronto Metropolitan University. He serves as the Chief Science Officer for LUCID, an AI-driven software-as-a-service company developing music-based digital therapeutics, and as Scientific Director of SingWell, an international research network with a mission to understand, inform, and inspire choirs for individuals living with communication challenges. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has received over 8M CAD in lifetime funding as a PI. His research investigates the neuro-cognitive, neuro-affective, and socio-biological aspects of music, speech, and hearing. He is a Fellow of Massey College, the Canadian Society for Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association. He presently serves as an Associate Editor at three academic journals: Frontiers in Psychology (Emotion Science), Frontiers in Neuroscience (Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience) and Music Perception.

Nadia Sandor, MSc, Reg. CASLPO, Aud(C)

Nadia Sandor is an audiologist at the Veteran’s Centre in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, ON. She provides collaborative service on an interprofessional health care team in a long-term care teaching hospital setting. Prior to 2020, Nadia worked for over 30 years at Mount Sinai Hospital and subsequently for two years at Baycrest Health Sciences, delivering client and family centered care with a geriatric focus.

Mary Ann Schouten, MSLP, reg. CASLPO, S-LP(C)

Mary Ann Schouten is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Manager of Communication, Language and Speech Services at the Upper Grand District School Board. Mary Ann’s passion for oral language facilitation and emergent literacy instruction has led to the development of the Language Intervention Through Engaging Stories (LITES) program and the Evaluation of Phonological Awareness and Phonics Skills (EPPS). Both resources use assessment to drive intervention and monitor progress. She is deeply grateful to the speech language pathologists, communicative disorders assistants, educators and researchers who collaborated on this work. Together, they brought research to practice in the most creative way.

Friday, May 10
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Susan Scollie, PhD, Reg. CASLPO

Dr. Scollie is a clinically trained Audiologist and Professor of Audiology in Western’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has served as the Director of the National Centre for Audiology since 2018, where she represents an interdisciplinary group of researchers who are interested in the technologies and evidence that change clinical practices and knowledge in hearing healthcare. Dr. Scollie is an award-winning teacher, having contributed to coursework in many facets of Western’s accredited professional program in Audiology, which is the largest in North America. As a member of the development team for the award-winning DSL hearing aid prescription software, she leads technology transfer to ensure its accurate implementation within the hearing industry globally.

Friday, May 10
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Grace Shyng, MSc, Aud(C), RAUD, RHIP

Grace is a Registered Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Practitioner in BC, and a Clinical Assistant Professor with the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. She is the co-founder and Director of Audiology at Network Hearing Health, a comprehensive audiology private practice in Port Coquitlam, BC. Grace has nearly 30 years of clinical experience and has worked in many different roles, including Clinical Audiologist, Head of Audiology and Executive Director of a non-profit organization. Her areas of interest include hearing health and aging, amplification, tinnitus management, and communication accessibility. Throughout her career, Grace has actively volunteered and served on many audiology and professional committees. Currently, she is co-chairing an initiative to create a provincial funding program for hearing health services and hearing aids in BC.

Kristen Smith, MClSc, Reg. CASLPO, S-LP(C)

Kristen Smith is a Speech-Language Pathologist on the Communication, Language and Speech Services team at Upper Grand District School Board. Kristen’s work on the “Language Intervention Through Engaging Stories” (LITES) program has been informed by her passion for oral language and emergent literacy. Collaborating with Communicative Disorders Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists, she has led the development of lesson plans for the LITES program. Additionally, Kristen provides professional development to educators aimed at supporting their implementation of high leverage oral language facilitation strategies in the classroom.

Deidre Sperry, MSc, S-LP

Deidre has practiced as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 30 years. She is licensed to practice in Ontario and in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has been a part-time Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University for the last seven years coordinating several units of Problem Based Learning Tutorials. In both her clinical and academic work, Deidre is dedicated to the practical and functional components of our field. She has presented her work both internationally and here at home. With colleagues, she has published assessment tools, treatment tools and information programs to have people appreciate and respect the importance of communication in the real world. She is active as chair of the ABI Special Interest Group of SAC-OSLA.

Thursday, May 9
4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Peter Stelmacovich, BSc, MClSc, MHSc

Peter Stelmacovich is a consultant and owner of the Stelmacovich Consulting Group (SCG). He has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Clinical Science Degree in Audiology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. He has held clinical audiology roles in hospitals, private practices, and educational audiology. For the past 25 years he has held various sales and management positions for major hearing aid manufacturers including Oticon and Phonak. He has been a speaker at conferences on hearing loss across North America and Internationally including events in Shanghai China, Phoenix, AZ, Chicago, IL, Berlin, Germany and Manchester, UK. In his current role at SCG, Peter provides educational audiology services for school boards, accommodation consulting for employees with hearing loss. By combining his personal lived experience as a person with hearing loss, his academic training and professional work experiences, Peter is uniquely positioned to provide fulsome and practical solutions to the communication challenges of hearing loss.

Audette Sylvestre, Ph. D.

Audette Sylvestre est orthophoniste, professeure titulaire au programme de maitrise en orthophonie de l’Université Laval et chercheure régulière au Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale (CIRRIS). Sa programmation de recherche porte sur le développement du langage chez les enfants d’âge préscolaire et sur les comportements parentaux qui le favorise. Elle s’intéresse particulièrement à l’étude des relations entre le contexte familial et social des enfants et leur développement langagier, notamment la négligence envers les enfants.

Lauren Tittley, MHSc, S-LP(C)

Lauren Tittley is Faculty Lecturer and Coordinator of Clinical Education in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) at McGill University. Her role includes the teaching of clinical competencies, organization and monitoring of clinical placements, and training and support of clinical educators. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and supervises students herself in the SCSD acquired language disorders teaching clinic.

Saturday, May 11
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Lois Turner, MS, RSLP, CCC‐SLP, ATP

Lois Turner is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working for over 35 years as a specialist in AAC and AT. Her publications include contributing authorship to the BC AAC Expanded Core Curriculum, SAC‐OAC Position Statement on AAC, the CAYA CAAP (assessment protocol) and the communication access disability symbol (through Communication Disabilities Access Canada). She has served on several boards and executives, provided feedback to the provincial government, and is a co‐author of a chapter on assessing adults in the textbook Fundamentals of AAC: A Case‐Based Approach to Enhancing Communication, by Hall, Juengling‐Sudkamp, Gutmann, Cohn, Plural Publishing, 2022. Lois is the co‐founder and current Program Manager at CAYA (Communication Assistance for Youth & Adults), a province‐wide service program that supports the AAC communication needs of adults whose speech doesn’t meet their needs, in BC.

Sandra Vandenhoff, AuD, R.Aud

Sandra Vandenhoff has practiced as an audiologist for 30 years. She started her career at the Department of Health on Prince Edward Island, and then moved to Kamloops, BC where she worked in private practice, fitting hearing aids. She has worked in the manufacturing industry for Phonak and Cochlear, and most recently as an educational audiologist for 16 years. Sandra received her speechreading instructor training from the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association. She is currently self-employed through her business called HEARa, which stands for Hearing Education and Rehabilitation for Adults, focusing on aural rehab.

Colleen Varcoe, RN, PhD

Dr. Varcoe is a professor emeritus in the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Her work aims to decrease inequity and violence including interpersonal and structural forms of violence such as racism and stigma related to poverty, pain and substance use. Her research includes studies of the risks for and health effects of violence, and promoting health for women who experience violence, especially Indigenous women. She has developed diverse interventions including an app for women and service providers working with women experiencing violence.

Susan J. Wagner, BSc (SPA), MSc (CD), Reg. CASLPO, S-LP(C)

Susan is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (UT) and a Coordinator of Clinical Education. She supports students and clinical educators in optimizing learning and received the inaugural Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Mentorship Award for her leadership in clinical education. As the inaugural Faculty Lead – Curriculum at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE), UT, Susan and her colleagues led the development and implementation of the requisite IPE curriculum for 11 health science professional programs and the Susan J. Wagner Student Leadership Award in Interprofessional Education was created in her honour. She has been an investigator on a variety of research projects, such as the development of the Canadian Assessment of Clinical Competence (ACC), and has published in IPE, including a new model of assessment. Susan is a graduate of the University of Alberta and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Julie Wambaugh, PhD, CCC/SLP

Julie Wambaugh is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah. She has studied the treatment of apraxia of speech (AOS) for more than 30 years. She and her colleagues have developed and tested several treatments for verbal production deficits in AOS and aphasia. She is a former president of the Academy of Neurologic Disorders and Sciences, VA Research Career Scientist, is an ASHA Fellow and ANCDS Honoree.