SAC Clinical Research Grants - Past Recipients

Category: 
Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology

Launched in 2006, SAC's Clinical Research Grants Program provides grants to SAC members to support an increase in the clinical evidence base in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology in Canada. Learn more.

Past Clinical Research Grant Recipients

2016 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipient

2015 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipient

2014 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients 

2013 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

2012 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

2011 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

2010 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

2009 Clinical Research Grant Recipients

2008 Clinical Research Grant Recipients

2007 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients 
 

 


 

2016 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Deidre Mander
SLPs and ECEs Collaborating to Support All Children: A Pilot Study Using Universal Design for Learning 
Abstract: 

This pilot study will explore how Universal Design for Learning, an evidence-informed framework for supporting all learners (CAST, 2016), could be used to facilitate collaboration between Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Childhood Educators working in Ottawa-Carleton Headstart Association for Preschools to provide class wide supports for communication development. 

Vicky Papioannou 
Vestibulotoxicity after pediatric cancer treatment  
Abstract: 
​The current study will examine the vestibulotoxic effects of platinum based therapies, cranical radiation, surgery and related sepsis treatments in pediatric long-term cancer survivors.  Forty children from the long-term survivor group will prospectively have their vestibular function evaluated as part of their ongoing monitoring of hearing sensitivity.

 2015 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipient

Michel Comeau

Prevalence and Remediation of Spatial Processing Disorder in Children with Cleft Lip and Palate

Abstract:

Spatial processing disorder (SPD) is a relatively new disorder that may be missed by many healthcare providers. The objectives of this study are to determine the rate of SPD in children who have cleft palate and to determine if this problem can be remediated with the LiSN & Learn program.

2014 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Myriam Beauchamp
The Effect of Bilingualism on Executive Functions and the Theory of Mind in Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Pilot Project 
Abstract: 

Our pilot project aims to examine whether bilingualism produces a cognitive advantage with respect to inhibitory executive functions in children with autism spectrum disorder, similar to the cognitive advantages found in bilingual neurotypical children. 

Catherine Dench 
Adapting the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory for Inuktitut  
Abstract: 
There is a critical lack of assessments available to S-LPs and others serving Inuit children. This project seeks to develop a linguistically and culturally appropriate version of the "CDI: Words & Sentences", using data from language samples of Inuktitut-speaking children, and with the input and involvement of Inuit informants in Nunavik. 

2013 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Robin Gaines
A National Survey of Canadian Speech-Language Pathologists Working in Schools
Abstract: 

Inclusive education is changing the landscape of school-based speech-language pathology services. This survey will gather critical evidence about the role of Canadian school-based SLPs — what services they provide and to whom; the models of service delivery they use; how they collaborate with educators; and the factors that impact service provision. 

Alla Sorokin 
Clinical trial at the Université de Montréal  
Abstract: 
​A prospective randomized single-blind controlled clinical trial of 70 children (6-14 years) at the Université de Montréal will study the efficacy of myofunctional therapy and its orthodontic long-term outcomes. It is expected that treating tongue position and lip closure at rest is sufficient for an efficient myofunctional and orthodontic therapy. 

2012 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Kate Chase
​Social Communication and Autism Treatment 
Abstract:
​This study investigates the treatment received by children with autism, and their development of social communication. Parents of 3- and 4-year-old children will complete surveys at three intervals in the first year after diagnosis. We assess social communication, home/community participation, and therapies received; relationships between these factors are explored.

Amberley Ostevik
Manufacturer recommended targets versus Desired Sensation Level (DSL) prescription fittings for individuals with single-sided deafness (SSD) and Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices (BAHDS) 
Abstract:
​A bone-anchored hearing device (BAHD) is currently the de facto treatment for single-sided deafness (SSD). However, there exists no established evidence-based protocol for fitting/prescribing amplification for this population. In this study, participants will undergo objective and subjective outcomes measures under different fitting rationales to measure and report differences. No existing studies have researched or compared the manufacturer's settings to an established prescription (DSL) for the SSD population.

SAC would like to thank BMS Canada for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2012 Saint Elizabeth Clinical Research Grant Recipient

Mary-Ellen Thompson
Moving Forward After Traumatic Brain Injury: Maximizing Potential By Sharing Experiences and Strategies
Abstract:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the major causes of disability among Canadians under 40 years of age. Post-injury, many individuals experience social isolation. Through a combination of qualitative methods, the objectives are to explore TBI in the context of psychosocial issues and reintegration into family and community post-injury.

SAC would like to thank Saint Elizabeth for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2011 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Li Qi
Using 1000-Hz Tympanometry to Reduce False-positive Rates in Newborn Hearing Screening
Abstract:
This study is aimed to answer if 1000-Hz typanometry approach is as effective in NICU babies as in healthy full term age group and how to integrate this approach efficiently with the current existing tests in newborn hearing screening. The outcome of this study may reduce the false positive rates.

SAC would like to thank AON for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2011 Saint Elizabeth Clinical Research Grant Recipient

Brea Chouinard
The Behavioural and Neurobiological Impact of Computer Based Language Training in Chronic Aphasia

Abstract:
Brain Fitness is a commercially available software program that has the potential to be a novel, cost-effective, community-based treatment. Our project is part of a larger study that will use fMRI and standardized S-LP assessments before and after completion of Brain Fitness to evaluate changes in people with aphasia.

SAC would like to thank Saint Elizabeth for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2010 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Kathy Packford
Remote ABR via Telehealth: A study in improving patient access to audiology services.

Abstract:
This research will involve provision of diagnostic Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) services from the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (Alberta) via telehealth to patients referred for this testing from more remote or distant areas and to measure the efficacy of this method of service delivery using a questionnaire.

Noreen Simmons
The impact of cochlear implantation on parents' communication choices for their preschoolers
Abstract:
Secondary data of preschool children with cochlear implants will be analyzed to identify age at implantation, mode of communication before and after implantation, and language outcomes. Results from the study will provide information on the impact of changing technology and early identification on the mode of communication choices used with Deaf/hearing loss children.

SAC would like to thank AON for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2010 Community Rehab Inc. Clinical Research Grant Recipient

Merrill Tanner
Vocalization therapy for speech and voice disorders in idiopathic Parkinson's disease
Abstract:
A single group pretest-posttest study will examine a vocalization and choral singing program designed to improve the voices and speech of 32 people with Parkinson's disease. Participants attend two sessions per week for six weeks. Outcomes to be examined include communication functioning (perceptually judged voice quality and self assessed intelligibility) and voice related quality of life in community living.

SAC would like to thank Community Rehab Inc. for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2009 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Marshall Chasin
Of the many differences between languages, subject-object-verb (SOV) languages such as Korean have post-positions which tend to have lower intensity than English (or SVO) prepositions. Marshall Chasin's research will test the hypothesis that compression circuitry should be set to yield more gain for low level inputs for Korean than for English.

Mojgan Owliaey (co-recipient Benoît Jutras)
Mojgan Owliaey along with Benoît Jutras will focus their research on auditory processing. The research questions they will investigate are the following: How do children with an APD benefit from hearing in noise training, in terms of neurophysiology and auditory behaviours? Does therapy impact on the social participation of children with an APD?

SAC would like to thank AON for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2009 Community Rehab Inc. Clinical Research Grant Recipient

Vaneysa Hansen
The purpose of Vaneysa Hansen's research study is to determine the effect of specific respiratory muscle training on speech intelligibility, vocal intensity, maximal respiratory pressures, lung volume and communication success in 5 patients with Parkinson's. Subjects will train on a device for 10 weeks in an ABAB within-subject withdrawal design study.

SAC would like to thank Community Rehab Inc. for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2008 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Shelagh May Davies 
Shelagh's research will focus on furthering the development of the Transgender Self-evaluation Voice Questionnaire (TSEQ) by evaluating its concurrent and face validity, internal consistency and test-retest reliability.

Deidre Sperry
Deidre's research will focus on beginning the final phase of psychometric testing of the Self Assessment of Communication Skills (SACS) (i.e., reliability and validity) as a useful measure of functional communication to be used by S-LPs with acquired brain injury clients.

SAC would like to thank AON for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2008 Community Rehab Inc. Clinical Research Grant Recipient

Lynn Dales
University of Western Ontario.
Lynn's graduate research is based on the use of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems and how they can be used to encourage phonological and semantic development in children diagnosed with autism. There is currently little research that exists in this area and little understanding of the benefits that AAC systems may have on language development.

SAC would like to thank Community Rehab Inc. for their generous sponsorship and support of clinical research in Canada.

2007 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Stephen Fraser
Stephen’s clinical research is on the effect of chin down positioning on aspiration/penetration in adults with dysphagia.

Nicole Moore
Nicole’s research focused on evaluation of an adaptive integrated model of speech and language services in Headstart preschools