SAC Clinical Research Grants - Past Recipients

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

2020 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipient

2019 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipient

2018 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipient

2017 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipient

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 


2020 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipient

Angela Feehan
Diagnostic accuracy of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) in children with psychiatric conditions

The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) shows excellent diagnostic accuracy when used with children suspected of having either Autism or language/intellectual delays; however, its accuracy is yet to be established in those with psychiatric conditions. This study will determine the sensitivity and specificity of the ADOS-2 in pediatric psychiatry patients.

2019 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Teresa Kazemir
Parent perspective on factors that influence use of bone anchored hearing devices for infants and young children (birth-school age) with microtia/atresia

Hearing with two ears is better than one. That said, consensus is lacking on recommendations around hearing devices for young children who have unilateral hearing loss. This study will explore factors influencing parents’ decision-making around hearing devices for young children with microtia/atresia to help create standardized, evidence-based recommendations.

Heather Tomlinson
Capping an ICAP: Exploring the Impact of an Adapted Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program in a Non-Profit Setting
The purpose of the proposed study is to answer the following research questions: 1) What is the impact of an adapted ICAP on communication impairments and life-participation outcomes for clients living with chronic aphasia? 2) Is a modified ICAP feasible to implement within the context of a non-profit rehabilitation center?

Rebecca Cliffe-Polacco
Development of a Survey about Dysphagia and Oral Health Management in Long-Term Care
Texture modified diets (TMDs) are recommended to manage swallowing impairment, but overuse increases risk for malnutrition and dehydration. We will engage long-term care (LTC) staff in developing and piloting a survey instrument to understand how access to swallowing and oral health assessment services impacts TMD use in Canadian LTC facilities.

2018 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Tina Vallentin
Integrating Telepractice into Post-Stroke Hospital Based Outpatient Rehabilitation: A pilot study

This mixed methods research will investigate the use of telepractice by adults with communication disorders following a stroke. The primary research questions relate to feasibility, satisfaction and usability of participants’ personal technology in their homes. An interpretative description framework will be used to analyze post-treatment interviews to understand participant perspectives.

Jacqueline Lim
Talking and drawing: Building oral language skills through a parent-child journaling activity in Northern Saskatchewan
This pilot study will identify the effects of implementing a home-preschool journaling program, on children’s oral language and emergent literacy outcomes. Each week, parents will encourage their children to draw and talk about a picture of a family experience and educators will facilitate classrooms discussions about the drawings at preschool.

2017 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

Aura Kagan
Evaluation of the Basic Outcome Measure Protocol for Aphasia (BOMPA)

The Basic Outcome Measure Protocol for Aphasia (BOMPA) is a quick and efficient tool designed for both community and rehabilitation SLPs. The BOMPA will capture outcomes of interventions that focus on conversation, participation and quality of life for people with aphasia. This study evaluates SLP inter-rater reliability of videotaped BOMPA assessments.

Rebecca Perlin
Pediatric Feeding and Dysphagia Service Provision in Canada  
This investigation will utilize online self-administered survey methodology to obtain a comprehensive picture of SLP involvement in paediatric feeding and dysphagia services across Canada. The primary goals will be to derive an up-to-date description of SLP practice and identify perceived barriers and opportunities to maximize paediatric feeding and dysphagia services.

2016 SAC Clinical Research Grant Recipients

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

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  
​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


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 

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  
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

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  
​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 
​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) 
​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

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
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

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.

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
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
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