Speakers

Joan Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S

Joan C. Arvedson is Program Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a clinical professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has written three books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Arvedson is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric dysphagia.

Staci Cooper, M.SLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Staci Cooper is a registered speech-language pathologist who works at Meridian Rehabilitation Consulting in Kelowna, BC. Staci has worked with both pediatric and adult populations over the past 14 years and previously taught in a S-LP Therapist Assistant program. Her clinical interests are in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), autism spectrum disorder, imaginative play and dysphagia rehabilitation.

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

Dr. Coyle is a professor of Communication Science and Disorders and Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. He co-developed the department’s clinical doctorate program in Medical Speech Language Pathology and teaches Master’s and doctoral S-LP students in classrooms, hospitals and clinics. He is a Board Certified Specialist in swallowing disorders and an ASHA Fellow.

Edie Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Hapner is a professor in the Caruso Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Southern California and is a founding member of the USC Voice Center. She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers, multiple chapters and a video teaching tool for clinicians. Dr. Hapner is also a co-editor of Voice and Voice Disorders, Clinical Case Studies.

Lisa B. Mitchell, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lisa Mitchell is an ASHA certified, NH New Hampshire licensed pediatric speech-language pathologist. She is the clinical director and co-owner of Clearly Speaking, a pediatric outpatient clinic with three clinics located across the state of New Hampshire. She is recognized by the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) for her advanced training and clinical expertise in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Although Mitchell’s interest is working with preschool children with CAS and other speech sound disorders, she has a wide range of experience treating children of all ages. She is passionate about working closely with families and professionals to maximize the effectiveness of therapy.

Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD

Kathy Pichora-Fuller is a professor at the University of Toronto. She studies auditory, cognitive and social factors in aging and rehabilitation, including work on the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging. Dr. Pichora-Fuller co-chaired the 2016 World Congress of Audiology and won the AAA International Award in 2014.

Patricia Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Patricia Prelock is Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and a professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders and Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock researches the nature and treatment of autism, specifically interventions that support the social cognition in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Jay Rosenbek, PhD

Jay Rosenbek is a professor emeritus at the University of Florida. He maintains an active consultation practice and provides continuing education world-wide. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has received that group’s honors as well as the Honors of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences. In addition, ASHA has given him the Kiwana Publication Award and the ASHA Foundation awarded him the Kleffner Career Clinic Award. He maintains a modest research career and, after 47 years of practice, he remains most proud of his daily clinical achievements.

Louis Rossetti, PhD

Dr. Rossetti is Professor Emeritus of Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He is an internationally recognized authority on services to infants, toddlers and their families and frequently presents at professional conferences throughout the world. Dr. Rossetti is the author of five books on infants and toddlers with special needs.  He is also the author of the Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale, the most widely used communication assessment scale for children under three years of age. He is the founding editor of Infant Toddler Intervention: The Transdisciplinary Journal, and has been named a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Gurjit Singh, PhD

Gurjit Singh is a Senior Research Audiologist working in long-term research at Sonova Holding AG, the largest developer and manufacturer of hearing impairment technologies in the world. Dr. Singh is an adjunct professor at both Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

Elin Thordardottir, PhD

Elin Thordardottir completed her M.S. 1994 and PhD 1998 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and audiologist. She has been a professor at McGill University since 1998 and a researcher at ReykjavikurAkademian in Iceland since 2003. Dr. Thordardottir also teaches regularly at the University of Iceland and the University of Alberta and has a leading role in European multi-country research (currently COST Action IS1406). She is frequently invited to give lectures to practitioners and continuing education workshops all over the world. Dr. Thordardottir’s research has focused on language development and language impairment in Icelandic-, English- and French-speaking children, and on bilingual children and second language speakers with and without language impairment. Dr. Thordardottir has authored language assessment tests and intervention materials.

Sharon Walker, Ed.D., MSLP

Sharon Walker is a manager with a public school board in Alberta. She has over 15 years of experience working in the fields of speech-language pathology and education. In her current role, she leads the work of the speech-language services team in supporting all preschool and kindergarten children in the school district.

Geraldine Wallach, PhD, CCC-SLP

Geraldine P. Wallach is a professor and thesis coordinator in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California. She teaches courses in childhood and school-age language disorders, assessment, phonology, and language development. She has published widely on school-age language disorders, including her most recent book Language Intervention for school-age students: Setting goals for academic success.  She is an editor of the recent text Handbook of Language and Literacy: Development and Disorders (NY: Guilford Press, 2014). She has also been one of three Americans involved in a teacher-training project in Guangzhou, China. She prides herself in being a school-based professional and is committed to issues in education and to the expanding role of speech-language pathologists in literacy.

Gail M. Whitelaw, PhD

Gail M. Whitelaw is an audiologist and is the Clinic Director at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. For the past 34 years, working with children has been a significant aspect of Dr. Whitelaw’s clinical work. She has worked with children as a significant aspect of her clinical practice for the past 34 years. Her clinical experience includes hearing aid fitting and follow-up, auditory processing assessment and management, technology consultation, and counseling children with hearing loss and their families. She has also been an educational audiology consultant for numerous districts in Central Ohio for more than 20 years.