Alvin Law, Motivational Speaker and Bestselling Author
For Alvin Law, having no arms as a child was little more than an obstacle. His family taught him that he could be whatever he wanted to be, and that anything was possible with hard work and a proper attitude. Today, Alvin is one of Canada’s most sought-after inspirational speakers. With a mission to spark a worldwide Attitude Revolution, he uses his story to challenge and inspire people to rewrite the negative stories they tell themselves — to stop feeling like victims in their lives and get proactive, and to stop making excuses and start making choices. On stage, he shares secrets conquering life’s many challenges.
Lisa Archibald, PhD
Lisa worked as a clinical speech-language pathologist for more than 15 years providing services to children and adults in schools, hospitals and other facilities. Currently an associate professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, Lisa studies links between memory and language processes in individuals with communication disorders. In particular, she is interested in working memory and language learning deficits in children. Recently, she has focused on school-based collaborations between S-LPs and educators, and has been part of an international team of researchers and stakeholders considering terminology and profiles for children with unexplained, persistent language disorders.
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.
Myriam Beauchamp, PhD Candidate
Myriam L. H. Beauchamp has been a practicing speech-language pathologist and a PhD candidate at l’Université de Montréal under the mentorship of Dr. Andrea MacLeod. Her research examines the impact of bilingualism on language development and on executive functioning in neurotypical children and in children with autism spectrum disorder.
Stéphanie Beaulieu, B.Sc.S. (candidate)
Stéphanie Beaulieu, B. Sc. S., est étudiante de deuxième année à la maîtrise en orthophonie de l’Université Laurentienne. Elle a rédigé son projet de recherche au niveau du baccalauréat sous la direction de Dre Manon Robillard et l’a présenté à plusieurs conférences, dont : ACFAS 2016, OAC 2016 et ISAAC 2016.
Roxanne Bélanger, M.H.Sc., PhD
Roxanne is a practicing speech-language pathologist with 15 years of clinical experience in neonatology and pediatric settings. She is an assistant professor and lectures in the undergraduate and graduate programs in speech-language pathology at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. In 2013, she successfully completed her doctoral studies, studying neurodevelopmental outcomes of children born prematurely. Roxanne’s research interests also include the influence of memory, attention and executive functioning on language development in the preschool and school-age period. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on this topic.
Wenonah Campbell, M.Sc., PhD
Wenonah Campbell, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Master’s of Speech-Language Pathology program in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Wenonah's work focuses on studying school-based models of collaborative service delivery, including models that incorporate tiered services and universal design for learning.
Alexandra Carling, PhD, S-LP, Reg. CASLPO
Alexandra is the Director of Professional Practice and Quality Assurance at the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She completed her doctoral and post-doctoral work in Toronto. Before her doctoral studies, Alexandra was manager of speech language pathology services for the Niagara Health System.
Sarah is a practising speech-language pathologist with 30 years of experience in several areas of practice. She currently works part time with outpatient adults in the Niagara region. She also works part time as an S-LP advisor in the areas of professional practice and quality assurance for the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).
Gabriela Constantinescu, M.Sc., PhD Candidate
Gabriela Constantinescu is Co-Lead of the Head and Neck Surgery Functional Outcomes Program at the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine in Alberta. In her doctoral research at the University of Alberta, Gabi contributed to the development and evaluation of a mobile health device for swallowing therapy.
Laura Conway, M.Sc.(A), SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Laura Conway is a speech-language pathologist at Providence Healthcare in Toronto. She has worked in several hospitals in Newfoundland and Ontario with a wide range of adult populations over the past decade. Laura has particular interest in palliative care and was part of SAC’s end-of-life care working group.
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.
Holly Duchow, M.Sc., R.SLP, S-LP(C)
Holly earned a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from the University of Victoria and a Master’s of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences from the University of British Columbia. She worked as a speech-language pathologist with the Surrey School District in B.C. for 10 years before moving to Alberta in 2006 to join AHS Children’s Rehabilitation Services – Central Zone. Holly became an area lead for Children’s Rehab in 2009. She is interested in a collaborative team approach to providing services for children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Her interest in DCD stems from her son having received a DCD diagnosis at the age of 7.
Cassidy Fleming, B.Sc.
Cassidy Fleming is currently working toward a combined M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology and PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Alberta. Her research interests lie in the area of speech production and reading, specifically in motor speech disorders.
Viviane Grandpierre, M.A., PhD
Viviane Grandpierre is a PhD candidate in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She also has a master’s degree in applied linguistics and discourse studies. Viviane’s research focuses on cultural competence in pediatric hearing loss services. The research she is presenting today stems from her doctoral dissertation.
Sharon Halldorson, D.Sc.
Sharon Halldorson is a speech-language pathologist with a doctorate in communication disorders, obtained from Boston University in 1993. Sharon has researched, published and presented on language-learning disorders, literacy and collaborative service delivery in schools. She is currently a student services director in the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg.
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.
Teresa Hardy, S-LP(C), PhD Candidate
Teresa Hardy is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta and a speech-language pathologist with Alberta Health Services. Her work is focused on helping transgender people modify their communication to align with their gender identity and identifying communication-based predictors of gender attribution.
Esther Kim, PhD, R.SLP, CCC-SLP
Esther Kim, PhD, R.SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta and is a co-founder of the Alberta Aphasia Camp. Her research interests include remediation of written language and factors related to improving outcomes for individuals with aphasia.
Alanna Lindsay, M.Sc., R.SLP, S-LP(C)
Alanna completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University Alberta of Augustana Campus in 2012 and her Master’s of Science in speech-language pathology and audiology at the University of Alberta in 2014. She is currently working as an S-LP for Alberta Health Services (AHS) Children’s Rehabilitation Services — Central Zone. Alanna’s background is in grounded theory research and she is presently excited about the opportunity to complete prevalence-like research as part of a Research Challenge Project for AHS. She has a special interest in fluency disorders and learning more about childhood apraxia of speech.
Alison McInnes, PhD, R.SLP, S-LP(C)
Alison McInnes is a member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where she teaches pre-service and graduate courses in special education. Prior to her post-graduate research training at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children, she practiced as a speech-language pathologist in public schools and hospitals. Her clinical and research interests focus on the communication, literacy learning and mental health challenges of children with ADHD, developmental language disorders and learning disabilities. In Ontario and Alberta, she has collaborated on a number of teacher-professional development initiatives involving literacy and adapted instruction.
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.
Laura Moorer, M.A., CCC-SLP
Laura L. Moorer is recognized by the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) for Advanced Training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and teaches the motor speech disorders graduate class at Texas Woman’s University. She is completing research and overseeing assessments and provision of services for children with CAS, including an intensive motor planning camp each summer.
Taslim Moosa, MClSc, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Taslim Moosa is a speech-language pathologist with 22 years of clinical experience. She currently works as a clinical educator and lecturer in the graduate speech-language pathology program at Western University. Over her 15 years at Western she has focused on promoting excellence in clinical education, supporting clinical supervisors and developing interprofessional education opportunities.
Kimberly Mory, M.A., CCC-SLP
Kimberly Mory, M.A., CCC-SLP, is an associate clinical professor at Texas Woman’s University and has been a speech-language pathologist for more than 30 years. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes and supervises students in clinical practicums. Kimberly’s expertise includes treatment of children and adults with neurological disorders and pediatric and adult dysphagia.
Laura Murray, PhD
Laura L. Murray, PhD, is a professor and Director of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University. She teaches courses on aging and neurogenic communication disorders. Laura’s research interests include examining how cognitive deficits interact with language abilities in aphasia, right hemisphere disorders and progressive neurological diseases.
Mansoureh Nickbakht, BAud., MA Rehab Admin
Mansoureh is a PhD student at The University of Queensland, Australia. She has a bachelor’s degree in audiology and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Administration. Before starting her PhD, Mansoureh worked as an audiologist for 12 years in Iran. Her research focuses on family-centered care for children with hearing loss.
Joseph B. Orange, PhD, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Dr. J.B. Orange is a professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. His research addresses language and cognitive-communication disorders of adults and older adults with a special emphasis on discourse, conversation and communication of individuals with various forms of dementia and aphasia.
Maureen Penko, M.Sc.
Maureen Penko is a speech-language pathologist with a Master’s of Science in communication disorders from Minot State University, which she obtained in 1977. She has been a clinician/administrator in the medical sector. Maureen has published research on infant language development and cleft palate. She is currently working in private practice and Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg.
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).
Anila Punnoose, M.Sc., S-LP(C)
Anila is a speech-language pathologist graduate from Dalhousie University and has been a proud SAC member for 35 years. She is currently the Chief of Speech, Language and Hearing Services at the Durham District School Board in Ontario. Anila enjoys collaborating on innovative models using evidence-based practices and sharing these with peers.
Jana Rieger, PhD
Dr. Jana Rieger is the Director of Research at the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine and a professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. Through funding from the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Dr. Rieger and her team are developing mobile technologies for dysphagia rehabilitation.
Manon Robillard, M.Sc.S., PhD, membre d’OAOO
Manon Robillard, PhD, is an associate professor for the School of Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University in Canada. She is also a speech-language pathologist with many years of clinical experience. Her research interests include the impact of cognition on the ability to navigate an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device and the core vocabulary of francophone and bilingual children.
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.
Kayla Roth, B.Ed., M.Sc. OT(C)
Kayla holds a Bachelor of Elementary Education Degree and a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta. She was introduced to Developmental Coordination Disorder and its impacts through the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Children’s Rehabilitation Services where she has worked as an occupation therapist since 2012. As a member of the Children's Rehab East DCD Resource Team, Kayla works with families, teachers and other clinicians to support children with DCD in their daily activities.
Sylvia Schell, B.Sc., PT
Sylvia earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation in Physical and Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a physical therapist most of her career. For the past 15 years, she has worked in community pediatrics with Alberta Health Services (AHS) Children’s Rehabilitation Services – Central Zone. Along with being a clinician with the neurodevelopmental diagnostic clinic in Camrose, Sylvia is also an area lead for two multidisciplinary rehab teams and is the Professional Practice Lead for pediatric physical therapy. She is passionate about ensuring that children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and their families receive timely diagnosis and the best practice support to ensure successful participation.
Lynne Sinclair, B.Sc., MA
Lynne Sinclair is the Innovative Program and External Development Lead at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Interprofessional Education, a physical therapist and an educational consultant. She also holds an assistant professor appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto where she has more than 20 years of experience on the Faculty of Medicine. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Interprofessional Education Scholar-in-Residence at The School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College. Lynne’s passion for interprofessional care and education was ignited during her seven years at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where she was the Director of Education for twelve health disciplines.
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.
Melissa Stockholm, M.S., CCC-SLP
Melissa Stockholm, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is an associate clinical professor and Clinic Director for Texas Woman’s University’s Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic. She has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level since 2007. Melissa’s clinical expertise is in the areas of language literacy and childhood apraxia of speech.
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.
Susan J. Wagner, B.Sc., M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, S-LP(C)
Susan is an associate professor in the teaching stream at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto (UT) where she is also the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and Coordinator of Clinical Education. She was the first recipient of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (now SAC) Mentorship Award for her leadership in clinical education. As the inaugural Faculty Lead – Curriculum at the Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE) at UT, Susan and her colleagues led the development and implementation of the requisite IPE curriculum for 11 health science professional programs. The Susan J. Wagner Student Leadership Award in Interprofessional Education was created in her honour and she received the inaugural Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Education through the Centre for IPE. Susan is a graduate of the University of Alberta and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sharon Walker, MSLP, EdD, R.SLP, S-LP(C)
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, PhD, 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. 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.
Jennifer Wong, M.H.Sc, S-LP(C) Reg. CASLPO
Jennifer is a speech-language pathologist and an active participant in quality improvement initiatives. She practices in long-term and palliative care and is interested in the intersection between quality of life and dysphagia. Jennifer was recently awarded a fellowship through the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network to conduct a project on conversations at end of life.