Research Team

Faculty

Janis CardyJanis Cardy, PhD, S-LP(C) - Associate Professor

Dr. Janis Cardy is an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western. She completed a PhD in Speech-Language Pathology and a CIHR Fellowship in Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cardy and her colleagues have been applying MEG and ERP to the examination of speech and sound processing in children with autism spectrum and language disorders. She is a speech-language pathologist by training (McGill University), having practiced for nine years at Toronto’s Sickkids Hospital prior to embarking on her research career.

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Staff


Ream Elbadri - Research Assistant

Ream is completing her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. She assists with recruitment, booking and testing of preschool and school-aged children who are participating in behavioural and EEG studies.

Taylor Strande - Research Assistant

Taylor is graduate student completing her MClSc in speech-language pathology. She provides support for a meta-analysis project examining markers of specific language impairment and assists with testing of preschool and school-aged children who are participating in behavioural and EEG studies.

Eddie Dovigi - Research Assistant

Eddie is a graduate of a Master of Science program in Biochemistry. He is currently a volunteer under the supervision of Elaine Kwok and Dr. Janis Cardy where he primarily conducts EEG experiments on children with typical development, specific language impairment and autism spectrum disorder.

Graduate Students

AmandaAmanda Binns, MA, SLP-CCC - PhD Candidate

Amanda Binns is a PhD student in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – Speech and Language Sciences field.  Amanda is a Speech-Language Pathologist who, prior to attending Western, worked for 9 years, first in private practice and then for 7 years at a private research initiative under Dr. Stuart Shanker at York University.  She has presented to and worked with professionals and parents locally, across North America and internationally.  Amanda’s research interests include examining functional communication use of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, factors that affect language learning for individuals with ASD, treatment and assessment of language comprehension and use in neuro-typical and atypical populations, and how targeting self-regulation can impact children’s communication and language development.

RachaelRachael Smyth, MSc - MClSc/PhD Candidate

Rachael is a graduate student in the MClSc/PhD program in Speech-Language Pathology and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, where she is completing clinical training in Speech-Language Pathology while studying the relation between auditory integration, inspection time and language in children. She previously completed a MSc and a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at Western, and worked as the ASLD lab coordinator from 2012-2013.

Elaine

Elaine Kwok, MSc - MClSc/PhD Candidate

Elaine is currently a student in the combined MClSc in Speech-Language Pathology/PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Speech and Language Science) program. She previously completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biotechnology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and her MSc in HRS (Child and Youth Health) at Western. For her doctoral thesis, Elaine is using EEG/ERP to investigate how the brain reacts to sound in children with typical development, specific language impairment and autism spectrum disorder. She is also examining neural patterns at resting state that may distinguish between these three groups of children.

Olivia

 Olivia Daub, BA - MSc candidate

 Olivia is a graduate student in the MSc program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Speech and Language Sciences field), where she is studying the relationship between age of amplification and language outcomes in infants who use hearing aids, under the co-supervision of Dr. Cardy and Dr. Marlene Bagatto. She previously completed a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, and her undergraduate work focused on the role contextual factors play in perceptual learning for speech. Olivia is primarily interested in examining the effects of disordered, or disrupted, auditory sensation and perception on infants’ acquisition of language.

Undergraduate Students

Mitchell Longval - Honours Thesis Student

Mitchell is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Honours Psychology (BSc) with a minor in Biology. Under the supervision of Dr. Cardy and the tutelage of Rachael Smyth, Mitchell is studying the relationship between inspection time, language ability, and non-verbal IQ in children.

Mary Wang - Scholars Elective Student

Mary is completing her BMSc in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is completing her Scholar's Electives 3305E Supervised Individual Research project under the co-supervision of Dr. Cardy and Amanda Binns, where she is studying how developmental, play-based, parent-coaching therapy for young children with autism impacts parent communication.

Alumni

Margot Stothers, MEd, PhD 2008-2015

Margot Stothers completed her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Speech and Language Science) under the supervision of Dr. Cardy. Her doctoral research investigated semantic representations in adults with autism spectrum disorder and nonverbal learning disabilities. 

Spencer Yeung - Research Assistant Summer 2015

Spencer provided support in the development of MATLAB and EEGLAB analysis pipelines and lab manuals. He is currently completing his Honours BMSc with Specialization in Physiology at Western.

Udani Atukoralalage - Research Assistant 2014-2015

Udani worked as a research assistant where she provided support for data coding and analysis on several EEG and meta-analysis projects. She is currently continuing her BHSc studies at Western.

Heather Brown, MEd, PhD 2009-2013

Heather completed her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Speech and Language Sciences) under Dr. Cardy's supervision. Her research examined the cognitive underpinnings of writing achievement in children and adolescents with ASD. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta.

Jessi Boehm, HBA - Study Coordinator 2011-2012

Jessi worked as the lab coordinator on the ERP study of children with ASD and SLI. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Charity McCarthy, BHSc - Research Assistant 2011-2012

Charity assisted in the collection of data in the EEG/ERP study of brain markers of auditory integration in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Language Impairment. She is currently completing a master's degree in Kinesiology at Western.

Kim Brittain, HBA, MClSc 2011-2012

Kim worked as a research assisant on the ERP study of children with ASD and SLI. She also completed an independent study examining whether an advanced communication skill (commenting) could be taught to a non-verbal child with autism using Proloquo2Go software running on an iPod. She is currently employed as a speech-language pathologist at the Child Development Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

Jillian Spratt, MASc 2008-2011

Jillian worked as project coordinator for the ERP study on auditory processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Language Impairment . She is currently working as a speech-language pathologist in the US.

Jackson Wilson - Summer Research Assistant 2011

Jackson worked as a summer research assisant on the EEG/ERP study of brain markers of auditory integration in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Language Impairment and on the study investigating the relationship between language, reading and math skills in children which is in collaboration with Drs. Janis Oram Cardy, Lisa Archibald, Marc Joanisse, and Daniel Ansari. He is currently working as a speech-language lathologist in the TVDSB in London.

Asha Shelton - Research Assistant, 2010-2011

Asha worked as a research assistant in the lab during completion of the final year of her BHSc at Western. She went on to complete a MHSc in speech-language pathology at the University of Toronto, and is now emplyed as a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Krista Davie, MSc 2010-2011

Krista completed a MSc in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, specializing in Speech and Language Sciences under the joint supervision of Dr. Cardy and Dr. Andrew Johnson. She subsequently complete a MHSc in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Katherine Harder - Research Assistant, 2010-2011

Breanna Empringham - NSERC Summer Student, 2009 (co-supervised by Dr. Marc Joanisse, Dept. of Psychology)

Brianna graduated in 2010 from McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) with a double major in biology and psychology. She went on to attend the University of Toronto Medical School.

Joseph Margolick - Honours Thesis Student, 2008-2009

After graduating from UWO (2009), Joseph undertook a research internship with the EEG lab at Tel Aviv University and worked as the Research Coordinator of a clinical study at the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. He went on to attend medical school at McMaster University.

Jennifer Paradis, BMT, MClSc - Summer Research Assistant 2009

Jennifer Paradis graduated from the graduate program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western in 2010. She is currently working as a CASLPA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with school-aged children in London and surrounding areas. She is also involved in international speech-language pathology outreach programs.

Allison Andres, MSc, 2006-2008

Allison completed her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008. She was co-supervised by Dr. Cardy and Dr. Marc Joanisse in Psychology. Her research examined audio-visual integration of speech sounds using ERPs. Allison is currently working as a Speech-Language Pathologist at KidsAbility in Cambridge, Ontario.

Darcy Russell, MSc, 2006-2008

Darcy completed her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Cardy. Her research examined markers of language impairment in children with autism by measuring rapid temporal processing using MEG and phonological short term memory using a nonword repetition task. She went on to work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in British Columbia and is now enrolled in medical school.

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Dr. Janis Cardy
Associate Professor
The University of Western Ontario
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Elborn College
1201 Western Rd.
London, Ontario CANADA
N6G 1H1

Tel: 519-661-2111
ext. 88000

Fax: 519-850-2369

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Rachael Smyth
Research Coordinator

Tel: 519-661-2111
ext. 88006

rsmyth5@uwo.ca

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