Research Team


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 Hospital for Sick Children prior to embarking on her research career.

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ElaineElaine Kwok, MSc - Research Assistant

Elaine recently completed her MSc in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Child and Youth Health) under the supervison of Dr. Cardy, in which she investigated auditory integration in children with Specific Language Impairment using EEG/ERP.  She previously completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biotechnology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Elaine is currently involved in several projects in the lab, including a meta-analysis of receptive/expressive language in autism and EEG studies of children and adults with ASD.


Graduate Students

MargotMargot Stothers, MEd - PhD Candidate

Margot Stothers is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Prior to beginning her degree, she was a counsellor and learning strategist with university students who have disabilities. Her master’s research explored cognitive processes underlying reading achievement in adults with and without learning disabilities (LD). Her work won the Canadian Association for Educational Psychology’s Dunlop Award for outstanding Master’s thesis in 2006. Margot’s research interests include further investigating the contribution of nonverbal cognitive processes to language comprehension, and identifying patterns in educational, cognitive, and neurospychological markers of Nonverbal LD and Asperger Syndrome in adults.

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, BHSc - MSc candidate

Rachael is a graduate student in the MSc program in Health and Rehabiliation Sciences (Speech and Language Sciences field), where she is studying the relation between auditory integration, inspection time and language in children. She previously completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at Western, and worked as the ASLD lab coordinator from 2012-2013. 





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 a post-doctoral fellow in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Western.

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 TVDSB in London.

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 Pathologist in the TVDSB in London.

Asha Shelton - Work Study Student, 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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