Autism Spectrum & Language Disorders LabWestern Health Sciences

Students

Amanda Binns, MA, SLP-CCC

Amanda Binns, MA, SLP-CCC

PhD Candidate

Biography: 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.

Rachael Smyth, BHSc, MSc

Rachael Smyth, BHSc, MSc

MClSc/PhD Student

Biography: 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 Kwok, HBSc, MSc

Elaine Kwok, HBSc, MSc

MClSc/PhD Student

Biography: 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 Daub, BA, MSc

Olivia Daub, BA, MSc

MClSc/PhD Candidate

Biography: Olivia is completing a MClSc in Speech-Language Pathology and a PhD in Health Rehabilitation Sciences under the co-supervision of Dr. Cardy and Dr. Marlene Bagatto. She previously completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, and her MSc in HRS (Speech and Language Science) at Western. For her doctoral thesis, Olivia is exploring measures of speech perception ability and early vocal development in infants to inform the prediction of spoken language delays in children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. She is also exploring clinical assessment practices from both a clinical and psychometric perspective.

Caitlin Coughler, BAH, MSc

MClSc/PhD Student

Biography: Caitlin is completing a MClSc/PhD in Speech-Language Pathology/Speech and Language Science under the joint supervision Dr. Cardy and Dr. Purcell, exploring children’s responses to altered auditory feedback and its relation to language development. She previously completed a Research MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience with a specialization in Language and Communication at the Donders Graduate School at Radboud University Nijmegen, where her thesis explored ERP signatures in language task switching. She completed her BA Honours in Linguistic Cognitive Sciences at McMaster University.

Mitchell Longval, BSc

Mitchell Longval, BSc

MSc student

Biography: Mitchell is completing a MSc in Health and Rehabilitation Science (Speech and Language Science) under the co-supervision of Dr. Cardy and Dr. Andrew Johnson, where he is studying the impact of concussion on communication in children and adolescents. During pursuit of his BSc in Honours Psychology with a minor in Biology at Western, he completed his honors undergraduate thesis in the ASLD lab under the supervision of Dr. Cardy and Rachael Smyth.