Current and Future Research Studies

  • Examining the relationships among communicative effectiveness, communicative apprehension, speech intelligibility and nasalance in adolescents and adults with VPI due to a variety of underlying etiologies (e.g., syndromic versus non-syndromic) (in collaboration with Drs Murad Husein, Josee Paradis, Damir Matic and Speech-Language Pathologist, Anne Dworschak-Stokan from the Velopharyngeal Inadequacy Clinic at London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria Campus).
  • Profiling VPI groups based on ratings of communicative effectiveness, communicative apprehension, nasalance scores and speech intelligibility according to etiologies (e.g., syndromic VPI versus non-syndromic VPI; also VPI due to flaccid dysarthria) (in collaboration with Drs Murad Husein, Josee Paradis, Damir Matic and Speech-Language Pathologist, Anne Dworschak-Stokan from the Velopharyngeal Inadequacy Clinic at London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria Campus)..
  • Examining the relationships among communicative effectiveness, communicative apprehension, communication-related quality of life, and speech intelligibility in individuals with oromandibular dystonia (a movement disorder that affects the lips, tongue and/or jaw) pre- and post injection with botulinum toxin type A (BtA) (in collaboration with Dr. Mandar Jog, Neurologist and Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, London Health Sciences Centre – University Campus).
  • Profiling dysarthric groups (i.e., hypokinetic, flaccid, hyperkinetic, spastic, etc...) with regard to speech intelligibility, communicative effectiveness and communication-related QoL (in collaboration with Dr. Mandar Jog, Neurologist and Director of the Movement Disorders Clinic, London Health Sciences Centre – University Campus).

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Contact Information

Allyson Dykstra, PhD
Director, CPL
Assistant Professor
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
519-661-2111
ext. 88940
adykstr3@uwo.ca

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