Faculty and Staff
Janis Cardy, PhD, S-LP(C)Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Research)
Biography: Dr. Janis Cardy is an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is also a Research Affiliate in the National Centre for Audiology and an Associate Scientist in the Brain and Mind Institute and the Children's Health Research Institute. She completed a PhD in Speech-Language Pathology and a CIHR Fellowship in Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. She is a speech-language pathologist by training (McGill University), having practiced for nine years at Sickkids in Toronto prior to joining Western in 2005.
BJ Cunningham, PhD, SLP(C)Assistant Professor
Biography: Dr. BJ Cunningham graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree from the University of Waterloo in 2001 and a Master of Science (Speech-Language Pathology) degree from Western University in 2006. As a speech-language pathologist in Ontario’s Preschool Speech and Language Program, BJ worked with preschoolers with various communication impairments and their families for 7 years before pursuing PhD studies. In 2017 BJ completed her PhD in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Supervised by Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, BJ’s thesis work explored participation-based outcomes for preschoolers with communication impairments. Much of this work involved exploring how preschoolers’ communicative participation skills developed, and how they changed as a result of their involvement in Ontario’s Preschool Speech and Language Program. In her current role, she is developing new tools and methods to improve outcome measurement in the PSLP and in the field of speech-language pathology.
Hillary Ganek, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVTAssistant Professor (Limited Term)
Biography: Dr. Hillary Ganek’s research explores the influences of social determinants of health on linguistic and auditory development in children at risk for language delay, including those with hearing loss. After completing her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto, Dr. Ganek served as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Cochlear Implant Lab at SickKids in Toronto. Prior to her research career, Dr. Ganek worked clinically as a speech-language pathologist and certified auditory-verbal therapist at an Australian family-centred early intervention clinic and on the multidisciplinary cochlear implant team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Ganek has taught aural rehabilitation in both Vietnam and Ethiopia. She has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from McGill University and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Northwestern University.
Nichole Scheerer, PhDBrainsCAN Fellow
Biography: Dr. Nikki Scheerer is a Western BrainSCAN fellow co-supervised by Drs. Ryan Stevenson, David Purcell, and Janis Cardy. She is studying the impact of sensory-motor control of speech on social communication and development in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Nikki received her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Wilfrid Laurier University and previously completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Grace Iarocci at Simon Frasier University.
Allison Andres, MSc, Reg. CASLPOProject Manager
Biography: Allison graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Honours Arts (Psychology) degree in 2005 and a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) from Western University in 2008. During her education, she conducted research focused on visual perception and the audio-visual integration of speech sounds and letters. She is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Ontario Preschool Speech and Language Program working with families and children ages 0 to 6 with a variety of communication difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is excited to join the ASLD lab as Project Manager to support practiced-based research focused on communication services for preschool children with ASD in Ontario.