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Keynote Speaker: Cindy Forbes, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Cindy Forbes has been a practicing family physician for over 28 years and throughout her career, she has been actively involved with the CMA. She chaired the CMA’s Committee on Health Care and Promotion and was a member of CMA’s Political Action Committee before being elected President. Dr. Forbes graduated from Dalhousie University’s school of medicine in 1985 and went on to practice family medicine in Nova Scotia and British Columbia, where she was an active member in the medical community in addition to being a dedicated clinician. She has a passion for health and wellness and a genuine desire to work with her colleagues to enhance the medical profession, advocate for healthy living and improve the quality of Canada’s health-care system.

Dr. Forbes has been involved with Doctors Nova Scotia and the BCMA’s Council on Health Care and Promotion and the Tobacco and Illness Prevention Committee. She is a former Sport Nova Scotia spokesperson for the “Sports Makes a Difference Campaign”, and has served as chief medical officer for the Bluenose Marathon. She was also previously host of CTV-CMA “Medical Minutes” health promotion features for CTV News Channel. Recently, Dr. Forbes has worked with the NS College of Physicians and Surgeons, Doctors Nova Scotia, the Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association and the CMA. She is currently a member of the Doctors Nova Scotia’s Master Agreement Steering Committee, and also serves as a medical consultant for Medavie Blue Cross’s medication advisory panel.

Dr. Forbes currently lives in Waverley, Nova Scotia with her husband Greg and is the proud mother of two daughters. She is an active paddler and volunteer with the Cheema Aquatic Club. She is an avid runner and an aspiring golfer.

Courtney Carlisle Bolton, PhD

Courtney Carlisle Bolton, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. In her role as a postdoctoral fellow in the UCLA PEERS® Clinic, Dr. Bolton serves as an intake clinician and facilitates evidence-based social skills training groups for youth with social challenges and their parents. Dr. Bolton received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Vanderbilt University and completed her doctorate in counseling, clinical, and school psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Bolton gained experience in intervention models, such as pivotal response treatment and the early start Denver model, during her graduate training through UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center and as a LEND extern at JFK Partners at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. These experiences shaped her research interests in the areas of early identification, intervention and building resilience for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP

Michelle S. Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor at the University of South Florida. She teaches and conducts research in the area of adult cognitive-communication disorders with a focus on improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers through a variety of non-pharmacologic interventions.

Hélène Deacon, B.Sc., PhD, PDF

Hélène Deacon is a Killam Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University, where she directs the Language and Literacy Laboratory. Dr. Deacon’s internationally known research examines reading and language development in bilingual and monolingual children, with a specific focus on higher order skills.

Debra Goshulak, M.H.Sc., S-LP(C)

Debra Goshulak works with children with severe motor speech disorders at The Speech and Stuttering Institute.  She has conducted numerous published research studies and has presented on motor speech disorders at community, provincial and international conferences including the webinar series “Motor Speech Service Delivery Pathway”. Debra also regularly instructs PROMPT workshops.

Pamela Dodrill, PhD, CCC-SLP

Pamela Dodrill has worked with children with feeding difficulties for over a decade. Dr. Dodrill completed her PhD in the area of infant feeding difficulties through the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre in Brisbane, and continues to conduct research in the area of childhood feeding difficulties and management.

Ellen Hickey, PhD, CCC-SLP

Ellen M. Hickey, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University. She teaches courses, conducts research, and practices. Her expertise is in the treatment of people with neurological communication disorders, including aphasia, dementia, and motor speech disorders. She is also involved in international development of speech-language therapy in the Global South.

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C)

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, PhD, CCC-SLP, S-LP(C) is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Principal Investigator/Director of the FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. Dr. Kent-Walsh is active in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) research, teaching, and service-delivery at UCF.

Stefka Marinova-Todd, B.A., M. Ed., EdD

Stefka Marinova-Todd is an Associate Professor at the School of Audiology and Speech Science at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the language and cognitive development of bilingual children, both typically-developing and children with autism. She also investigates the language and literacy development of children who are learning English as a second language in French immersion programs.

Pat Mirenda, PhD

Pat Mirenda is a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia, where she also directs the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA). In 2004, she was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The fourth edition of her co-authored book Augmentative and alternative communication: Supporting children and adults and complex communication needs was published in 2013 and Autism spectrum disorders and AAC was published in 2008. Her current research includes a Canada-wide, longitudinal study of developmental trajectories in children with autism.

Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, PhD, CCC-SLP

Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin received her PhD from Northwestern University. She is a Professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Roseberry is also currently a part-time itinerant speech pathologist in San Juan Unified School District where she provides direct services to students from preschool through high school. Dr. Roseberry’s primary research interests are in the areas of assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse students with communication disorders as well as service delivery to students from low-income backgrounds.) She has worked in educational and medical settings with a wide variety of clients ranging from preschoolers through to geriatric patients. She serves homeless people in her community through direct work on the streets. Dr. Roseberry has over 50 publications, including six books, and has made over 270 presentations at the state, national, and international levels. She is a Fellow of ASHA.

Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Debra Suiter is Director of the University of Kentucky Voice & Swallow Clinic. Her research focuses on assessment of dysphagia. She is the Chair of ASHA’s Board of Special Interest Groups Coordinators, Counselor for the Dysphagia Research Society, and a member of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Teresa Ukrainetz, PhD, S-LP(C)

Teresa Ukrainetz, PhD, S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow, is Professor in the Division of Communication Disorders at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Ukrainetz’s research and scholarship address the intersection of skill and context in school-age language intervention. Publications and presentations provide evidence-based, practical recommendations for intervention with phonemic awareness, narrative, expository discourse, and text comprehension. Her new book, School-age Language Intervention: Evidenced-based Practices, is available through Pro-Ed.

Katherine Verdolini Abbott, PhD, CCC-SLP

Katherine Verdolini Abbott is Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. She has received continuous funding for her research in voice since 1977. In her presentation, she draws on her background in psychology and on the work of colleagues Dr. Maria Dietrich and Dr. Leah Helou.

Fred Wien, B.A., MA, PhD

Fred Wien is a Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University where he has been appointed since 1973. His degrees are from Queen’s and Cornell University. At Dalhousie, he has been appointed at the Institute of Public Affairs and the Maritime School of Social Work where he served as Director on several occasions. He was Deputy Director of Research with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1992-2006) and, more recently, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health (Canadian Institutes of Health Research).