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BJ Cunningham

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BJ 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. Currently, BJ is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in both McMaster’s new Speech-Language Pathology program, and in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University. In this role, she is developing new tools and methods to improve outcome measurement in the PSLP and in the field of speech-language pathology.

Areas of Focus

The development of communicative participation skills in preschoolers with communication impairments and how those skills change as a result of speech-language therapy, the development of participation-based outcome measures, methods for determining the ingredients of preschool speech-language interventions (i.e., what happens in therapy that makes it effective?)