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SCSD's first On Campus Hearing Screening Event

May 2013

On March 25th and 26th, 2013, the SCSD held its first On Campus Hearing Screening Event at the Bronfman Building in the Desautels Faculty of Management. The event was a huge success. 238 people from the university and the community at large were screened.  Approximately 20% of the people screened presented with hearing difficulty. We had such a large turn out that, sadly, we had to turn many people away. Thirty-three Speech-Language Pathology Master’s students participated in the event under the supervision of Liliane Brunetti, audiologist.  At our booth, students provided information about audiology, hearing loss, and preventative measures for noise-induced hearing loss. Screenings were done on the 5th floor in 3 different rooms, and consisted of otoscopy, tympanometry and audiometry tests. We look forward to making this an annual event.


Canal Savoir's Campus program shines the spotlight on the Child Phonology Lab collaboration with Tribal Nova

April 2013


Learn about their innovative ebook project here:

Reportage 1 : La lecture interactive (Université McGill)

2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership

March 2013


Sharon Fotheringham received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership.                                                                            

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Dr. Susan Rvachew awarded Fellowship of the Association

October 2012


Dr. Susan Rvachew was awarded a Fellowship of the Association by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association in 2012. Fellowship is one of the highest honours bestowed by the Association on ASHA members, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the discipline of communications sciences and disorders.


New textbook: Developmental Phonological Disorders

August 2012




New textbook by faculty member Dr. Susan Rvachew and Ph.D. student Françoise Brosseau-Lapré.

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SSHRC grants to McGill researchers put youth first

June 2012

Two McGill researchers were recently awarded large partnership grants by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). These grants are designed to foster research partnerships among the academic, private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

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Founding the Besner Fellowship for the Study of Human Communication Neuroscience

Spring 2012

Through a generous donation to the School, Lucie Besner has established the Besner Fellowship for the Study of Human Communication Neuroscience. Starting in 2013, this $200,000 endowment will permit an award to be given annually to a doctoral-level student from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders who is conducting research on the relationship between language, communication and the human brain.

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McGill and Tribal Nova partner for literacy research

January 2012

Researchers from McGill's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders have conducted research toward developing a prototype iPad application which focuses on interactive and participatory reading for children. The app was produced in partnership with Tribal Nova, a designer of online content for children, and Harper Collins publishers. It should be ready for testing in the spring.

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Communication Breakdowns

Winter 2011

Interdisciplinary research across McGill — including the Bloomfield Centre for Research in Aging, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain—is exploring how language works… or doesn’t.

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Parkinson’s disease research uncovers social barrier

February 2010

People with Parkinson’s disease suffer social difficulties simply because of the way they talk, a McGill University researcher has discovered. Marc Pell, at McGill’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has learned that many people develop negative impressions about individuals with Parkinson’s disease, based solely on how they communicate. These perceptions limit opportunities for social interaction and full participation in society for those with the disease, reducing their quality of life. Pell’s research offers the public a better understanding of the difficulties these patients face – as well as an opportunity to promote greater inclusiveness.

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The research of Marc Pell, Ph.D.: Something to talk about

Spring 2006

Dr. Marc Pell is passionate about communication. Appropriately, he is a member of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders of McGill University. While most of his colleagues concern themselves with words, sentences and phrases, Dr. Pell is more interested in how things are said as opposed to what is said. In particular, he is fascinated by the important contributions that facial expressions and the tone of speech make to our interpretation of what is said. These aspects of speech can influence the meaning of words and phrases. For instance, are words said angrily, happily or sadly? These cues are integral parts of language communication.

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Speaking Your Mind

Fall 2006

The bilingual, multicultural city of Montreal is a language researcher’s dream. The rich environment has fostered groundbreaking research—such as psychologist Wallace Lambert and researcher Elizabeth Peal’s discovery, in 1962, that bilingualism actually improves, rather than impairs, cognitive abilities. Now, building on McGill’s historic strengths in linguistic research and the neurosciences, the Centre for Research on Language, Mind and Brain (CRLMB) is drawing together researchers from across disciplines, institutions and countries to examine how language works in the brain—and how better to treat people, from babies to the elderly, when language goes awry.

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New language learning linked to early language experience: McGill researcher's team publishes landmark study

May 2002

The ability to learn a new language is determined by the onset of language experience during early brain development -- regardless of the specific form of the language experience. This is the finding of a Canadian study led by Rachel Mayberry of McGill University.

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