Assistant Professor (Professional)
Coordinator of Clinical Education
B.A. Hon. Second Language Teaching/ Con. Spanish, University of Ottawa
M.Sc. Speech-Language Pathology, Dalhousie University
As Coordinator of Clinical Education, Ms. Root plays a leading role in teaching and clinical administration in the School. She teaches courses in her area of expertise and which cover professional practice issues, is centrally involved in managing and smoothly administering the clinical placement process, and supervises and mentors students in the MSc (Applied) program. She represents the School's interests on committees within the Faculty of Medicine and broader community and helps to mobilize external resources and community support to create innovative clinical practice opportunities for SCSD students.
Kelly Root practiced clinically at the tertiary neurological rehabilitation centre in New Brunswick, the Stan Cassidy Centre. Believing in an interdisciplinary approach, Kelly’s work with adults with acquired communication disorders was collaborative and team-based. Seeking new approaches to infuse her practice, she has participated in international development work in Haiti and Ecuador, and has supervised students and paraprofessionals. Kelly is very interested in bilingualism, dysphasia, and cognitive communication disorders, which she hopes to convey in her new role as coordinator of clinical education.