Alice Eriks-Brophy, BA, BEd, MSc (A), MSc, PhD

Background

Prior to joining academia, I was an elementary classroom teacher on several Aboriginal reserves in Quebec and Ontario, and an itinerant teacher for the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf.  I obtained my MSc. in Auditory Oral Rehabilitation and Education and my Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University.  My doctoral research examined differences in the organization of instructional discourse in classrooms of Inuit and non-Inuit teachers and the implications of these differences for the appropriate identification of Inuit students with language and learning difficulties.  I was employed by the University of Ottawa from 1995-2002, where I taught courses on child language disorders and childhood hearing loss in the francophone audiology and speech-language pathology program.  I joined the U of T in September, 2002.

I am very excited to be a part of the University of Toronto SLP program and to be living in the vibrant, multicultural environment of Toronto. I look forward to continued collaborations with clinicians and other researchers in the community who share my research interests and my passion for multicultural issues.

I am responsible for teaching two courses for first year students, Articulation and Related Disorders in Unit 2 and Aural Rehabilitation in Unit 4.

Professional Interests

My research focuses on the contributions of society, culture and context to descriptions and perceptions of communication impairment, along with the theoretical and clinical impact of these variables on assessment and intervention in speech-language pathology. My research interests build on my experiences as an itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and an early intervention specialist working with children with hearing loss, as well as over twenty five years of experience as a classroom teacher, consultant and researcher working with Aboriginal communities in Canada.