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Linda Garcia is Professor and Director at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa in 1993, Professor Garcia worked for over 10 years in a large teaching hospital as a clinician and department head. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from McGill University (1979) and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology (1981) from the same university. Her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences (speech-language pathology) was received from the University of Montreal in 1991. From 1993 to 2008, she worked as a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences and was eventually appointed director. She then moved on to help create the new Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and became its first Director in 2010.
Her research interests are focused on how communication influences human interactions and transitions as individuals (especially seniors) living with aphasia or dementia continue to live with their functional limitations. She is particularly interested in the role others have in creating environments that facilitate communication and human interactions. The attitudes and approaches of conversational partners, social networks and interactions with health care professionals can all influence the level of success of the communication interaction. She works with local, national and international colleagues on multi-disciplinary teams in nationally funded studies to address these issues. She has also supervised numerous students, has been co-investigator or principal investigator in over $2 million in external research funding, published several book chapters, papers in refereed journals, and given numerous presentations at conferences (both invited and peer reviewed) in local, national and international venues.
Professor Garcia continues to be involved in various committees both within the community and at the university. She is an affiliated scientist with the Elisabeth Bruyère Research Institute and the Population Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN), a member of the Champlain Dementia Network steering committee and elected academic colleague on the Council of Ontario Universities. She is also a member of the French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario.
- Role played by environmental factors (social and physical) in the integration of adults with communication disorders of neurological origin (especially dementia and aphasia).
- Use of disability models to collect information related to the consequences of disease, disorder and trauma.
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Dementia, Behaviors, interdisciplinarity, service provision, communication, higher education.