Heather Flowers

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Heather Flowers
Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa

Pièce : RGN 3018

Biographie

Titles:

  • Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa
  • Affiliate Investigator, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Scientist, Montfort – A Knowledge Institute

Biography: 

Heather Flowers has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over 10 years in multiple health care environments, ranging from the emergency room to ambulatory and long-term care. Prior to undertaking studies in speech-language pathology, she obtained a Master of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and maintains a strong interest in rehabilitative education.

Heather Flowers undertook both her Master of Health Science and PhD in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.  Her doctoral studies centered on swallowing and associated communication impairments within a clinical epidemiological framework. As part of her PhD studies, Heather received training at the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences, Sunnybrook Campus. She joined the University of Ottawa as Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science in November, 2016.

Research Interests: 

Neuroanatomical and behavioural interactions across swallowing and communicative functions in healthy individuals throughout the lifespan. Incidence and clinical determinants of dysphagia and related communication impairments following stroke and other neurovascular diseases. Development of efficacious interventions for dysphagia with distributed effects to motor or higher cognitive systems involved in communication.

Champs d'intérêt

  • dysphagia
  • communication disorders
  • stroke
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • treatment efficacy
  • recovery
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