Dr. Pascal van Lieshout
Dr. van Lieshout is a professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and an internationally renowned expert in the field of Speech Science with over 150 peer-reviewed publications (journal articles, book chapters, proceedings), and more than 25 years of experience in research on oral motor control, supervising PhD and research master students in his own department and other departments. His extensive work in areas such as dynamical aspects of speech motor control, stuttering, apraxia and other speech disorders makes him a world authority on those matters. He was a Canada Research Chair in Oral Motor Function across the Lifespan from 2004-2014 as has been funded by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. In 2011, Dr. van Lieshout received the Richard H. Barrett Award from the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) for his research contributions to the field. He was member, vice-chair and chair of the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto from 2001-2007 and Chair of the Research Ethics and Policy Advisory Committee (REPAC) at the same institution. Currently, he is the chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Director of the ODL.
Aravind Namasivayam, PhD
Dr. Aravind Namasivayam is a consultant research scientist with the PROMPT Institute, Santa Fe, NM. He also holds an adjunct faculty status at the University of Toronto. Dr. Namasivayam’s current clinical and research interests include developmental speech sound disorders, stuttering, sensory-motor integration, and motor skill learning.
Anneke Slis, Ph. D.
Dr. Slis is a speech scientist with a professional musical background, interested in articulation in speech and possible articulatory differences and similarities when playing a musical instrument. Currently, she is involved in research on the role of articulators in clarinet playing at Speech-Language Pathology Department at University of Toronto.
Dr. Kornel Wolak
Dr. Wolak is a touring soloist and clinician involved in research on the role of oral articulators in clarinet playing at Speech-Language Pathology Department at University of Toronto. He is the founder of Music Mind Inc., an initiative that creates music education programs for schools and communities.