Research

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and PhD candidate at Western University in the school of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences working under the Supervision of Dr. Janis Cardy in the speech & Language Sciences field. Prior to attending Western I worked for nine years, first in private practice and then for seven years at a private research initiative under Dr. Stuart Shanker at York University. I have worked with and presented to professionals and parents locally, across North America and Internationally in Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East. My experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist, and clinician scientist provided me with numerous opportunities to raise questions of clinical relevance, and investigate these questions with a critical mind. My current research interests include examining the efficacy of developmental multi-disciplinary, parent coaching treatment approaches used with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am also passionate about studying the functional communication use of children diagnosed with ASD, treatment and assessment of language comprehension in neuro-typical and atypical populations, and analyzing how different factors such as self-regulation can impact children’s communication and language development.

Funded by

OMHF (Ontario Mental Health Foundation) Research Studentship

ART (Autism Research Training) Studentship

Interests

  • Autism Assessment & Intervention
  • Assessment of Language Comprehension
  • Assessment of Pragmatic Communication
  • Pragmatic Communication Development
  • Pragmatic Communication Disorder
  • Parent Training Interventions
  • Self-Regulation

Publications

Cunningham, B.J., Washington, K.N., Binns, A., Rolfe, K., Robertson, B. & Rosenbaum, P. (2016). Current methods of evaluating speech-language outcomes for preschoolers with communication disorders: A scoping review. Journal of Speech-Language and Hearing Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0329

Casenhiser, D., Binns, A., McGill, F., Morderer, O. M., & Shanker, S. (2015). Measuring and supporting language function for children with autism: Evidence from a RCT of social-interaction-based therapy. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 846- 857.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25234481