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Founder and Director

 

Kakia Petinou – Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Speech Pathology Program, Cyprus University of Technology

Kakia Petinou was born and raised in Agios Dometios, Nicosia, and graduated with distinction from the Pancyprian Female Kykkos Gymnasium. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s in Education degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Georgia, USA, as well as a PhD from City University of New York Graduate Center, NY, USA which focused on speech and hearing sciences. She has taught as a Lecturer in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders of the University of Yeshiva, in the School of Health Sciences of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA, and as a Visiting Lecturer in the University of Cyprus and the European University of Cyprus. She spent time as a research associate in the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (Department of Clinical Genetics) and she has been the research co-ordinator of several funded research projects in Cyprus and Europe. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the Αmerican Speech Language and Hearing Association, she is a member of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association, of the Society for Research in Child Development και of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (ΙΑLP). She is also a registered member of the Speech and Language Pathologists in Cyprus. Her research work has been published in several scientific journals, while she has given talks in various international conferences. Her research interests focus on the characteristics of early language development and language delay, aiming at the identification of early diagnostic features of chronic language impairment (special language impairment, developmental apraxia, autistic spectrum disorders), as well as the relationship between phonological ability and semantic variability. She is also interested in the development of valid and effective diagnostic tools for the identification of communication problems in pediatric populations, ultimately aiming at intervention and rehabilitation.

Contact information: kakia.petinou@cut.ac.cy

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Members

Elena Theodorou PhD, MSc, BSc, Registered Speech Language Pathologist 

Elena Theodorou is a lecturer in the Rehabilitation Sciences Department of the Host Organization, and her PhD research project focused on the evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy of the available Greek language assessment tools (e.g. Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, the Bus Story Test) for Greek Cypriot children with (Specific) Language Impairment. The prize for the Best Thesis was awarded to her by University of Cyprus in 2014 for her doctoral dissertation. She holds a Bachelor degree in Speech Therapy from Technological Institute of Patras in Greece and a Master in Science in Language and Communication Impairment in Children form Sheffield University in U.K.. Her Bachelor degree was funded by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation. Her research areas are the diagnosis of language impairment, language acquisition in typical and atypical populations and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She has worked as a research assistant in several regional and European projects since 2001. Currently, she involves in COST IS1406 project that focuses in enhancing children’s oral language skills across Europe and beyond as a substitute management committee member. She also conducts (2017-2018) research funded from the HO in the fields of accurate diagnosis and proper intervention of children with language impairment. Her research work has been published in various scientific journals and conference proceedings, and she has participated in a lot of international congresses with oral and poster presentations. Regarding her work experience, she worked for a year as a Speech and Language Therapist in General Hospital of Limassol (2002-2003) providing services to adults with voice disorders and aphasia, and to children with speech and language needs. Then she moved to Primary Education (mainstream and special) where she provided speech and language services to children with language impairment, autistic spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, hearing loss, e.t.c.. She also served as a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) in public mainstream and special schools in Cyprus for many years. Her duties as a SENCo included liaison of educators with parents and other professionals in the field, coordination and supervision of individual programme of children got special education services (including speech and language services, physiotherapy services, occupational therapy services, e.t.c.), organization of timetable for each special educator that she was responsible for, preparation of reports, organization of seminars among others.   She is registered member of Speech Pathologist Association in Cyprus and she served as a representative of the Association in Special Education Committee of Ministry of Education and Culture. She is also a regional MAKATON tutor and she has trained more than 100 professionals in using MAKATON language system. She has been invited by Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus to give lectures to teachers for topics related to special education, speech and language impairments, augmentative and alternative communication and phonological disorders. Currently she is the scientific coordinator of the committee responsible for the exams that will be organized by the Examinations Services for the appointments of speech therapists in public school system.

 

Contact information: eleni.theodorou@cut.ac.cy

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Eliada Pampoulou PhD, MSc, BSc, Registered Speech Language Pathologist

Eliada Pampoulou is a Speech and Language Therapist from her BSc degree (Higher Technological Education  Institute  of  Patras) and an Assistive  Technology  specialist  from her  MSc  (King’s  College London). In 2015, she was awarded a PhD in Education (King’s College London). Throughout her career she has been immersed in both inter- and multi-disciplinary environments and she worked with both pediatric and elderly population. As a speech and language therapist and specialist in assistive technology, amongst other posts, she worked in England in one of the pioneering companies in the development of graphic symbols (www.widgit.com) for special education. She also worked on the Symbol Inclusion Project (www.symbolsinclusionproject.org) in England as a specialist in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and graphic symbol use. During the past ten years, through her clinical work she has been supporting both children and adults with little or no functional speech to communicate with others through different methods used in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Eliada’s research interests directly relate to the still novel area in Cyprus Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), with her focus being on individuals with congenital and acquired communication disorders. Specifically, the areas of her research concern speech and language therapy services provision; AAC comprehensive assessment; vocabulary development and communication; and AAC systems’ acceptance and abandonment. Eliada has also produced many journal publications and she has presented worldwide her work to several international conferences.

Contact information: eliada.pampoulou@cut.ac.cy

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Loukia Taxitari D.Phil., M.Phil., Ba 

Loukia Taxitari is a psycho-linguist specializing in language acquisition, especially early lexical and semantic development. Loukia has a Bachelor’s degree in Greek Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an M.Phil. in General Linguistics from the University of Oxford. She also holds a D.Phil. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, having worked in the Oxford Babylab under the supervision of Professor Kim Plunkett and having conducted experiments in the development of language with young infants. Loukia stayed at Potsdam for a short post-doctoral assignment, before taking a one-year break due to the birth of her son. She then moved to Cyprus, where she has worked as an adjunct lecturer in the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology delivering lectures on Linguistics, the Psychology of Language, Cognitive Development and Developmental Psychology. She has also just completed a funded research project on the adaptation of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory in Cypriot Greek. She is a Research Associate in Theralab doing work on semantic/lexical development of typically developing children and late talkers, as well as on the interface between lexical and phonological development.

Contact information: loukia.taxitari@cut.ac.cy

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Spyros Armostis – PhD, MPhil, BA 

Spyros Armostis graduated from the University of Cyprus in 2005 with a BA in Classics. He thereafter pursued his postgraduate studies in Linguistics (Phonetics) at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained his MPhil (2006) and PhD (2011). His thesis topic was the phonetics of Cypriot Greek geminates. He has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Cyprus, the Open University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology, and the European University Cyprus. His research interests lie in the fields of Phonetics, Phonology, and Clinical Linguistics, and also include Writing Systems. A focal point of his work has been the study of Cypriot Greek and Cypriot Arabic. Finally, a secondary area of his research interests is the study of Ancient Greek Music.

Contact information: spyros.armostis@cut.ac.cy

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Kyriaki Kyriakou – SLP.D., CCC-SLP, Registered Speech and Language Therapist 

 

Kyriaki Kyriakou received a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in French Literature and Linguistics from Brock University, Canada and Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of the District of Columbia, USA, as well as a doctoral degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University, FL, USA with a focus in Voice Disorders and Augmentative Alternative Communication. She taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences at Gallaudet University, USA and the University of the District of Columbia. She currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Communication Disorders at Nova Southeastern University, as well as, in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Cyprus University of Technology. She earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech and Hearing Association and is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, National Stuttering Association and Cyprus Association of Registered Speech Language Pathologists. She is also a member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 04-Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She currently works as a Research Collaborator in a research laboratory of Gallaudet University since 2013 and Therapo Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology since 2016. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of voice disorders, swallowing disorders, fluency disorders and augmentative alternative communication.

Contact information: Kyriaki.kyriakou@cut.ac.cy

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Ioannis Phinikettos – PhD, MSc και BSc

I have received my PhD in statistics from Imperial College London in 2012. My thesis was based on Monte Carlo methods and specialised in rare event simulation. I also possess a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in mathematics from Imperial College London from which I was honoured the prize of academic excellence.

I am currently working as a statistics research assistant at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Cyprus University of Technology and as a mathematician in public secondary education.  My current areas of research interest are statistical methods in communication and voice disorders.

Contact information: ioannis.phinikettos@cut.ac.cy

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Despo Minaidou – M.S., CCC-SLP Registered Speech Language Pathologist 

Despo Minaidou is a registered Speech Language Pathologist from Nicosia. In May 1986 she received her Bachelor of Science in «Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped», from Long Island University- C.W. Post Campus in New York, USA. In May1988 she completed her Master of Science in “Communication Disorders” from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. During the period June 1988 to May 1989 she held a contractual position as a Clinical Fellow in Speech Language Pathology in the Head Injury and Neurology Units of the Montebello Rehabilitation Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, which is part of the University of Maryland Medical Systems. Since June 1989 she is a holder of the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and since September 2005 she is registered by the Council of Registry for Speech Pathologists of Cyprus. At the beginning of 1990 she became a member of the Association of Speech Therapists of Cyprus and until July 2013 worked at her private practice in Nicosia at which she was responsible for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of speech/language and communication deficits in children and adults.  She has special interests in neurogenic disorders and feeding and swallowing primarily in pediatrics and adults with cognitive/linguistic deficits. Her diverse caseload included various genetic syndromes. Since August 2013 she is employed by the Rehabilitation Sciences Department of the Faculty of Health Sciences of C.U.T. as a special teaching staff. She is an active member of the Association of Registered Speech Pathologists of Cyprus and was president of the national association twice. She was member of the continuing education committee of the national association and from 2007-2013 was one of the two representatives of Cyprus to the CPLOL (Standing Liaison Committee of E.U. Speech Language Therapists and Logopedists). She was a member of the Council of Registry for Speech Pathologists and also member of the 1st Scientific Multidisciplinary Committee formed to assist the Public Law 117/89, for the Protection of the Human Rights of the Mentally Deficient Individuals. Additionally she is an active member of the scientific committee of the Pancyprian Conference for Parents, member of the Dyslexia Association of Cyprus and a certified member of ASHA. She is also an affiliate of ASHA Special Interest Groups 11, Administration and Supervision; and 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia).

Contact information: despo.minaidou@cut.ac.cy

 

Zoe Gerolemou – BSc, Registered Speech and Language Therapist  

Zoe Gerolemou is a speech pathologist from Limassol and graduated from high school St. Anthony,Limassol. Since February 2015, she has a degree in Speech Therapy from the Technological Institute of Epirus Ioannina. She trained in alternative communication system, PECS, participated in other scientific seminars relating to the field of Speech Therapy in which she also continues to take part. Upon completion of the undergraduate title of the diploma thesis was on “Building Digital Material for Rehabilitation of Aphasia”. This digital material consists exercises which are designed for computers and addressed mainly in patients with Broca Aphasia. From 2015, since she held the internship in Speech Therapy center in Limassol, until today, Zoe deals mainly with children with articulator and phonological difficulties, speech delay, speech and psychomotor retardation, children in Autism Spectrum as well as children with learning difficulties. Since November 2015, she has been employed by the Cyprus University of Technology in Speech Therapy Program at the Rehabilitation Department in the position of Special Scientist and therapists in the department laboratory. During her presence in special scientific team of therapists, she participated in the analysis of linguistic data for the research entitled “Early Language markers predicting MLU and vocabulary size from children’s phonetic abilities”. This research was presented at the World Congress of Speech Therapy in August 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. At the same time, she is also in Mrs Kakia Petinou group for expressive assessment test weights and productive discourse on Greek-Cypriot population for children from 2 to 4.11 years old. Zoe is a registered pathologist in Cyprus since 2016.

Contact information: zoe.gerolemou@cut.ac.cy

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Irene Gabriel, BSc, Registered Speech Language Pathologist 

Irene Gabriel was born and raised in Limassol and graduated with the grade of “Excellent” from Lanitio Lyceum B. She successfully passed the entrance examination and joined the Faculty of Health and Welfare School of TEI Patras Department for Speech Therapy. In November 2011, she graduated from the Speech Therapy Department having first completed her internship in Melathron EOKA Rehabilitation Center.  At the Melathron, she had the opportunity to be trained in communication and swallowing disorders in adults and thereafter, she became a registered member of the Association of Speech Pathologists of Cyprus. Her graduation thesis had as a subject: Production of Greek / S / and / T / by Greek Speakers and was graded “Excellent”.  In September 2012, she participated in the conference “Greek Language and Disorders”, that was organized by the Technological Educational Institute of Patras. She has attended and continues to attend different method and treatment programs in relation to the science of Speech Therapy, to ensure she is up to date with all developments in this field including, PECS Training and Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding. Irene has been employed at the Limassol Day Center for Adults with Disabilities and in November 2015 she joined the Rehabilitation Department of TEPAK Limassol as an external expert partner where she also participated in the analysis of Linguistic Data at the  “ΘΕΡΑΠΟ” lab, where she participated in the analysis of linguistic data for a study relating to the “Early language markers predicting MLU and vocabulary size from children’s phonetic abilities at the IALP World Congress held in Dublin, Ireland 2016”. Irene is currently involved in the creating and updating of a language ability assessment test, which will examine both the understanding and expression of language abilities in children aged 2 to 4.11 years.

Contact information: irene.gabriil@cut.ac.cy

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Christina Nicole Giannikas, PhD, MA, BA, CELTA, Certificate in Online Training, Certificate in Creative Writing

Christina Giannikas is an applied linguist, a teacher trainer, an ELT Consultant, an online tutor, researcher, materials writer and editor. She has taught English to students of all age groups in Greece, the UK and Cyprus and has taught courses in Applied Linguistics to University students at a BA and MA level at London Metropolitan University, the University of Cyprus and Cyprus University of Technology. Her research interests are based in the field of Applied Linguistics, specializing in the areas of early language learning, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), policies in language education, assessment, and professional development in English Language Teaching (ELT). She has taken part in a number of research projects and is currently working on research projects focusing on: 

  1. The use of games in assessment, 2. Personal Narratives 3. Digital storytelling and creativity, 4. The use of blogs for the development of L2 literacy, 5.The use of Vlogs for the development of L2 Speaking skills, 6. Special Education awareness in the Cypriot education context 7. Blended Learning and 8. Digital Literacies Personal Narratives of young children in their L1.

Christina Giannikas is currently an instructor and researcher at the Language Centre of Cyprus University of Technology, a researcher at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of Cyprus University of Technology, and a pre-service teacher trainer for the Department of Education at the University of Cyprus. She is also on the Academic committee (secondary school English) of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, she is on the Editorial board of TESOL Journal, and Chair of the EuroCALL Teacher Education Special Interest Group.

Contact Information: christina.giannikas@cut.ac.cy

Personal website: https://christinagian.wixsite.com/christinagiannikas 

Androulla Athanasiou, PhD, MA, BA

Dr. Androulla Athanasiou is an English Language Instructor at the Language Centre of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). She holds an MA in English and Language Studies and Methods from Warwick University (2000), an MA in Educational Leadership from the European University Cyprus (2012) and a PhD in English Language Teaching from Warwick University (2005). During her teaching experience, she has engaged in course development and material design, both at an undergraduate and a postgraduate level. She has taught both in private and state Higher Education Institutions in Cyprus, as well as English for Academic Purposes at Warwick University. Apart from the ESAP courses, she also teaches an undergraduate course, ‘Issues in Bilingualism/Multilingualism’, to 4th year undergraduate students studying Speech and Language Therapy, as well as on the MA in CALL programme, offered by the CUT Language Centre in collaboration with the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts. Dr Athanasiou’s research interest lie in material design, the use of technology in language teaching/learning (Computer Assisted Language Learning), learner autonomy, collaborative learning, the use of Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).

Contact Information: androulla.athanasiou@cut.ac.cy

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Christodoulos Monogios

Christodoulos Monogios has graduated from the University of UCLAN with a BSc in Psychology and also has earned a higher diploma of education in Psychology from the University of Derby. His research was based on emotions and how can be transferred between people according to their personalities. Currently he is finalizing his MSc degree on Forensic Psychology and his research was based on how sexually explicit material can affect people individually and within their relationships. 

Currently he is working as a trainee in different institutes that are focused on the forensic setting of psychology. He is also trained on using psychometric tools and currently assists with executing experimental paradigms on children with delayed language development. 

Contact Information: cmonogios@protonmail.com

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Dr. Yvette Hus, PhD SLP ooaq ialp asha-affiliate

Speech-Language-Clinician & Certified Literacy Instructor

Yvette’s philosophy of education: “Knowledge is Learning and reasoning whereas the use of knowledge for the good of others is Wisdom.” Education is therefore ‘a journey of transformation’

Canada, TAV College Affiliate

  • Specialties: Educator instructor in Language Stimulation and Literacy Tutor training for linguistically diverse communities; Hanen certified parent and educator coach for infants and preschoolers.
  • Clinical Populations: Infancy – 21 years with challenges due to diverse neurodevelopmental disorders: Autism, Specific Language Impaired, Specific Learning Disabled, ADHD, and other Executive Dysfunctions.
  • IALP Member: Deputy Chair of the Autism Spectrum Disorders committee chaired by Dr. Kakia Petinou, PhD.
  • Speaker: IALP triennials, symposiums, and frequent invited speaker at the Israeli SLP and Audiology Association annual conferences.
  • Publications: research and review articles in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, a chapter on literacy and metalinguistic issues of multilingual children with speech disorders.
  • Weblink: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yvette_Hus

Contact Information: yhus@videotron.ca

 

Prof. Maria Christopoulou, Ph.D., MOP, SLP, CSS

Maria is a professor at the School of Health and Sciences, Communication Disorders Department, at European University Cyprus and the founder and Director of the Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic of the university. Dr. Christopoulou has earned BA, MSc, PhD. in communication disorders, administration in education and management of programs in leadership, with a 25 year background in education/special education for children under 12 years of age directing a unique private school.

 

She is a certified ASD and CAS professional. She is one of the founders and an ongoing active member of the Cyprus Registered Speech Pathology Association, on the EC for more than 30 years, chairperson of the professional development committee and member of the health committee of the association and an active member on the BD of IALP and on the  ASD committee of IALP. She is also an active member of the Panhellenic Association of Logopedics and a former EC and BD member of CPLOL . 

Dr. Christopoulou has been training and supervising students and professionals for over 30 years with the last 10 years providing supervision to undergraduate and master’s students in speech pathology. She is the only certified Clinical Supervisor Trainer both for professionals and students in Cyprus. She is a certified coach, trainer, educator, university instructor training paraprofessionals on clinical supervision skills, on leadership and communication issues.  She has also supervised numerous BSc and MSc theses, and is currently supervising eight BSc students. She always  held many administrative and leadership positions in universities, hospitals, educational organizations and in the clinical field as an experienced Speech and Language Pathologist, an Educator, a Professor, a Director, a Clinician and a Leader.

She is the Director of the Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic of EUC and an experienced clinician. She is often an invited presenter in professional conferences, seminars, congresses and specialized trainings. She has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and proceedings. She is the founder and author of the AFRODITI TEST, a test on school readiness standardized on the Greek Cypriot population. She has taken part and coordinated European educational projects with several countries in Europe and in the States and has done a lot of work on interpersonal exchanges multiculturalism and multilingualism. Her research interests focus mainly on children with developmental delays, autism, with apraxia of speech, multilingualism, school readiness and pragmatics in language.

Contact Information: M.Christopoulou@euc.ac.c

 

Dr. Katandria Love Johnson, DrPH, MS, MA, CCC-SLP, CAS, CPH, CPCRT, IN, LM

Dr. KL Johnson is a multi-lingual, nationally certified speech-language pathologist, linguist, certified autism specialist, certified public health researcher, certified in the therapy of vital stim and cognitive rehabilitation, integrative nutrition and lifestyle medicine. She is the founder of Dr. Love’s Healthcare, a non-profit helping multicultural families gain continuity and coordination of care for pediatric rehab therapies as well as Dr. Love’s Integrative Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine, PLLC helping families live healthier lives.

Notable Engagements:

  • International Association of Logopediatrics & Phoniatrics (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • American Speech Language Hearing Association (various cities)
  • 4th International Conference on Drug Discovery & Therapy (Dubai Men’s College, Saudi Arabia)
  • Unite for Sight International Conference (Yale University, New Haven, CT)
  • American Public Health Association (various cities)
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (various cities)
  • Environmental Security for Food & Health (Cape Comorin, India)
  • International Environment & Health Forum (Jiangyin, China)

Speaker Topics:

  • Autism
  • Telehealth
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Integrative Nutrition
  • Women and Children’s Health
  • Body type specific dietary programs
  • Program Planning and Intervention
  • Multilingualism: disability versus difference
  • Neurogenic Communication Disorders: Dysphagia, Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Motivational interviewing Counseling: Psychosocial risk factors of health
  • Augmentative & Commercial Communication Device Use (Apple, Alexa) in Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Integrative Nutrition: Special Diets & Organic Recipes for Special Needs Children
  • International Health Disparities & Health Equities, Pediatric Special Healthcare Needs

 

 DR. LI-RONG LILLY CHENG

Dr. Li-Rong Lilly Cheng served as Professor in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Executive Director of Chinese Cultural Center at San Diego State University.   Professor Cheng served as a member of the board of trustees of the Campanile Foundation of San Diego State University.  She is the past chair of the Multicultural Issues Board for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and served as chair of Education Committee for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) and is the immediate past President of IALP. She is a Fellow of ASHA and received the Honors of ASHA (the highest honor) in 2013.

She was selected by ABC as one of 25 most influential women in the history of San Diego. Professor Cheng was the past President of the Phi Beta Delta Chapter at SDSU. In 2015, Dr. Cheng was giving an Honor by the Asian Pacific Association of Speech Language and Hearing for her four decades of research and services to the communicatively challenged populations. She has written many books and research articles on this topic.

Professor Cheng founded in 1990 the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of ASHA and has travelled to many parts of the world to promote services for the speech, language and hearing impaired populations.  In the last two decades, Dr. Cheng has given lectures in  Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Brazil, Israel,  Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Kumpuchea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong and Macao, India, Japan, Vietnam and Sri Lanka and European countries.

She has received many awards from San Diego State University and professional organizations. She was selected as the outstanding alumnus of Michigan State University. Dr. Cheng is the recipient of the 1997 ASHA Award for special contributions to Multicultural Affairs and the recipient of the 2002 Diversity Award from the California Speech & Hearing Association. She is on the editorial board of several major professional journals. She has numerous professional publications and has lectured all over the world. In 2007, she received the best research article award from Council of Exceptional Children. In 2010, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation. She received the 2012 Monty’s Award from SDSU.  She received the 2013 Diversity Award  from CAPCSD.  Dr. Cheng was selected as a Woman of Dedication by the Salvation Army in 2016.  In addition, she was honored by the KPBS as an Asian Hero in 2016.  In May of 2016, her story was the focus of the New American Museum in San Diego. She was featured on the San Diego Union Tribune Stories of Immigrants in September, 2018.

Dr. Cheng has published numerous articles and books on cross-cultural communication research, translation and interpretation, language learning disorders and language teaching focusing on the development of an optimal language learning environment (OLLE).  She is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of speech, language pathology, culture, cross-cultural understanding, ASD and bilingual language learning/teaching She served as consultant for the Sesame Street and Tiffany and Company.

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Skye Nandi Adams – MSc, BSc, Registered Speech Language Pathologist

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Skye is a lecturer in the department of Speech Language Pathology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Skye holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Cape Town and an MSc in Language Development from the University College London (UK). She is currently registered for her PhD focusing on an exploration of mealtimes for families with children with ASD in Gauteng, South Africa. Her PhD is supported by the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) doctoral fellowship program.

She is a registered speech language pathologist who has worked in a number of different contexts in South Africa as well as globally. She has engaged in course development and research supervision both at an undergraduate and a postgraduate level. Her research interests lie within the field of paediatric neurogenic communication disorders- specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy (CP), paediatric dysphagia, knowledge transfer, child language development as well as teaching and learning and transformation within higher education. Skye is currently involved in several research projects focusing on ASD and associated feeding and swallowing difficulties.

Contact information: skye.adams@wits.ac.za

 

Elena Kkese – PhD, MA, BA, AFHEA

Elena Kkese is an applied linguist and an English language instructor. She received her PhD in Linguistics in 2014. Elena has taught courses in Applied Linguistics and/or TESOL to University students at a BA and MA level at the University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology, European University, and University of Central Lancashire. She has taught English to students of all age groups (primary-tertiary level) in the private and public sector in Greek-speaking Cyprus. Elena’s research focuses on phonetics and its relation to phonology, bilingualism, sociophonetics, sociolinguistics, teaching and education. Her research interests include the speech and visual perception and production of phonetic and contextual information in L1 and L2 and the implications to L2 pronunciation and literacy. The main languages her research focuses on are English and Greek (incl. Cypriot-Greek), but she has also published and continues to do research on Russian. She is the author of Identifying Plosives in L2 English: the case of L1 Cypriot Greek speakers and L2 Writing Assessment: The Neglected Skill of Spelling and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the areas of L2 speech perception, phonology, spelling, and writing.

Contact information: ElenaKkese@hotmail.com

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