Monique Charest (Alumni) - University of British Columbia
|Award Type:||Predoctoral Award|
|Discipline:||Speech Language Pathology|
|Project Title:||The impact of processing demands on language in specific language impairment|
Monique is a doctoral candidate in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Queen’s University, and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Purdue University (Indiana, USA). Prior to returning to school for her PhD, Monique provided community-based speech and language services with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, and worked as a member of multidisciplinary teams providing assessment to children with complex needs at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC, Provincial Health Services Authority). Monique’s research interests are shaped by her clinical experiences and background working in laboratories that studied language and cognitive development, and speech production and perception from both basic science and clinical perspectives. Her Master’s thesis investigated the extent to which a theory of grammatical knowledge deficits predicted the language productions of young children with Specific Language Impairment, and was published in the Journal of Child Language. Monique’s doctoral research examines the real-time processing mechanisms that underlie sentence production, with the goal of developing new avenues into the study of why some children struggle to successfully translate their thoughts into words. Her current work examines how lexical activation timing affects children’s sentence patterns and ability to produce sentences fluently and grammatically.