Keynote and Invited Speakers
The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to introduce the conference's keynote and invited speakers.
Professor Yvette Hyter
Yvette D. Hyter, Ph.D., is Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA and a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Her research and teaching focus on the influences of culture on communication development and disorders, with emphasis in the areas of (1) pragmatic language and social communication of speakers of African American English and (2) culturally responsive and globally sustainable practices.
As a founding member of the Children's Trauma Assessment Center of Southwest Michigan, Professor Hyter’s clinical concentration is twofold: (1) the social pragmatic language of children with histories of maltreatment and prenatal alcohol exposure and (2) transdisciplinary assessments. She developed a social pragmatic communication assessment battery for young children that is currently being tested in Brazil, Cyprus, Greece, and the United States.
As Co-Director of a nonprofit, Cultural Connections: Transnational Research and Education Laboratory, Professor Hyter co-teaches study-abroad courses in West Africa and in the U.S. Midwest about the causes and consequences of globalisation on systems, policies, and practices. She has published articles underscoring the need for conceptual frameworks guiding practice in globally sustainable ways, a co-authored book on culturally responsive practices, and served in leadership positions regarding global practice, diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Professor Yvette Hyter: Keynote Address Abstract
Professor Yvette Hyter: Masterclass Abstract
Professor Yvette Hyter: Seminar Abstract
Professor Swathi Kiran
Swathi Kiran is Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Associate Dean for Research at the College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She received her Ph.D from Northwestern University. Her research interests focus around lexical semantic treatment for individuals with aphasia, bilingual aphasia and neuroimaging of brain plasticity following a stroke. She has over 100 publications and her work has appeared in high impact journals across a variety of disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, rehabilitation, speech language pathology and bilingualism.
Swathi is a fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and serves on various journal editorial boards and grant review panels including at National Institutes of Health. Her work has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health/NIDCD and American Speech Language Hearing Foundation awards including the New Investigator grant, the New Century Scholar’s Grant and the Clinical Research grant. She is the co-founder and scientific advisor for Constant Therapy, now owned by The Learning Corporation, a software platform for rehabilitation tools after brain injury.
Professor Swathi Kiran: Keynote Address Abstract
Professor Swathi Kiran: Masterclass Abstract
Professor Swathi Kiran: Seminar Abstract
Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award Recipient
Associate Professor Sally Hewat
Associate Professor Sally Hewat is an academic in speech pathology and Assistant Dean, International at the University of Newcastle. Sally’s work has been supported by international and external funding exceeding $2M and has been recognized through five University awards. She is recognised internationally as an innovative academic leader in transnational education, curriculum development and the preparation of speech pathology students for practice. Her leadership has enabled international mobility for more than 70 speech pathology students supported by over $350k to undertake assessable clinical placements across the Asia Pacific Region.
Sally is an Accreditation Assessor for Speech Pathology Australia; she led the 2018 SPA Clinical Education in Australia project and was an integral member of the national Simulation in Speech Pathology project (2014-2018). Recently, her work has focused on the development of speech pathology in majority world countries and under-served communities. Sally volunteers on the Board of Trinh Foundation Australia supporting the development of speech therapy in Vietnam. Sally has been recognized with a prestigious award and medal from the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. Sally is also working in collaboration with Universities and industry partners to develop innovative training programs and clinical practices in China.
Associate Professor Sally Hewat: Keynote Address Abstract