Patricia Roberts


Patricia Roberts
Associate Professor

1995 Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology) University of Montreal
1980 M.A. Speech Pathology Florida State University
1977 B.A. French Queen's University

RGN 3072

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 4861
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After obtaining her Master's degree, she worked primarily with adult stuttering and aphasias at the Niagara Peninsula Rehabilitation Centre, then at The Rehabilitation Centre in Ottawa. From 1988 to 1994, she was Director of Speech Language Pathology at St. Vincent Hospital (Sisters of Charity of Ottawa Health Service), with a caseload of neurological speech and language disorders in addition to administrative duties. She was Chairman of the Sub-committee on Examinations (SLP) for the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists for 11 years and remains active within CASLPA.  She is a certified speech-language pathologist and member of CASLPA, CASLPO and ASHA.

Currently Associate Professor, she is a contributing author to leading textbooks on aphasia and stuttering, and has published 8 book chapters in both scholarly books and widely used textbooks in both aphasia and stuttering. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, with coauthors from Canada, the USA, and Europe. Her research has been funded by the CNFS, ASHA and SSHRC.

Research Interests

  • Assessing naming deficits in bilingual adults;
  • Treatment efficacy in aphasia, both unilingual and bilingual;
  • Assessment and treatment of stuttering, including bilingual stuttering;
  • Research standards and the translation and interpretation of research results in clinical practice.


On aphasia

  • Roberts, P.M. & Doucet, N.  (2011). Performance of French speaking Quebec adults on the Boston Naming Test.  Canadian Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology,  5(3), 254-267.
  • Kiran, S. & Roberts, P.M.  (2010). Semantic feature analysis treatment in Spanish-English and French-English bilingual aphasia. Aphasiology24(2), 231-261. 
  • Roberts, P.M.  (2008). Aphasia assessment and treatment in bilingual and multicultural populations.  In R. Chapey (Ed.). Language intervention strategies in adult aphasia. 5th edition (pp. 245 – 276). Baltimore:  Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.     
  •  Roberts, P.M. & Kiran, S. (2007) Bilingual aphasia and anomia.  In A. Ardila & E. Ramos (Eds.).  Speech and language disorders in bilinguals (pp. 109 – 130). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  •  Roberts, P.M., Code, C.F.S., & McNeil, M.R. (2003).  Describing participants in aphasia research. Part 1: Audit of current practices. Aphasiology, 17 (10), 911-932.
  •  Roberts, P.M., Garcia, L.J., & Desrochers, A., & Hernandez, D.  (2002). English performance of proficient bilingual adults on the Boston Naming Test.  Aphasiology, 16, 635-645. 

On Stuttering

  • Roberts, P.M. (2011). Methodology matters.  In P. Howell & J. Van Borsel (Eds). Multilingual Aspects of Fluency Disorders (pp. 353-369).  In series: Communication Disorders across Languages. Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters.
  • Roberts, P.M., Meltzer, A., & Wilding, J.  (2009). Disfluencies in non-stuttering adults across sample lengths and topics. Journal of Communication Disorders, 42, 414-427.
  • Roberts, P.M. & Shenker, R.C.  (2007). Assessment and treatment of stuttering in bilingual speakers. In E.G. Conture  & R.F. Curlee (Eds). Stuttering and related disorders of fluency 3rd edition (pp. 183-209). New York: Thieme Medical Publishers.
  • Roberts, P.M. (2007). Stuttering in bilinguals.  In A. Ardila & E. Ramos (Eds.). Speech and language disorders in bilinguals(pp. 109-130).  New York: Nova Science Publishers.
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