Andrée Durieux-Smith


Andrée Durieux-Smith
Emeritus Professor

1974 Ph.D. Human Communication Disorders McGill University
1968 M.Sc.A. Human Communication Disorders McGill University
1964 B.Sc. Biological Sciences McGill University
1960 B.A. Lettres Collège Marie de France

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Andrée Durieux-Smith


Andrée Durieux-Smith is an audiology professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and Vice-Dean (Professoral and International Affairs) of the Faculty of Health Sciences. After completing her Ph.D. in Human Communication Disorders at McGill University in 1974, she became the founding director of the audiology department of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). In 1993, she became the founding director of the graduate program in audiology and speech-language pathology at the University of Ottawa. From 1997 to 1999, she was the first director of the newly formed School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Since 1981, she has been awarded external funding (NCE, NHRDP, MRC, SSHRC) for her research on childhood hearing-impairment. Her research laboratory is located in the CHEO Research Institute. For her research, she has received awards from the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the American Auditory Society. Her areas of research include methods and strategies for early detection of deafness in children and, specifically, systematic detection in newborns, as well as the impact of factors such as age at diagnosis, modes of therapy and technology (e.g., cochlear implants) on the development of hearing-impaired children.

She has chaired a number of federal government working groups, the last one being the Canadian Working Group on Childhood Hearing.

In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Factors influencing the development of hearing-impaired children, such as systematic detection in newborns, age at diagnosis, modes of therapy and technology (cochlear implants).


  • Fitzpatrick, E., Graham, I., Durieux-Smith, A., Coyle, D., Angus, D., (2006) Parents’ Perspectives on the Impact of the Early Diagnosis of Childhood Hearing Loss’. International Journal of Audiology, (in press).
  • Fitzpatrick, E., Durieux-Smith, A., Angus, D., Olds, J., Schramm, D., Whittingham, J. (2006) Economic evaluation of cochlear implants in children, Journal of speech language pathology and audiology. Journal of Speech language pathology and audiology (JSLPA), 30 (4), 215-223.
  • Eriks-Brophy, A., Durieux-Smith, A., Olds, J., Fitzpatrick, E., Duquette, C., Whittingham, J. (2006) Facilitators and barriers to the inclusion of orally educated children and youth with hearing loss in schools : promoting partnerships to support inclusion.  Volta Review, 106 (1), 53-88.
  • Eriks-Brophy, A., Durieux-Smith, A., Olds, J., Fitzpatrick, E., Duquette, C., Whittingham, J., Variables associated with the inclusion of children and youth with hearing loss with schools and communities. Volta Review (in press).
  • Fitzpatrick, E., Johnston, C., Angus, D. and Durieux-Smith, A. (2006). Fitting Audiology within the Population Health Perspective – Canadian Journal of Public Health, 97 (2): 153-155.
  • Johnston, C.J., Durieux-Smith, A. and Bloom, K. (2005). Teaching gestural signs to infants to advance child development: A review of the evidence. First language, 25: 235-251.
  • Duquette, C., Durieux-Smith, A., Olds, J., Fitzpatrick, E., Eriks-Brophy, A. and Whittingham, J. (2002).  Parents’ perspectives on their roles in facilitating the inclusion of their children with hearing impairment.  Exceptionality Education Canada ,12(1), 19-36.
  • Durieux-Smith, A. and Stuart, A. (2000). Newborn Hearing Screening: A Canadian Historical Perspective.  JSLPA, 24(2), 44-47.
  • Durieux-Smith, A. and Whittingham, J.  The rationale for neonatal hearing screening (2000).  JSLPA, 24(2), 59-67.
  • Durieux-Smith, A., Seewald, R. and Hyde, M. (2000). The CASLPA/CAA position statement on newborn hearing screening.  JSLPA, 24(3), 137-140.
  • Picton, T.W., Durieux-Smith, A., Champagne, S.C., Whittingham, J., Moran, L.M., Giguère, C.T., Beauregard, Y. (1998).  Objective Evaluation of Aided Thresholds using Auditory Steady State Responses.  Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 9(5):315-331. (paper highlighted in editorial and in The Best of 1998: Hearing Science, The Hearing Journal, May 1999).

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