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Susan Rvachew


susan [dot] rvachew [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Child Phonology Lab


BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Alberta
MSc & PhD Experimental Psychology, University of Calgary


Research Interests

Research interests are focused on phonological development and disorders with specific research topics including: the role of speech perception development in sound production learning; speech development in infancy; efficacy of interventions for phonological disorders; and computer applications in the treatment of phonological disorders. Current projects include a longitudinal investigation of deficits in phonological awareness skills in pre-schoolers with delayed phonological development, relationship between auditory attention and babbling skills in infants with early onset otitis media, and cross-linguistic differences in the acoustic characteristics of vowels produced by infants.

Representative Publications

Rvachew, S. (2009). Perceptually based interventions. In C. Bowen, Children's speech sound disorders. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 152-155.

Rvachew, S., Alhaidary, A., Mattock, K., & Polka, L. (2008). Emergence of the corner vowels in the babble produced by infants exposed to Canadian English or Canadian French. Journal of Phonetics, 36, 564-577.

Rvachew, S., & Grawburg, M. (2008). Reflections on phonological working memory, letter knowledge and phonological awareness: A reply to Hartmann (2008). Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 51, 1219-1226.

Chiang, P. & Rvachew, S. (2007). English-French bilingual children’s phonological awareness and vocabulary skills. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 10, 293-308.

Rvachew, S. (2007). Phonological processing and reading in children with speech sound disorders. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16, 260-270.