Esther Kim, PhD, MS, BSc

Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Acting Associate Dean Grad Studies, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation Medicine

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Email
esther.kim@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 248-1542
Address
3-79 Corbett (E.A.) Hall
8205 - 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G4

Acting Associate Dean Grad Studies, Faculty of Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation Medicine
Email
esther.kim@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Credentials
PhD – Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences – University of Arizona – 2006
MS – Speech-Language Pathology – University of Arizona – 2000
BSc – Psychology – University of Alberta – 1998

Memberships

Research Affiliate - Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute

Alberta Cognitive Neuroscience

Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders (ANCDS)

Academy of Aphasia

Background Information
After receiving her BSc (Psychology) from the University of Alberta, Dr. Kim completed graduate and post-graduate training at the University of Arizona. She has worked in several settings with adult neurogenic clients, including skilled nursing facilities, home health and the Aphasia Research Project at the University of Arizona. She joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in December 2009.

Professional Interests
Dr. Kim's research focuses on investigating cognitive factors contributing to language processing (particularly written language processing) and treatments to remediate acquired language disorders. She also investigates treatment-induced neuroplasticity in adults with acquired neurological communication disorders. She is a Research Affiliate of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, and a member of the Centre for Neuroscience and Alberta Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dr. Kim is also actively involved in aphasia awareness and advocacy in the community. She is co-founder of the Alberta Aphasia Camp, in partnership with March of Dimes Canada.


Research

The ultimate goal of our research lab is to improve the quality of life for individuals affected by acquired language disorders. Research in the lab includes studies designed to investigate cognitive mechanisms underlying language processing, developing evidence-based treatments, examining methods for increasing neural plasticity and promoting quality of life through Life Participation Approach for Aphasia (LPAA) based interventions. 

We use a combination of behavioural and clinical methods to examine cognitive (e.g., attention, working memory) and linguistic (e.g., semantic, orthographic, phonologic) processing in adults with acquired and progressive language disorders, and healthy aging populations. We also use non-invasive brain stimulation techniques - specifically transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) - in conjunction with behavioural speech-language treatment to investigate neural plasticity in aphasia.

Current Research

  • Voice Adaptive Training for Adults with Aphasia (VoiceAdapt Trial)
  • Community-Based Programming for People with Aphasia
  • Enhancing neural plasticity in aphasia 

Dr. Kim is currently recruiting individuals with aphasia as well as healthy controls (age 40+) for these research studies. Please contact her via telephone (780-248-1542) or email (esther.kim@ualberta.ca) for more information.

Announcements


Courses

CSD 520 - Adult Language Disorders I

Study of acquired aphasia including the nature of the underlying neuropathologies, methods of differential diagnosis and comprehensive assessment, and clinically-pertinent behavioral management strategies. Students will develop their understanding of the course material via a series of clinical problem solving and treatment planning exercises. Prerequisite: CSD 502 or equivalent. (Restricted to MScSLP students only.) Not open to students with credit in SPA 520.

Winter Term 2021

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Community-Based Programming for People with Aphasia

This study examines the impact of education on aphasia and communication support on the participation of people with aphasia in their communities.


Research - Neuroplasticity in Aphasia: Impact of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation

Participants will receive speech-language treatment directed towards verbal expression or reading comprehension, coupled with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This study takes place in collaboration with clinicians at the Glenrose Rehabiltitation Hospital.


Research - Voice Adaptive Training for Adults with Aphasia

20200301 - 20201231

This study examines language outcomes following training with a voice adaptive tablet-based training application for naming impairments in aphasia. Participants will be randomly assigned to received training for 5 weeks using a tablet-based home program, or to a waitlist control group, who will receive the training after a 5-week waitlist period is up.

Publications

“That’s So Much More Important than the Grades”: Learning Client Centered Care through Experiential Learning at Aphasia Camp
Author(s): Esther S. Kim, J. Renzo Garcia
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 1-20
External Link: https://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/tlcsd/vol3/iss2/3/
Cognitive effort during a short-term memory (STM) task in individuals with aphasia.
Author(s): Kim, E. S., Suleman, S. & Hopper, T.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Journal of Neurolinguistics
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneuroling.2017.12.007
A pilot study examining the impact of aphasia camp participation on quality of life for people with aphasia
Author(s): Kim, E. S., Ruelling, A., Garcia, J. R., & Kajner, R.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10749357.2016.1196907
Behavioural and eye-movement outcomes in response to text-based reading treatment for acquired alexia
Author(s): Kim, E. & Lemke, S.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09602011.2014.999688#.VNza9_kVh8E