Melissa Skoczylas, PhD, R.SLP, SLP(C)

Assistant Teaching Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders

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Assistant Teaching Professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Email
mskoczyl@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

I completed my Master’s in Speech–Language Pathology in 1998 here at UAlberta. Following my passion for language and literacy development in school-aged children with language disorders, I worked as a clinician at the Tevie Miller Heritage School Program for nearly 20 years. I have served as a clinical educator both at Tevie Miller and at Corbett Clinic. In 2011, I received the Clinical Educator of the Year Award. In 2010, I returned to the academic world, teaching the Language and Literacy course for the department, and received the Sessional Teaching Award for this work. I went on to teach Language and Literacy over several more years, earning the Sessional Award again in 2015. I have taught a number of CSD courses, including 211, 501, 518, and 511. In 2011, I paused my clinical career to pursue my doctorate, focusing on reading comprehension in children with developmental language disorder. My current research interests focus on the measurement and characterization of language and literacy abilities in school-aged children. In January, 2019, I joined the department on a permanent basis as the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. In this role, I oversee the clinical placement program for our students, and teach CSD 516. 


Research

Research focus: My work focuses on the measurement and characterization of language skills in children with language impairment. I am particularly interested in the development of literacy and narrative skills, and the clinical implications of research findings in these areas. 

Overview of Research Program: My current research program comprises a set of projects investigating children's language skills in reading comprehension tasks and in natural language samples. We are investigating the relationship of oral language skills to the development of reading comprehension, including how eye-tracking measures may provide insight into subtle aspects of comprehension monitoring. In another arm of my research program, we are looking at measures that may help us to better understand and characterize children's language skills as evidenced in natural narrative language samples.

Courses

CSD 525 - Introduction to Clinical Practicum II

Credit. Continued practical application of clinical procedures under direct supervision. Normally students will acquire experience with alternative service delivery models such as group treatment. A minimum of 25 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued. Prerequisite: CSD 524. (Restricted to MScSLP students only.) Not open to students with credit in SPA 525.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
CSD 532 - Advanced Clinical Practicum

Credit. Full-time supervised clinical practice normally for a period of six weeks in an approved clinical service facility. Students will have completed all academic course work and will be prepared to work with a broad range of communication disorders under reduced supervision. A minimum of 75 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued. Prerequisites: CSD 525 and all MScSLP academic courses. (Restricted to MScSLP students only.) Not open to students with credit in SPA 532.

Winter Term 2021
CSD 533 - Advanced Clinical Practicum

Credit. Full-time supervised clinical practice normally for a period of six weeks in an approved clinical service facility. Students will have completed all academic course work and will be prepared to work with a broad range of communication disorders under reduced supervision. A minimum of 75 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued. Prerequisites: CSD 525 and all MScSLP academic courses. (Restricted to MScSLP students only.) Not open to students with credit in SPA 533.

Winter Term 2021
CSD 570 - Elective

A variety of topics will be offered. Students can register in these for credit toward the MScSLP requirement of 2 credits in elective coursework. Course title is variable; course may be repeated.

Fall Term 2020
CSD 597 - Advanced Clinical Practicum

May be repeated. Credit. Full-time supervised clinical practice for a period varying from four to twelve weeks in an approved clinical service facility. Students will have completed all academic course work and will be prepared to work with a broad range of communication disorders under reduced supervision. Direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued. Prerequisites: CSD 516 and 524 and permission of the department. (Restricted to MScSLP students only.)

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Overview of Research Program

My current research program comprises a set of projects investigating children's language skills in reading comprehension tasks and in natural language samples. We are investigating the relationship of oral language skills to the development of reading comprehension, including how eye-tracking measures may provide insight into subtle aspects of comprehension monitoring. In another arm of my research program, we are looking at measures that may help us to better understand and characterize children's language skills as evidenced in natural narrative language samples.


Research - Research Focus

My work focuses on the measurement and characterization of language skills in children with language impairment. I am particularly interested in the development of literacy and narrative skills, and the clinical implications of research findings in these areas.