Andrea Ruelling, MA, R.SLP, CCC-SLP

Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders


Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine - Communication Sciences & Disorders




MA – Speech & Hearing Sciences – Washington State University – 2004

BGS – University of North Dakota – 2002

BA – Psychology & Linguistics – University of Winnipeg – 2001

Background Information

After receiving her BA (Psychology & Linguistics) from the University of Winnipeg, Andrea Ruelling completed post-baccalaureate training at the University of North Dakota. From there, she attended Washington State University, where she received her MA in Speech and Hearing Sciences, with a thesis focusing on issues that surround success and abandonment of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices within an adult population. 

She has worked in several settings including; inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital; the intensive Aphasia rehab program (InteRACT), at Dalhousie University; as part of an interdisciplinary team providing in-home rehab for individuals recovering from stroke; and through her own private practice. She joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in April 2014

Professional Interests

Andrea's clinical area of interest is working with adults with neurogenic communication disorders, primarily caused by stroke or brain injury. She is a founding member of the Alberta Aphasia Camp, in partnership with March of Dimes Canada, and remains the co-coordinator for the camp. She is highly interested in client-centred care, clinical supervision of new clinicians, and providing experiential learning opportunities for her students. She is an affiliate of Aphasia Access. 


Top 40 Under 40, Avenue Magazine, Edmonton, AB (2017)

Rehabilitation Medicine Students Association - Excellence in Teaching (2015)



Kim, E., Ruelling, A., Werther, K., King, S. (In press). Taking the classroom to camp: The facilitators’ role in creating an impactful interprofessional experiential learning opportunity. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Kim, E. S., Ruelling, A., Garcia, J. R., & Kajner, R. (2017). A pilot study examining the impact of aphasia camp participation on quality of life for people with aphasia. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 24(2), 107-113.

Scholarly presentations (selection)

Ruelling, A., Kim, E., Sather, T., Hoepner, J., Clark, M., Knutson, M (2019, March). More than a get-away. The Aphasia Camp experience. Round Table presentation. Aphasia Access Leadership Summit 2019. Baltimore, MD.

Ruelling, A., Kim, E. (2019, March). Experiential learning and the LPAA: A guide for facilitators. Round Table presentation. Aphasia Access Leadership Summit 2019. Baltimore, MD.

George, S., Komarnicki, L., Weishaupt, A., Ruelling, A., Werther, K., Kim, E. (2018, October). Examining interdisciplinary competencies from volunteering at Alberta Aphasia Camp. Poster presentation at 2018 Qualitative Health Research Conference. Halifax, NS.

King, S., Werther, K., Ruelling, A., Kim, E. (2018, September). Creating an impactful interprofessional experiential learning opportunity: A case study. Oral presentation at 2018 All Together Better Health IX (ATBH IX) Conference. Auckland, NZ. 

Kim, E., Ruelling, A., Werther, K., King, S. (2018, May). Experiential Learning and Student Empowerment: A case study from Alberta Aphasia Camp. Oral presentation at 2018 Festival of Teaching and Learning (FoTL) Conference. Edmonton, AB.   

Fox, L., Clark, M. B., Hoepner, J., Key-DeLyria, S., Kim, E., Ruelling, A. & Sather, T. (2016, November). Utility of the camp environment as a service delivery model: Lessons learned from aphasia camps. Seminar presented at 2016 American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Kim, E. S., Ruelling, A. & Kajner, R. (2015, March). Alberta Aphasia Camp: Examining engagement and social participation outcomes. Poster presented at the inaugural Aphasia Access Leadership Summit. Boston, MA.


Course instructor

CSD 509 – Motor Speech Disorders

Lab Coordinator/Instructor

CSD 502 – Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

CSD 505 – Speech Science

CSD 526 – Voice & Resonance Disorders

Guest Lecturer

CSD 520 – Adult Language Disorders 

CSD 516 – Diagnosis and Appraisal of Communication Disorders

CSD 524 – Introduction to Clinical Practicum I