Andrea Ruelling, (she/her) MA, R.SLP, CCC-SLP
MA – Speech & Hearing Sciences – Washington State University – 2004
BGS – University of North Dakota – 2002
BA – Psychology & Linguistics – University of Winnipeg – 2001
After receiving her BA (Psychology & Linguistics) from the University of Winnipeg, Andrea 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 community-based rehab team; and her own private practice. She joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in April 2014.
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 also the co-founder of the Corbett Aphasia Rehabilitation and Education (CARE) program, an aphasia centre providing programming to people with aphasia. 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.
Innovative Teaching Award - Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (2021)
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. (2019). Taking the classroom to camp: The facilitators’ role in creating an impactful interprofessional experiential learning opportunity. Journal of Interprofessional Care, December 2019 (1-8).
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. (2021, November). So you want to start a (virtual) aphasia centre. Oral presentation at 2021 American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference. Washington, DC.
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.
CSD 509 – Motor Speech Disorders
CSD 502 – Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
CSD 505 – Speech Science
CSD 520 – Adult Language Disorders
CSD 516 – Diagnosis and Appraisal of Communication Disorders
CSD 524 – Introduction to Clinical Practicum I
CSD 525 – Introduction to Clinical Practicum II
CSD 532/533 - Advanced Clinical Practicum I
CSD 540/541 - Advanced Clinical Practicum II
Study of dysarthria and dyspraxia (congenital and acquired) including the nature of their underlying neuropathologies, methods of instrumental and perceptual assessment, and systematic instrumental and behavioral management strategies. Prerequisites: CSD 502 or equivalent and CSD 505, 507, 511. Prerequisite or corequisite: CSD 520. (Restricted to MScSLP students only.) Not open to students with credit in SPA 509.
A variety of topics will be offered. Students can register in this for credit toward the MScSLP requirement of 1 credit in elective coursework.