PhD, UAlberta

Janine Chesworth is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Her early education experiences span 17 years and have included both co-teaching and consulting in preschool classrooms alongside her long-term role as a clinical educator at the University of Alberta. She also has special interests in Developmental Trauma and motor speech disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Oral Myofunctional disorders and Dysarthria. Since 2013, Janine has provided early-learning SLP to Indigenous communities both on and off reserve. It is within these settings that Janine was inspired to pursue the work of researching relational ethics within professional SLP practice. She is currently a doctoral student in Special Education in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. Through the human science lens of phenomenology, her proposed study seeks to sensitize the field of SLP to the ethical considerations of working in Indigenous contexts by better understanding the lived experiences of Indigenous children and their families receiving SLP care.