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 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 the success and abandonment issues of AAC devices with adult users. She has worked in several settings with an adult neurogenic population, including; inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital; intensive Aphasia rehab with 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. She was honoured by being named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2018, which celebrated her work with individuals with aphasia, their families and how she provides creative learning opportunities for students, both in the classroom and outside of it.
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 coordinator for the camp. She is also 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.