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Tammy Hopper, PhD, MS, BA


Rehabilitation Medicine

Communication Sciences and Disorders

About Me

I am a graduate supervisor among the academic staff at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. I am seconded to the Provost's office beginning January 2017.


Post-Doctoral Fellowship – National Centre for Neurogenic Communication Disorders - University of Arizona (USA)

PhD - Speech and Hearing Sciences - University of Arizona

MS - Speech Language Pathology - Idaho State University  

BA- Psychology - University of Manitoba

Background Information

I am a registered speech-language pathologist with the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA), a member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA, USA). After my Master’s degree, I practiced clinically in medical and long-term care settings in Oregon and Florida before returning to do my PhD and post-doctoral work at the University of Arizona. I joined the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Alberta in July, 2001. I was appointed Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in July, 2012, and Vice-Dean in July 2015 - December 2016. 

Professional Interests

I am interested in the promotion of cognition and communication abilities of typically aging older adults and individuals with dementia. I have served on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations serving older adults, including the Excel Society, the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and the Alberta Association on Gerontology.


  • The effects of hearing loss on cognitive-communication function in individuals with dementia
  • Decision-making capacity and adults with neurological communication disorders
  • Cognitive-communication interventions for Alzheimer’s disease and primary progressive aphasia
  • Older adults’ access to rehabilitation services

My work has been funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, the Alzheimer’s Association (USA), the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, and the CapitalCare Foundation.


I teach CSD 529 - Adult Language Disorders II, which is a class designed to help students learn about cognitive-communication disorders associated with neurological conditions, as well as cognition and communication in healthy aging. Outside of the classroom, I supervise students in the CSD 900 Capstone Research Project, the MSc-SLP thesis track, and the MSc and PhD-Rehabilitation Science programs and serve on supervisory committees for thesis students in units across campus.