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Tammy Hopper, PhD, MS, BA


Rehabilitation Medicine

Communication Sciences and Disorders

About Me

I am a graduate supervisor within the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. I am currently seconded to the position of Vice-Provost (Programs) in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).  


Post-Doctoral Fellowship – National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders - University of Arizona 

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), and a member of 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 from July, 2012 - July 2015 and Vice-Dean from July 2015 - December 2016. 

Professional Interests

I am interested in the promotion of cognition and communication abilities of individuals with dementia and other neuro-cognitive disorders of aging. 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, the CapitalCare Foundation and the University Hospital Foundation.


My teaching responsibilities have included classroom based instruction (CSD 529 - Adult Language Disorders II) and graduate student and research trainee supervision (MSc, PhD and PDF) within the Faculty of Rehabilitation and faculties across campus. I continue to supervise trainees.