Jessica Harasym

Jessica Harasym

Dr. Jessica Harasym O'Byrne

Senior Speech-Language Pathologist, ISTAR
Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children Clinical Chair

A graduate of the University of Alberta, Dr. Jessica Harasym O’Byrne holds a Master of Speech-Language Pathology and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science.

As a long-time ISTAR clinician, Jessica is dedicated to providing individualized and client-focused services to children, youth and adults experiencing changes or differences in speech fluency, including developmental stuttering, cluttering, neurogenic, and psychogenic stuttering. She has completed training in the Comprehensive Stuttering Program, the Lidcombe Stuttering Treatment Program, Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy, the Camperdown Program for Teens and Adults who Stutter, and has training necessary to provide evaluations and fittings for the Speech Easy® device.

Jessica’s research interests include communication changes resulting from concussions and mild traumatic brain injury, evidence-based treatment for neurodevelopmental and acquired stuttering, video self-modeling as a treatment maintenance strategy for people who stutter, virtual delivery of speech and language services, and stuttering treatment for individuals with complex communication and learning needs. Her current line of research pioneers the use of arts-based qualitative research methodologies in communication sciences. Jessica has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and presented her research at provincial, national and international conferences.

Jessica is passionate about teaching, clinical training and mentorship and enjoys speaking at public, academic, and professional events. In 2019, she was honoured to serve as a committee member for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada's position statement on the role of speech-language pathologists in concussion management.


Academic Publications

Jones, C., Harasym, J., Miguel-Cruz, A., Chrisholm, S., Smith-MacDonald, L., & Breamult-Phillips, S. (2021). Neurocognitive Assessment Tools for Military Personnel with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Scoping Literature Review. Journal of Medical Internet Research, Mental Health. doi:10.2196/26360 (

Harasym, J., Langevin, M., & Kully, D. (2015). Video self-modeling as a post-treatment fluency recovery strategy for adults. Journal of Fluency Disorders44, 32–45.

Harasym, J., & Langevin, M. (2012). Stuttering treatment for a school-age child with Down syndrome: a descriptive case report. Journal of Fluency Disorders37(4), 253–262.

National Position Statement

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada. Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Concussion Management Position Statement [Internet]. 2019.

Committee Members

Skirving, E., Harasym O’Byrne, J., MacDonald, S., Vowles, M., Welch-West, P., Wright, M.