Jessica Harasym

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

PhD Candidate Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Jessica began her involvement with ISTAR in the early 2000s as a volunteer, research assistant and student clinician. Since then, she has been committed to providing the best possible care for people who stutter and their families. Jessica graduated from the Masters of Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Alberta in 2005 and was proud to join ISTAR’s clinical team in 2008. Passionate about research in communication sciences, Jessica is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Jessica provides individualized and client-focused services to children, youth and adults experiencing fluency disorders, including 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 provides evaluations and fittings for the Speech Easy® device.

Jessica’s research interests include acquired communication difficulties resulting from concussions and mild traumatic brain injury, evidence-based treatment for neurodevelopmental and acquired stuttering, video self-modeling as a relapse recovery strategy for people who stutter, virtual delivery of speech and language services, and stuttering treatment for individuals with complex communication and learning needs. Her PhD research focuses on gathering the experiences of those living with post-concussion communication difficulties.


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.