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Elizabeth Fitzpatrick photo of Dr. Fitzpatrick
Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute
Associate Professor, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology,
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
Editor of the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
613-737-7600 Ext. 3907
Research Practice Areas:
Current Research:
Dr. Fitzpatrick's current pediatric research project(s) are focused on learning more about the factors affecting auditory and spoken language development for children identified with permanent hearing loss who use cochlear implants or hearing aids. Our research also aims to learn how to best support families of affected children by examining their needs, including those that affect important decisions for their children, their perspectives of important outcomes and their views of the factors that facilitate spoken language and healthy development. Achieving a better understanding of the epidemiology of hearing disorders in children is also an area of research in our lab.
Research Team:
Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, and an Associate Professor in Audiology in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa. Before joining the university, she held clinical and management positions at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Working in collaboration with colleagues at CHEO and the Ottawa Hospital, her research on hearing loss and its effects cover the spectrum from infants to adults. Her current research is primarily supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as well as by a CIHR New Investigator Award and a Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program career enhancement award. She is the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
  • Dr. Fitzpatrick holds a CIHR New Investigator Award and an Ontario Ministry Research & Innovation Early Researcher Award (2012).
  • Dr. Fitzpatrick has recently released her book entitled "Apprendre a écouter et a parler"
Sample Publications:

Charron C, Fitzpatrick E, McSweeney E, Rabjohn K, Somerville R, Steacie P. Language ENvironment Analysis (LENA) with children with hearing loss: A clinical pilot. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 2016; 40(1):93-103. 

Fitzpatrick E, Grandpierre V, Durieux-Smith A, Gaboury I, Coyle D, Na E, Sallam N. Children With Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss: Parents' Reflections on Experiences and Outcomes. J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 2016; 21(1):34-43.

Fitzpatrick EM, Hamel C, Stevens A, Pratt M, Moher D, Doucet SP, Neuss D, Bernstein A, Na E. Sign Language and Spoken Language for Children With Hearing Loss: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics 2016; 137(1). 
Barreira-Nielsen C, Fitzpatrick E, Hashem S, Whittingham J, Barrowman N, Aglipay M. Progressive Hearing Loss in Early Childhood. Ear Hear 2016; 37(5):e311-e321. 
Fitzpatrick, E. M., Durieux-Smith, A., Gaboury, I., Coyle, D., & Whittingham, J. Communication Development in Early-Identified Children with Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss. American Journal of Audiology. 2015.

Fitzpatrick, E. M., Ham, J., & Whittingham, J. Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: Why Do Children Receive Implants Late? Ear and hearing. 2015.

Fitzpatrick, E. M., Thibert, J., Grandpierre, V., & Johnston, J. C. How HANDy are baby signs? A systematic review of the impact of gestural communication on typically developing, hearing infants under the age of 36 months. First Language. 2014; 34(6): 486-509.

Fitzpatrick, E. M., & Olds, J. Practitioners' perspectives on the functioning of school-age children with cochlear implants. Cochlear Implants International. 2014; 16(1): 9-23.

Fitzpatrick, E. M., Stevens, A., Garritty, C., & Moher, D. The effects of sign language on spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews. 2013, 2:108.

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