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Elizabeth 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:

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.

Fitzpatrick, E.M., Olds, J., Gaboury, I., McCrae, R., Schramm, D. & Durieux-Smith, A. Comparison of outcomes in children with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Cochlear Implants International, 2012;13:5-15.

Fournier, P., Fitzpatrick, E.M., Séguin, C., Armstrong, S., Chénier, J. & Schramm, D. The FM Benefit Counseling Tool (FM-BCT): Development of a tool for assessing the benefit of FM amplification from the perspective of adult cochlear implant users. Submitted to the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 2012;36:156-167.

Eriks-Brophy, A., Durieux-Smith, A., Olds, J., Fitzpatrick, E.M. Duquette, C. & Whittingham, J. Communication, academic and social skills of young adults with hearing loss. The Volta Review, 2012; 112:5-35.

Olds, J., Fitzpatrick, E.M. Séguin, C. Moran, L., Whittingham, J. & Schramm, D. Facilitating the transition from the pediatric to adult cochlear implant setting: Perspectives of cochlear implant professionals. Cochlear Implants International, 2012;13(4):197-205.

Fitzpatrick, E.M., Johnson, E., & Durieux-Smith, A. Exploring factors that affect age of cochlear implantation in children. International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2011; 75:1082-1087.

Fitzpatrick, E.M., Jacques, J.,& Neuss, D. Parental perspectives on decision-making and outcomes in pediatric bilateral cochlear implantation. International Journal of Audiology, 2011; 50:679-687(9).

Fitzpatrick, E.M. & Durieux-Smith, A. Universal newborn hearing screening improves quality of life in children aged 3-5 years but does not show a clear relationship with spoken language skills. Evidence-Based Medicine, 2011; 16:57-58.

Fitzpatrick, E.M., Crawford, L., Ni, A., Durieux-Smith, A. A descriptive analysis of language and speech skills in 4- to 5- year old children with hearing loss. Ear and Hearing, 2011;32:605-616.

Fitzpatrick, E.M., Johnson, E., & Durieux-Smith, A (2011). Exploring factors that affect age of cochlear implantation in children. International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology, 75, 1082-1087.

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