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Published on October 1st, 2018

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In memoriam: Judith Johnston

By Sally Millett with notes from Paola Colozzo, PhD, RSLP, S-LP(C)


One of Canada’s most influential academics in the field of speech-language and hearing sciences, Dr. Judith Johnston, sadly passed away on August 26th, 2018. A former member of SAC, Dr. Johnston was a strong advocate for the professional community and worked tirelessly to supervise and mentor students in their clinical research and professional learning experiences.

Dr. Johnston was widely recognized for her contributions to the field of communication sciences and disorders, in particular the understanding of developmental relationships between language and cognition. These honours include a Canadian 3M Teaching Fellowship, the Honors of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and a lifetime achievement award from colleagues at the Symposium for Research in Child Language Disorders.

A brief history of Dr. Johnston’s career and contributions are included on the website of School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia, where Dr. Johnston served as director, professor and professor emerita. The page also provides space for all who knew Judith to share their memories and reflect on her remarkable career and life.




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