Office: IAHS Rm. 409
Professor Hamilton, MClSc MBA, is Director of Clinical Education and an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science's new graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology.
Prof. Hamilton began practicing as a speech-language pathologist in 1994, initially working in neuro rehab at Chedoke-McMaster Hospital, then co-founding a private practice which grew to 3 locations across southern Ontario. Prof. Hamilton has been interviewed on radio and TV, has written articles about assessment, treatment, and practice issues in varied publications, and has spoken at conferences across Canada and in Australia. Her primary area of interest has been the development of meaningful outcome measures. One measure that she co-developed was adapted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information for their National Rehabilitation Reporting standards and was described as, “the most significant value-added contribution to measurement precision of the cognitive domain.” Since joining McMaster, Prof. Hamilton’s interests have expanded to the development of meaningful and objective clinical education performance measures as well as the introduction of Speech-Language Pathology into role-emerging sites.
Prof. Hamilton is an active participant in the speech-language pathology community, having served on volunteer Boards and Committees of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA), the Ontario Rehab Alliance (ORA), the Hamilton Regional Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Council (HRSLAC), and the Canadian Association for People-Centred Health (CAPCH). She has received many awards over the years, but the most notable was the “Honours of the Association”, the highest award from OSLA, in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession.