Nilgoun Bahar, Speech-Language Pathology

Nilgoun BaharNilgoun Bahar Name: Nilgoun Bahar
Year of Study: Technically first year, but now taking second year courses given the current situation.  
Graduate Department: Speech-Language Pathology, division of health sciences.
Country of Residence: Canada

Why Faculty of Medicine:
Personally, for me, a great part of my life satisfaction comes from the ability to help others in a meaningful way. U of T's Faculty of Medicine is preparing me to qualify for helping others in their physical, mental, and social well-being through treating communication disorders.

Why this Department:
Because of its well-known research facility, since I am keeping my options open to pursue a research degree either right after graduating from the Master’s program or after a few years of gaining experience in the field. The full-time and part-time instructors at our program are renowned scientists and clinician, and I thought this could give me an opportunity to volunteer my time in different labs and learn about different research streams.

Current Research Experience:
In the process of publishing a joint paper with Drs. Aravind Namasivayam and Pascal van Lieshout, a systematic review on the available research on the efficacy of telehealth intervention for treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) remotely. This paper aims to help guide clinicians' remote therapy plans, given the ongoing lock down from the COVID-19.  Worked as a volunteer research assistant at Dr. Elizabeth Rochon's Language Sciences lab, on a project about primary progressive aphasia. I have currently applied for a remote summer RA position in the lab as well, waiting to hear back from Dr. Rochon.  For a summary of previous research experience, please refer to the attached resumé.

Future Education Plans and/or Career Goals:
To work in the field for a few years, or concurrently alongside a PhD program. At the moment, I have a few research interests, but I cannot narrow them down before I gain more exposure and/or work in the lab.

Part of my future career plan is to find ways to promote speech-language pathology services among the vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of the Canadian society (i.e., the incoming refugees). Another part of my future aspirations involves promoting awareness and advocating for our field by combining my background in film making to make documentaries or feature length films about the impact of communication disorders, as well as the scope of a speech pathologist's practice in aiding the affected populations.

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