B.Sc., M.Sc., M.H.Sc., SLP(C) Reg. CASLPO
Anna received a B.Sc in Medical and Health Physics at McMaster University. She then completed her M.Sc thesis work in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at the University of Toronto, where she used advanced brain imaging techniques to study the neural speech-motor networks implicated in stuttering. Anna’s publications on this topic include articles in the Journal of Fluency Disorders and Frontiers of Human Neuroscience (see below). After her thesis work, Anna completed her clinical degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto while working as a research assistant in the Speech Fluency Lab. Anna continues to be involved in research in collaboration with the University of Toronto Speech Language Pathology Department.
Anna is trained in several approaches to targeting speech, language, and communication: PROMPT, Level I PECS, It Takes Two to Talk. Anna is also trained in the Lidcombe and Fluency Plus programs for children and adults who stutter. Anna loves problem solving to find an individual treatment approach to every child and enjoys working closely with families.
Anna is experienced in working with articulation/speech delays, developmental language delays/difficulties, narrative skills (i.e., story-telling, oral expression), motor-speech speech disorders, stuttering, as well as communication difficulties associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Languages: English, Russian.
On her time away from work, Anna enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and rock climbing.
To read more about how our therapists help our children at Canoe Therapy, read Anna Mersov’s post about helping children to improve their narrative skills.
Mersov, A., Cheyne, D., Jobst, C., & De Nil, L. (2018). A preliminary study on the neural oscillatory characteristics of motor preparation prior to dysfluent and fluent utterances in adults who stutter. Journal of fluency disorders, 55, 145-155.
Mersov, A. M., Jobst, C., Cheyne, D. O., & De Nil, L. (2016). Sensorimotor oscillations prior to speech onset reflect altered motor networks in adults who stutter. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 10, 443.
Mersov, A. M., Crane, D. E., Chappell, M. A., Black, S. E., & MacIntosh, B. J. (2015). Estimating the sample size required to detect an arterial spin labelling magnetic resonance imaging perfusion abnormality in voxel-wise group analyses. Journal of neuroscience methods, 245, 169-177.