Education, Research Evidence & Resources

Sheila MacDonald offers a range of evidence-based research and resources for families of those with acquired brain injury.

Evidence for Cognitive-Communication Intervention

  • MacDonald, Sheila, (2017) Introducing the model of cognitive-communication competence: A model to guide evidence-based communication interventions after brain injury. Brain Injury 31 (13-14) 1760-1780.
  • MacDonald, S., & Wiseman-Hakes, C. (2010). Knowledge translation in ABI rehabilitation: A model for consolidating and applying the evidence for cognitive-communication interventions. Brain Injury : [BI], 24(3), 486–508

  • Ponsford, J., Bayley, M., Wiseman-Hakes, C., Togher, L., Velikonja, D., & McIntyre, A, Janzen, S., & Tate, R. (2014) INCOG Recommendations for management of cognition following traumatic brain injury, Part II: Attention and Information Processing Speed. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 29(4) 321-337.

  • Tate, R., Ponsford, J., Kennedy, M., Douglas, J.,Velikonja, D., & Bayley, M.& Stergiou-Kita M. (2014) INCOG Recommendations for management of cognition following traumatic brain injury, Part III: Executive Function and Self Awarness. Jounal of head trauma rehabilitation 29(4) 338-352.

  • Togher, L., Wiseman-Hakes, C., Douglas, J., Stergiou-Kita, M., Ponsford, J., Teasell, R., … Turkstra, L. S. (2014). INCOG Recommendations for Management of Cognition Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Part IV: Cognitive Communication. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29(4), 353–68.

  • Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ONCDS)

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

  • Evidence-Based Review of Moderate to Severe Acquired Brain Injury (ABIEBR)

  • Speechbite

  • PsycBITE


Upcoming Presentations By Sheila MacDonald


 Talk  Date  Audience  Location

 Host Organization

Contact for Information

Assessment & Treatment of Cognitive-Communication Disorders

1 February, 2019

1 Full Day Course

Speech Therapists

Speech-Language Pathologists

Bergen, Norway


Host: Norway Speech Therapists

Contact:Bodil Bergljot Johanson

Talks too much. Talks too little. Is too disorganized. Is not aware of the listener: Development of individualized social communication goals through use of a comprehensive, contextual, multifactorial assessment framework.


Social Cognition, Communication and Affect (SOCCA) Special Interest Group Pre-Congress Workshop, IBIA 2019

13 March, 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop for IBIA World Congress

March 14-16


Clinicians & Researchers in Neurorehabilitation & Neuroscience

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Host: International Brain Injury Association’s World Congress, Social Cognition and Communication Special Interest Group



When “Mild” is not Mild: SLP intervention for cognitive-communication difficulties following concussion and mild brain injury.

Return to Learn, Return to Earn Return to Life.

Mark Ylvisaker Honorary Lecture

Awarded by OSLA

10 May, 2019

Speech-Language Pathologists

Toronto, Ontario Canada

BMO Centre

Host: Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA)

Contact: Kelly Murray, Exec. Direct.


Cognitive-Communication Disorders Level 1



Assessment and Treatment of Higher Level Cognitive-Communication Disorders After Acquired Brain injury

13-14 June, 2019





Sept. 14, 2019


Speech-Language Pathologists





Speech-Language Pathologists

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan





Bismarck North Dakota

Host: Saskatchewan Health Authority & Saskatoon Speech-Language Pathology

Contact: Sheila Hosain, Practice Lead, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Host: Sanford Health

Contact: Haley Steffan


Cognitive-Communication Disorders Level 1

19-20 September, 2019

Speech-Language Pathologists

London Ontario, Canada


Host: Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA)

Contact: Tiffany Budhoo

October/November 2019      More to come.

Sheila MacDonald and colleagues at a speech language pathology conference at the Alton Mill Ontario
Sheila MacDonald with colleagues at a speech language pathology conference in Toronto, Ontario.

Pictures: On left, Sheila MacDonald and colleagues gesturally remind themselves of the importance of the frontal lobes at Sheila’s Cognitive-Communication Disorders Level 1 Course, hosted by OSLA, at the Alton Mill, Ontario. On right, Sheila MacDonald and colleagues pose for a group photo at a conference in Toronto, Ontario.

UK CCD Symposium 2018

Sheila MacDonald with former SLP students

Sheila giving Keynote Talk at Toronto ABI Network, Nov. 2018

Sheila at OSLA CCD 2 2018