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Heidi Alaskary

  • Ph.D./CCC-SLP
  • Deputy Executive Director for Research
  • Prince Salman Center for Disability Research
  • 1Followers
  • 1Following

About

Dr. Alaskary is a US-educated, US-trained Speech Pathologist based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She is  currently the Deputy Executive Director of Research at Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR), a position that allows her to fulfill her passion to be an educator, researcher,  and advocate for persons with disabilities. The position also affords her the opportunity to develop her leadership, administrative, and networking skills.   Before joining PSCDR, Dr. Alaskary was a Speech-Language Pathologist with the Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing.  She was a lecturer at King Saud University while working part time at the Disabled Children’s Association in Riyadh before becoming an Assistant professor in Speech-Language Pathology following her PhD completion. At PSCDR, she was initially the Coordinator for the National Communication Disorders Program, then the Associate Executive Director for Research and Development, before assuming the Deputy Executive Directorship. She maintains professional certifications and affiliations to support her participation in important projects that impact the lives of persons living with disabilities.   Dr Alaskary has served as an expert regional consultant on a number of international projects that have given her on the ground experiences in project management and team development in countries such as the USA, Canada, Nigeria, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of PSCDR's strategic plan, having worked closely with external consultants to develop the Center's strategic plan and to define its strategic profile.  She has mentored students and junior colleagues interested in pursuing a career in research, and has worked tirelessly to forge strong collaborative ties with leading research institutions and service providers worldwide to enhance PSCDR's capacity.     She is a key proponent of continuing education and dedicates a great deal of her time participating in medical as well as educational related workshops and courses.  She is the originator of many presentations and workshops designed to educate, increase awareness, and generate support for developing communication skills and environments for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deafness, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and many other debilitating diseases leading to disability.  Dr. Alaskary received due recognition for her contributions; these include scholarship from King Saud University in 1996 for her PhD,  the Prince Bandar Award for Academic Accomplishment in 1994, and the Prince Bandar Scholarship for her Bachelor's and Master's degree in 1990 and 1993 respectively. She is an associate, member of the Board of Trustees, and Chairman of the Research Committee of the Down Syndrome Charitable Association (DSCA).  She also holds membership with the Saudi Association for Hearing Impairment, the Saudi Society for Rehabilitation and Education, the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA), the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA), and the Illinois Speech language and Hearing Association. Besides her long list of accomplishments, Dr. Alaskary hopes someday to become a catalyst for or influential enough to generate more support from benefactors, policymakers, and the general population to benefit the disabled.

Professional experience

Deputy Executive Director for Research

Prince Salman Center for Disability Research

June 2005 - Present

Education

B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology (minor: Psychology)

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)

M.S. in Speech Pathology

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE)

Ph.D. with specialization in Speech Language Pathology (minor: Linguistics)

Vanderbilt University

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