Clémence Gordon-Dana, French-American Bilingual Speech Pathologist, PhD in Cognitive Sciences, specialized in bilingualism, research professor attached to the University Hospital of Bordeaux and the University of Paris VI.

 

As a speech therapist, I have my own private practice in Paris (75008) and I also work at the American Hospital of Paris (Neuilly-sur-Seine, 92200) in pediatrics. I receive patients, mostly French or English speaking, or bilingual, and am concerned with the assessment/diagnosis and treatment of communication and language disorders (oral or written), swallowing or voice problems, memory or attention deficits, etc. I treat patients (children, adolescents and adults) who have difficulty acquiring, mastering or maintaining their language, memory and vocal skills. I thus intervene in all aspects of communication in the broad sense of the term. For example, my patients have or have had, an oral or written language issue, a specific learning disorder such as a dysphasia, a developmental disorder such as autism, a voice disorder, hearing problems, a stroke, a head trauma (TBI) or a degenerative pathology (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, etc.).

I am also a teacher-researcher in Cognitive Sciences attached to the CHU of Bordeaux (33000) in the MPR Service, EA 4136 HACS Handicap Activity Cognition Health, and to the Paris VI Pitié-Salpêtrière University. I am particularly interested in bilingualism, that is to say the practice of two or more languages, and the impact of this practice on brain functions (cognitive and executive ones). Recent studies on bilingualism have shown that bilingual and monolingual subjects do not treat information in the same way. It is therefore necessary to evaluate and re-educate all bilingual patients differently, as the methods of evaluation and rehabilitation currently practiced are not entirely suitable since they are dedicated to monolingual subjects.

In the course of my research, I created a test to evaluate bilingual French-English children aged 5 to 8 years old. I also teach at the University of Bordeaux and at the University of Paris VI, and I take part in conferences and supervise or mentor speech-language students for their final paper on this subject.