Ellika Schalling

Ellika Schalling

Affiliated to Research | Docent
Visiting address: Blickagången 9 A, Enheten för logopedi F67, 14186 Stockholm
Postal address: H9 Klinisk vetenskap, intervention och teknik, H9 CLINTEC Logopedi, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Employed as associate professor (lektor) in Speech and Language Pathology at
    the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology/Division of
    Speech and Language Pathology at the Karolinska Institutet, combined with
    employment as a Speech and Language Pathologist at Medical Unit, Speech and
    Language Pathology, Karolinska University Hospital.
    Main area of interest is neurogenic speech and language disorders in adults.
    My work includes teaching, supervision of master- and doctoral students,
    research and clinical work within this area. I received a bachelor in Speech
    and Language Pathology (SLP) from the Karolinska Institutet in 1986, a Master
    of Science in SLP from Boston University, USA in 1992 and a doctoral
    degree from the Karolinska Institute in 2007 with the thesis “Speech,
    voice, language and cognition in individuals with Spinocerebellar ataxia”.
    Associate professor (docent) in Speech and Language Pathology at Karolinska
    Institutet 2018.
    *Teaching interests*
    I mainly teach at the study programme in speech and language pathology. I
    have an administrative responsibility for the third year of the programme. I
    am involved in teaching in several courses and I am currently course
    coordinator for the course:
    -Speech and Language Disorders in Adults (10.5 ECTS)
    I am also regularly responsible for courses at advanced level (free-standing
    courses) and I have been the course director of several doctoral courses.
    Additional teaching activities include supervision of degree projects for the
    Study programme in SLP and Master’s degree (30 credits) and supervision of
    doctoral students (at present Ineke Samson, Marika Schütz and Hanna
    Steurer as main supervisor and Helena Hybbinette as co-supervisor).
    I have a strong commitment to internationalization and to providing
    opportunities for international exchange for students at the Karolinska
    Institute. I am responsible for internationalization activities at the study
    programme in SLP, KI since 2016.


  • Research interests
    Studies of speech, voice and language in individuals with neurological
    disease or injury. Symtoms and prevalence are studied and related to
    neuroimaging findings. Assessment methods, also including assessment of
    communicative participation, are developed and studies of self-perceived
    communication problems and intervention received in different neurological
    conditions are performed.
    Effects of SLP-interventions, especially intensive treatment for individuals
    with communication disorders secondary to neurological disease and injury are
    also studied.
    Voice use in everyday life, data from recordings in studio environment and
    everyday life situations are compared and effects of feedback regarding voice
    sound pressure level is studied with an ambulatory phonation monitor in
    individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
    Aims of the main project are to
    -describe voice function in individuals with Parkinsons disease compared to
    matched controls in field-environments and to compare data on voice function
    from field-environments with data from controlled studio-recordings.
    -study effects of biofeedback on voice intensity in individuals with
    Parkinsons disease.
    - translate and validate a questionnaire for effects of speech impairment on
    communicative participation
    -increase knowledge about self-reported problems related to speech
    impairment, and about SLP interventions provided, in individuals with
    neurological disease/injury
    -study effects of intensive intervention, including changes in the brain, in
    individuals with Parkinson’s disease and in people with speech- and
    language disorders following stroke
    - study prevalence and clinical presentation in acquired apraxia of speech as
    well as neurological correlates and longitudinal outcome
    -investigate symptoms and strategies in young women and men who stutter
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  • Director of the Board of education at CLINTEC (grundutbildningsansvarig, GUA)
    Programme Director for the Study programme in Speech and Language Pathology,
    Karolinska Institutet, 2010-2015.
    Coordinator for the doctoral programme Hearing, Otolaryngology, Language,
    Speech (Hörsel, Öron, Språk, Tal, HÖST) 2009-2012 (member of the steering
    committe 2006-2015)
    Member of the steering committee for the doctoral programme Neuroscience


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2018
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, 2007

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