Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce our keynote speakers section. More speakers will be added so bookmark us, please.

Chris Code

Honorary Professorial Research Fellow

Chris Code received his Diploma and Licentiate (LCST) in Speech Pathology and Therapy from The School for the Study of Disorders in Human Communication, London (1973), his MA in Phonetics and Linguistics, University of Essex (1976) and PhD in Neuropsychology, University College, Cardiff. He is Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Chartered Psychologist.
He is Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Exeter, England.
He is past Foundation Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Sydney, past Research Manager for Speakability, UK, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bremen, Germany, Linkoping, Sweden and Louisiana at Lafayette, USA. He is Patron of AphasiaNow, past Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders and the Australian Journal of Communication Disorders and founding Editor in Chief of Aphasiology, now in its 31st year.
Research interests include the neuropsychology of language and speech, psychosocial consequences of aphasia, recovery and treatment of aphasia, the public awareness of aphasia, the history of aphasia, aphasia and the evolution of language and speech, number processing and apraxia. He has written and edited many books and research publications. Awards include the 2001 Citation and Honorary Membership of the Polish Neuropsychological Society for Outstanding Achievements in Neuropsychology, the 2010 Robin Tavistock Award for Services to Aphasia from The Tavistock Trust and presenter of the Annual Mary Law Lecture, 2010.


    Travis Threats

    Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Saint Louis University

    Travis T. Threats, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Saint Louis University. He received his PhD in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in 1990. He has worked in a long-term care facility, a rehabilitation hospital, an acute care university hospital, and at an outpatient care facility as a speech-language pathologist. He teaches courses that cover aphasia, dementia, head trauma, right hemisphere disorders and professional issues. His primary scholarly work has been with the World Health Organization (WHO) on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Youth (ICF-CY). He has been ASHA’s representative liaison to the WHO since 1999 and was the primary contributor to the communication, hearing, and swallowing sections of the ICF. Dr Threats was the primary contributor concerning communication disorders for the 2011 World Health Organization publication World Report on Disability.
    Dr Threats has also published and presented internationally on his two other scholarly interests: evidence-based practice and rehabilitation ethics. He has given over 25 talks at international conferences, including being an invited keynote presenter in Chile, Greece, Slovenia, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.
    Dr Threats is an ASHA Fellow and the ASHA 2012 recipient of the Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement. He is currently working with the World Health Organization on the development of the future ICD-11 to better represent functional cognitive and communication disorders.