Elissa Larkin M.S., CCC-SLP

Elissa Larkin MS, CCC-SLP, HEC-C

Master Research Speech-Language Pathologist and Bioethicist

My Lab

Center for Aphasia Research & Treatment

The Center for Aphasia Research & Treatment was created in 2001 to respond to the challenge of living with aphasia.

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About Me

Elissa Larkin, M.S., CCC-SLP, HEC-C, is a Research Speech-Language Pathologist at the Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment and a Clinical Bioethicist in the Donnelley Ethics Program at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Elissa earned her Master of Science in Communication Disorders with bilingual certification (Spanish) at Arizona State University, and completed advanced training in the Clinical Bioethics Scholars Program at Northwestern Medicine Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities (2021). Since joining the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab team in 2010, Elissa has held multiple roles. She spent her first six years working with patients with a wide range of neurological diagnoses on an inpatient Neurorehabilitation Unit. Elissa also worked in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Technology Center and joined the Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment as a Research SLP in 2015. In 2017, Elissa completed trainer certification in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA) at the Aphasia Institute of Toronto. Since that time Elissa has provided communication strategy training to patients, family members, clinical and nursing staff, researchers, volunteers, and students. Elissa’s areas of clinical and scholarly interest include applications of ethical frameworks to promote patient rights and shared-decision making in rehabilitation practice, Life Participation Approach to Aphasia-centered research and treatment, and exploring and implementing interprofessional education models to increase communication access and equity for all patients.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    2005 - 2008
    Arizona State University, Master of Science
    1999 - 2003
    Macalester College, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

Honors & Awards

  • Kabiller Humanitarian Prize
    The Kabiller Humanitarian Prize is a prestigious annual award conferred upon exceptional Shirley Ryan AbilityLab employees who personify the organization's uniquely compassionate culture, a critical aspect of providing exceptional patient care., 2019
  • Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association Clinical Achievement Award
    This award recognizes an individual's significant accomplishments in the advancement of clinical service in speech-language pathology and/or audiology., 2023
  • Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement
    The Louis M. DiCarlo Award recognizes a recipient who has worked toward advancing knowledge in clinical practice, as evidenced by a significant accomplishment in audiology and/or speech-language pathology., 2023


  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
    the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 204,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Member
  • Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) Member
  • Member of ISHA Ethics Education