Valerie Hamilton Profile

Valerie Hamilton, MA, CCC-SLP

Position Therapy Manager, Think + Speak Lab
Speech Language Pathologist
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About Me

About Me

Valerie Hamilton has worked with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly RIC, since 2012 and has most recently been appointed to the position of Therapy Manager of the Think + Speak Lab. Her professional focus is on managing therapy operations and practice, and on facilitating knowledge translation and adoption of best practices, with expertise in dysphagia and aphasia. She has presented at the international American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Convention for the past 3 years, and has been an invited lecturer by North Park University and Northwestern University in the areas of dysphagia, dysarthria, and aphasia. She is also a clinical researcher in the area of dysphagia and was awarded the RIC Brown Fellowship for dysphagia research in inpatient populations with dysphagia secondary to stroke and traumatic brain injury in 2015. Currently, she is working with the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation grant "Objective Dysphagia Outcome Measures in Spinal Cord Injury".


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    2005 - 2009
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa
    2009 - 2011
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Minnesota

Certificates & Licenses

  • Certificate of Clinical Compentency
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Research Interests

  • Dysphagia in stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury