Jeff Small

Associate Professor & Director

Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Southern California (1994)
Postdoctoral Fellow: University of Kansas (1994-1996), Simon Fraser University 1996-1997)


Phone: (604) 822-5798 (Director’s office)
Fax: (604) 822-6569
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My research investigates how persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners may benefit from using memory and communication strategies in their everyday interactions. For more information on this and other research being conducted in my Adult Language and Disorders Lab, please click on the following link: Adult Language processing and Disorders Lab

Small, J.A., Chan, S.M., Drance, E., Globerman, J., Hulko, W., O’Connor, D., Perry, J., Stern, L., & Ho, L. (on-line, 2015). Verbal and nonverbal indicators of quality of communication between care staff and residents in ethnoculturally and linguistically diverse long-term care settings. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.

Phinney, A., Small, J.A., Moody, E. (2014). Arts health and seniors: The effect of a community-engaged arts program on the well-being of older adults. Canadian Journal on Aging. Volume 33, Number (3), 336 – 345.

Oren, S., Willerton, C., & Small, J.A. (2014). Effects of spaced retrieval training on semantic memory in Alzheimer’s Disease: A systematic review. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(1), 247-270. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2013/12-0352)

Charest, M., Johnston, J., Small, J.A. (2015, on-line FirstView). Lexical activation effects on children’s sentence planning and production. Applied Psycholinguistics.

Small, J.A. (2013). Recall of event information following memory training in Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical Gerontologist, 36(4), 316-328.

Small, J.A. & Perry, J. (2012). Training family care partners to communicate effectively with persons with Alzheimer’s disease: The TRACED program. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 36/4, 332-345.

Small, J.A. (2012). A new frontier in spaced retrieval memory training for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22/3, 329-361. DOI:10.1080/09602011.2011.640468;  PMID: 22272562

Wilson, R., Amtmann, D., Small, J. & Mihailidis, A. (2015). Using Mobile Communication Technology to Improve Social Participation in Frail Elderly Residing in Long-term Care: An Exploratory Group Concept Mapping Study. Poster presentation at International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), Vancouver, BC, Canada, October, 2015.

Small, J.A. Spaced Retrieval: A User-friendly Cognitive Rehabilitation Strategy for Persons with Dementia. Workshop presented at the 24th Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, Vancouver, B.C., September 30, 2015.

Small, J.A. Verbal and nonverbal indicators of quality of communication between care staff and residents in ethnoculturally and linguistically diverse long-term care settings. Invited presentation at a workshop entitled “Ethnic diversity and dementia: Cultural, social, and linguistic aspects” hosted by the Centre for Dementia Research (CEDER) at Linköping University, Sweden, May, 2014.

Small, J.A., Jacova, C., Butters, L., Chan, M., Saidmuradova, L., & Tse, G.  (2013). The impact of Alzheimers Disease on communication: Perceptions of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and their family care partners. Accepted for presentation at the 7th Canadian Conference on Dementia, Vancouver, B.C., October 3-5, 2013.

Small, J.A., Chan, S, Drance, E., Globerman, J., Hulko, W., Jones, K., O’Connor, D., Stern, L. (2012). Communication in ethnoculturally and linguistically diverse long-term care. Paper presentation at the 41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 18-20, 2012, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

Small, J.A. (2012). Memory training for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, July 15-19, 2012, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

CIHR Operating Grant; Title: Episodic Memory Training for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease; Duration: 2013-2015 ($96,340)

TVN Health Technology Innovation operating grant (funded through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program); The use of mobile technology applications to improve communication between care staff and residents in long-term residential care facilities; Duration: 2015-2016 ($20,000)

AUDI 403, Introduction to Neurolinguistics
AUDI 530A, Research Methods
AUDI 572, Cognitive Processing and Acquired Language Disorders
AUDI 583, Advanced Speech Science (Speech Perception)
AUDI 585/546B, Language Development Across the Lifespan

I am a Qualified Health Researcher in the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia at UBC (funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research); and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University.