Dr. Jasmine Urquhart Gillis, Clinic Director

Jasmine Urquhart Gillis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA is the executive director and chief clinician at S&L Therapy, one of New England’s largest clinic-based pediatric speech therapy practices. She holds a Doctorate from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Rehabilitation Sciences, a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders, both from Boston University.

Licensed by the State of Massachusetts and certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), she specializes in the speech and language disorders of young children ranging from early childhood through the middle school years. Jasmine is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who focuses on the use of Verbal Behavior (VB) strategies for non-verbal children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

Her previous clinical experience with children is quite diverse and includes work in several settings: hospitals, public and private schools, and private practice. Prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, Jasmine developed a passion for working with young children as a certified preschool teacher. She has over 20 years of experience working with children in the Greater Boston Area. As a clinician Jasmine has personally conducted over 30,000 1:1 clinic-based sessions, managed over 20,000 clinical fellow sessions, and as the Clinic Director at S&L Therapy she has overseen hundreds of thousands of clinic-based treatment sessions.

Jasmine is heavily invested in education and the training of speech-language pathologists, educators, and other healthcare professionals. She has taught courses and given several lectures/presentations on various aspects and topics in the field of speech-language pathology to many schools and organizations: notably for Boston University, Emerson College, MGHIHP, and ASHA. Jasmine has also presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) convention. Since founding S&L Therapy, Jasmine has mentored and taught dozens of graduate students, and has trained over 2 dozen clinical fellows.

Jasmine’s commitment and passion to pediatric speech and language therapy is evident through her continued pledge to help drive advancements in the field.

She is a principal at the pioneering non-profit ZebraRI that is focused on advancements in the field of speech-language pathology and for people differently abled, she has been credited as the first speech therapist to use the iPad in speech therapy and with autistic children (prior to it being publicly released). She was also the first (and still one of the only) to use Google Glass as a therapeutic tool; she was also one of the first to use the Xbox Kinect as a therapeutic tool for speech therapy. She helped design and fund the development of a first-of-its kind software platform that provides speech therapists with a software toolset to continually review, modify, and adjust therapeutic goals and objectives in ways that drive more efficient therapy that was previously unattainable. She helped sponsor www.aslforslps.com, a website committed to being a repository for sign language (as applied to pediatric speech therapy) and research for how to best use signs with children who have complex communication profiles.

In total, Jasmine is currently and directly involved in over a dozen projects that are actively seeking to progress the field of pediatric speech-language pathology. Her research focus, interests, and projects largely are based on advancing real-world treatment, practice, and people with communication disorders.