Our team

Our team

The Speech and Hearing Clinic of Macquarie University attracts leaders in the clinical audiology profession from across the globe to provide expertise in clinical practice and clinical education.

Our specialists

If you are interested in joining the clinic staff, please contact the Director of Clinical Education, Eva Nemeth, on (02) 9850 6877 or the Head of Audiology, Dr Catherine McMahon on (02) 9850 4863 for a confidential discussion.

Audiology staff

Speech pathology staff


clinics_audiology_staff_lynne_blackfordLynne Blackford - Audiologist / Clinical EducatorBSc (SP&Hg), MClinAud
Lynne has been a member of the Speech and Hearing Clinic - Audiology Services team since 2008. She enjoys being a clinic educator and teaching students best practice for audiological services. Her main interests are adult rehabilitation and tinnitus services.

clinics_audiology_staff_alisa_gourlieAlisa Gourlie - Audiologist / Clinical Educator
BSc, MClinAud
Alisa became a part of the Speech and Hearing Clinic - Audiology Services team in 2008 after working within the private hearing aid industry for two years. She was attracted to the various audiological services offered at the clinic, as well as the challenge of providing clinical education to students. Her main focus is on adult aural rehabilitation, and in particular to improve the outcomes of adults with hearing impairment.

clinics_audiology_staff_catherine_mcmahonDr. Catherine McMahon - Head of Audiology / Senior Lecturer
BSc(Hons), Grad Dip Aud, PhD
Dr Catherine McMahon is the Head of Audiology at Macquarie University and the Vice President of Audiology Australia, the peak professional body for audiologists. Catherine is a member and project leader of the Centre for Language Sciences (a Centre Of Research Excellence) and a project leader within the HEARing CRC. Catherine was awarded Young Professional of the Year (2008) by Professions Australia for her work with the professional body. Her research is conducted in conjunction with the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre, National Acoustics Laboratory and Centre for Vision Research. Her research areas include the following:

  • developing more appropriate methods of diagnosis of complex auditory disorders such as auditory neuropathy and tinnitus and the development of targeted management techniques;
  • assessing functional outcomes after cochlear implantation;
  • hearing health policy;
  • remote delivery of professional education.

Her expertise is in the area of evoked potentials and she is also a key researcher in the development of the novel MEG system for cochlear implants in conjunction with the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Cochlear Ltd and CSIRO.

clinics_audiology_staff_phillip_nakadPhillip Nakad - Audiology Clinic Manager
BSc (SP&Hg), MClinAud
Phillip is currently the Audiological clinic manager, responsible for overseeing the quality of our service provision at the Macquarie University and Liverpool Hospital Audiology Clinics. Since completing his Masters in Audiology in 2006, Phillip has worked in a range of government and private clinics, and also has several years experience as a clinical educator at Macquarie University, from 2007 - 2010. He is passionate about the quality of hearing health care in Australia, and committed to ensuring the University clinics provide the best experience possible for clients, as well as a productive learning space for future audiologists.

clinics_audiology_staff_john_newallJohn Newall - Lecturer BScPsy, MAud
John completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University. John's previous work experience has been as a diagnostic audiologist at a large, tertiary hospital, specialising in diagnostic assessment of neonates and infants. He has also worked privately in adult audiological rehabilitation and also in a research capacity within both the National Acoustic Laboratories and at Macquarie University. He currently holds a lectureship within the Audiology section. His current research interests include; hearing screening and unilateral hearing loss in neonates, barriers to rehabilitation in adults, and the electrophysiological investigation of tinnitus.

clinics_audiology_staff_megan_odonellMegan O'Donnell - Audiologist / Clinical Educator
Megan completed the Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University in 2010. Since graduating she has been working at one of Macquarie University's off site campus at Liverpool Hospital, where they specialise in vestibular (balance) assessment. Areas of interest are diagnostic audiology, paediatric audiology, and clinical education.

clinics_audiology_staff_miridula_sharmaDr. Mridula Sharma - Lecturer
BSc & MSc (Sp Path & Aud); PhD
Prior to commencing her appointment with Macquarie University, Mridula was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Psychology, Speech Science Division, University of Auckland, New Zealand. The focus of the research during the fellowship was in improving diagnosis and targeting interventions in order to achieve better outcomes for school-aged children with auditory processing disorders. Mridula has dual degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and worked clinically in both capacities in India for 5 years before commencing her PhD at Macquarie University. Her PhD research investigated electrophysiology as a possible tool in the diagnosis of auditory processing disorders in children with reading disorders. Mridula has presented her work at both national and international conferences and has publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Clinical Neurophysiology, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology, Neuroreport among others.

Her research interests include electrophysiological assessment of auditory function in infants and children, diagnosis and interventions of auditory processing disorders, language and reading disorders.

clinics_audiology_staff_miridula_sharmaYee-Foong Stone - Clinical Coordinator
BA, MClinAud
Yee-Foong completed the Master of Clinical Audiology at Macquarie University has a background of working in diagnostic Audiology in both hospital and private clinical settings with leading specialists in the field of otology and neuro-otology. In the role of Clinical Coordinator, she provides tutorials, practical classes, and clinical education and supervision for the postgraduate students in the Master of Clinical Audiology program as well as overseeing the management of Macquarie University's external Audiology clinic at Liverpool Hospital. Her area of interest is vestibular assessment and disorders and clinical education.

clinics_audiology_staff_rebecca_summonsRebecca Summons - Associate Lecturer
BA BSc, MClinAud
After completing her Masters in Clinical Audiology, Rebecca worked in the areas of adult rehabilitation and paediatric diagnosis. She teaches on both the Masters of Clinical Audiology program and the Masters of Speech Pathology program. Her research interest is in the area of audiologist-client communication, and she is currently writing her PhD in the area of communication in infant diagnostic appointments.

User-placeholderDeepti Singh - Audiologist / Clinical Educator
Deepti completed her Master of Audiology qualification in January 2007 and has worked in diverse (paediatric and adult) clinical settings in NZ and the UK, before settling in Australia. Deepti enjoys gaining a different perspective in Audiology and on life through her travels. She travelled extensively whilst in the UK and also acquired an additional post-grad qualification in the Creative Arts whilst working as an Audiology locum. >

Speech pathologists

Elisabeth HarrisonDr Elisabeth Harrison - Program Convenor & Senior Lecturer
BAppSc (SpPath), PhD
Elisabeth is the Program Convenor of the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program. She is a member of the new ARC Centre of Excellence that is based in the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, and is a Principal Investigator on a current NHMRC Program Grant held by the University of Sydney. Her research field is language sciences, specifically stuttering in adults and children. Her recent peer reviewed publications have concerned the mental health of adults who stutter, and the application of evidence based clinical practice in speech pathology. Her current research projects use MEG to investigate the nature of early stuttering, and continue the development of efficient treatments for preschool age children who stutter.

Eva Nemeth Eva Nemeth - Director of Clinical Education
BAppSc (SpPath), M HlthSc (Hons)
Eva is the inaugural Director of Clinical Education for the Masters of Speech and Language Program at Macquarie University. Eva comes to Macquarie University as a very experienced Speech Pathologist and Clinical Educator. Many hundreds of speech pathologists have been supervised by Eva in their clinical placements. Her commitment to the education of speech pathologists commenced in 1989 when she was employed at Blacktown Hospital to manage the Speech Pathology student unit. In 1990, Eva moved to Parramatta Hospital and two years later relocated to St Joseph's Hospital at Auburn. Eva was responsible for establishing, organising and running St Joseph's Hospital student unit that managed the adult medical rehabilitation outpatient department speech pathology services for Western Sydney Area Health Service. Eva has also set up and managed her own private practice.

Eva has presented papers at Speech Pathology Australia Conferences and co-authored book chapters in clinical education texts. Eva's special area of interest is acquired speech and language disorders following neurological events and clinical education, particularly student difficulties in their clinical placements. She has completed postgraduate research in this area and has been invited to author chapters in textbooks on Clinical Education from which she is currently writing research papers. Eva was the NSW State representative on the National Steering Committee for Speech Pathology Australia which formulated the Competency based Occupational Standards document. She has been a guest lecture for professional practice, aphasia and dysarthria, awarded numerous honorary titles of from both Sydney University and Macquarie University and received the Deidre Russell Service Recognition Award (2007) from the University of Sydney.

Nicola Black, Clinical EducatorNicola Black - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator
BAppSc (SpPath), MPubHlth
Nicola Black is a clinical educator for the Masters of Speech and Language Program at Macquarie University. She has worked as a Speech Pathologist for more than 15 years.  She has worked extensively with adult populations at Liverpool Hospital, Mount Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital. She has also gained experience working within hospital settings in the United Kingdom. As Speech Pathology team leader at Mt Wilga Nicola was involved in the establishment of the Mt Wilga/ Macquarie University clinical student unit. She has also been involved in running the Macquarie University Student Unit at Westmead Hospital. Her main clinical interests include head and neck cancer, oncology, dysphagia and voice management.

Jenny BrownJennifer Brown - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator
BAppSc (SpPath) with Distinction, CPSP
Jennifer is a speech pathologist with 25 years of clinical experience in assessing and treating speech and language problems in children. She works with children and adolescents who have language delays and disorders; speech sound disorders; voice problems; difficulties with reading and spelling; stuttering; and Autism spectrum disorders. Her extensive therapy experience includes individual therapy, running therapy groups, as well as training parents and teachers to work with their children/students. She has worked in government health facilities and in private practice and has managed speech pathology teams.
Jennifer has been educating students in the Master of Speech and Language Pathology course for the past 10 years at the Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic - teaching and supervising the Masters' students on clinical placements. Ms Brown also lectures and runs tutorials in paediatric speech, voice and language disorders; sharing her knowledge and expertise with the students and helping them link theory to practice. She lectured Chinese Speech-Language Therapists on the topic of language disorders in Beijing in 2013.

Erin ChalkErin Chalk - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator
Erin is Certified Practising Speech Pathologist working as part of the Macquarie University Speech Pathology clinical team. Erin currently provides speech pathology services to Macquarie University Hospital, as well as outpatient services at Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Erin has been a Clinical Educator for Speech Pathology masters students completing placements at Macquarie University Private Hospital and Mt Wilga Private Hospital, since 2013. She has experience working with the adult population in rehabilitation, nursing home and acute hospital settings.

Sarah leggeSarah Legge - Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator
BAppSc (SpPath) with Distinction
Sarah started practicing in 2000, working with paediatric clients across community health, hospital, private practice and school settings. Sarah's experience has been with a range of clients including those with early language delays, receptive and expressive language difficulties, speech sound disorders, stuttering, reading/spelling difficulties and voice disorders. She has significant experience and a clinical interest in paediatric feeding disorders. Sarah has also worked with paediatric clients with acquired communication difficulties as the result of stroke and neurological events. Sarah has worked in positions requiring management of the Paediatric Speech Pathology team as well as in clinical positions providing assessment and therapy to clients. Her experience has covered individual and group therapy as well as parent and teacher training. She has a strong commitment to providing interventions that combine recent research and the evidence base with making therapy fun and meaningful for clients.

Sarah has been a high level clinical educator of students for the past 12 years, managing a student unit in community health, earning her the title of Clinical Associate Lecturer from Sydney University due to the number and range of student placements she has run. She now runs placements in the Macquarie University Speech and Hearing Clinic throughout the year- educating and supervising students in the practical components of Speech Pathology practice. Sarah also contributes to the theoretical component of the Masters’ students program via delivering lectures on paediatric language disorders throughout the year.

Tyler MahonTyler Mahon- Speech Pathologist/Clinical Educator
BAppSc (SpPath) MA(Communication Disorders) CPSP
Tyler has worked as a speech pathologist for over 24 years. After completing her undergraduate degree at The University of Sydney, she completed a Master of Arts in Communication Disorders at Macquarie University.

She has a particular interest in working with children and adults who stutter. She has worked at both The Stuttering Unit, Bankstown and the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney. She has extensive experience using the Lidcombe Program, the gold standard for paediatric stuttering treatment, and has also trained other speech pathologists in the use of this program. She has experience treating individual clients, developing treatment groups, and providing consultation services for parents and teachers. She has worked in health, school and private practice settings. Tyler also has experience working with children with speech sound, language and literacy difficulties.

Virginia GoreVirginia Gore - Clinical Placement Coordinator, MSLP Program
BAppSc (Info)
Virginia is an experienced administrator who coordinates clinical placements for students enrolled in the MSLP program. She manages relationships with students, health partners and works closely with NSW Health. Before joining the Speech and Hearing Clinic she was responsible for practicum placements at the Institute of Early Childhood. Virginia also has 15 years of experience as a legal technology project manager working on commercial litigation and due diligence matters.

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