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Department of Linguistics

Speech Pathology Research

Individuals who suffer speech and language disorders are unable to understand and or reasonably use the speech and language systems of society. The problems may range from simple sound repetitions or poor articulation to the complete absence of the ability to use speech and language for communication. 

A speech pathologist is trained to assess and treat people who have a speech and language communication disability. They undertake an important role in counselling individuals and the community on how to prevent speech and language disorders and are instrumental in helping individuals understand the types and severity of communication disorders. Speech pathologists also work with people who have difficulties swallowing food and drink.

Our Speech Pathology Research areas

Research undertaken by staff

  • Breakdown in everyday talk between people with aphasia and their conversational partners - Beth Armstrong.
  • Expressing opinions and feelings in aphasia: Linguistic options - Beth Armstrong
  • Health Care Interpreters and Speech Pathologists: Understanding and Addressing the Challenges of this Professional Partnership - Chris Candlin, Beth Armstrong, Peter Roger, Alison Ferguson

Research undertaken by students:

  • The stability of discourse measures (aphasia) - Maria Berarducci
  • Understanding the Linguistic Resources of Individuals with Asperger Syndrome - Sarah Bartlett
  • The prevalence of self-reported voice problems by university lecturers - Gino Hipolito
  • Parent reactions to speech therapy involvement - Kate Mirabito
  • Using SMS to collect parent severity rating during a monitoring program for preschool age stuttering children: Pilot study. - Michelle Bennett
  • Language Sampling Practices - a Survey of Paediatric Speech Pathologists in New South Wales - Rikke Moeller Peterson


Research opportunities for speech pathology students

The Speech Pathology group is part of the Linguistics Department of Macquarie University, and runs the Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University. This Masters program began in 2001 and is the first program in NSW to enable individuals from a variety of backgrounds, already having a degree, to become speech pathologists via a Masters Program. The course follows the Speech Pathology Association of Australia Competency Based Standards for Speech Pathologists and is accredited by the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.

The Master of Speech and Language Pathology program is ideally placed to provide students with both a specialist and a multidisciplinary holistic approach to language/communication. Within this Faculty, students have access to world-renowned researchers in the field of speech pathology both as lecturers in the course and as part of the Speech, Hearing and Language Research Center. They are also in contact with the dynamic and internationally acknowledged Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, as well as being part of a campus that has built up a reputation for research into special education. Students will be in close contact with other postgraduate students training as TESOL specialists, audiologists, neuropsychologists, interpreters and other applied linguists.

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Professor Elisabeth Harrison
Phone: +61 2 9850 6716
: +61 2 9850 9199
Visit: C5A, Level 5

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