MSLP graduates present at SPA 2018

MSLP graduates present at SPA 2018

The recent Speech Pathology Australia 2018 national conference saw a large contingent of 2017 graduates from the Master of Speech and Language Pathology program. As part of the second year of this program, students are able to conduct a small research project related to speech pathology practice under the supervision of program staff and Faculty of Human Sciences researchers. Four students who completed their research projects in 2017 - Andrea Buckman, Urszula Dmowski, Kelly Jones, and Eloise Nolan-O'Brien - were accepted to present their research at this leading conference. This is an outstanding achievement, and reflects the depth and quality of research undertaken by these (now!) new graduate speech pathologists.

Andrea presented her project titled “The impact of swallowing therapy on voice and speech following stroke”. Her research examined whether an intervention program based on the principles of motor learning may have generalised effects across the physiological systems supporting speech and swallowing. Eloise presented her project titled “Finding feminine voice features for transgender females”. Her research addressed the relationship between instrumental and perceptual measures of transgender female voice, with a view to improved speech pathology assessment. Both Andrea and Eloise were supervised by Claire Layfield.

Kelly presented her project titled “Conversation education for aphasia: An investigation into communicative outcomes and quality of life impacts”. Her research explored the effects of a novel intervention program for people with aphasia and their familiar communication partners. Kelly’s project was supervised by Dr Scott Barnes. Urzsula presented her project titled "Aphasia or Afasia? Understanding cognates in bilingual language processing". Her research focused on the bilingual lexicon following aphasia, with a view to improving therapeutic effects across both languages. Urszula was supervised by Dr Solène Hameau and Prof. Lyndsey Nickels, both of whom are from the Department of Cognitive Science.

To find out about current speech pathology research in the Department of Linguistics, please visit our acquired communication disorders and developmental speech and language disorders pages. Enquires about current projects, or research collaboration and supervision, can be directed towards Dr Scott Barnes, MSLP Program Director.

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