Dr Miller Amberber's research focuses on ageing, aphasia, dementia and bilingualism across the lifespan; assessment and rehabilitation of bilingual/ multilingual aphasia and dementia; cross-cultural assessment and test adaptation; and crosslinguistic studies of code-switching, using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. She has a keen interest in neuroimaging, tDCS, and eye-tracking, and in linking syntactic theory to applied neurolinguistics. Amanda is committed to research addressing optimal communication, health and quality of life across the lifespan and culturally appropriate assessment across languages, particularly for Indigenous Australians and the Pacific region.
Dr Erin Conway’s current research focus is communication in dementia and dementia care interventions supporting quality communication, quality care and quality of life for people with dementia and carers. This includes the evaluation of communication training for carers of people with dementia, and exploring treatment efficacy of word-retrieval rehabilitation in progressive aphasia. Dr Conway is also interested in cognition and language processing in healthy ageing and acquired neurological disorders (eg. stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease) and the use of EEG methodology in the investigation of neurolinguistic processing.
My research interests include assessment, classification, and terminology in developmental communication disorders, specifically, speech sound disorder, language disorder, and stuttering. I am further interested in researching service delivery within speech pathology practice.
Dr Kieran Flanagan is a speech pathologist with research and clinical experience working with both children and adults. Kieran's main research interests include psycholinguistic models of speech and language functioning and therapy for speech and language disorders.
Dr Leigha Dark
Leigha is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with over 15 years’ experience. She graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney in 2002 and completed her PhD in 2010; a qualitative study exploring the experiences of loss and grief of adults with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs. Leigha has worked with children and adults with disabilities, specialising in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and mealtime management. Leigha also has a keen interest in Evidence Based Practice and Knowledge Translation and has experience developing e-learning and blended learning resources for the tertiary sector.
Michelle’s current research is focused on facilitating the participation of older people with communication and cognitive impairment in consumer-directed models of care; supporting older people to continue to be independent in their decisions; and to participate in meaningful life experiences across contexts. Michelle also actively researches the management of communication and mealtime difficulties experienced by older people with specific focus on the provision of client directed and holistic services.
Michelle’s area of research is primarily stuttering, in particular, treatment processes in early stuttering intervention.
Professor Paul Carding
Paul Carding is Professor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne). He is also Senior Research Fellow at University College London UK and Honorary Professor at Newcastle University. Professor Carding has 25 years of senior clinical experience in voice disorders working in a national centre of excellence in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). He has secured over $8 million in funded research grants and has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, 3 books and 9 book chapters. He has also supervised over 20 PhD and Masters students to completion. Paul’s main research areas are the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders related to disease (cancer and neurological disease) and also misuse and abuse. He has a special interest in treatment efficacy and effectiveness and outcome measurement in a research and clinical setting.
Simone’s research interests are related to her clinical work as a speech pathologist. Simone completed her PhD in 2012. She conducted a randomised controlled trial of group versus individual delivery of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention. She has published her RCT key findings and has other research publications in process. She is also interested in supervision models: how supervisory style impacts student learning and the value of peer learning during paired and group placements.
Wendy’s recent research interests have focused on expanding knowledge of the language skills of Indigenous Australian children, with a view to improving identification of language delay/impairment in this population; and on pragmatic language skills. She is also interested in service delivery approaches for children with speech and language disorders, particularly in schools and early childhood settings.
Zaneta’s research focuses on the application of social and functionally based approaches to linguistics to communication disorders. She is especially interested in how to support social communication and interaction for people with dementia and aphasia and outcome measurement in everyday discourse and conversation. She is also interested in speech pathology in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.