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I am a speech pathologist with a broad range of interests.

I have previously worked in hospitals and community health centres in Sydney and the UK in adult swallowing and communication.

I have taught undergraduate courses in evidence based practive and first year cognitive science.

My current research interests include Primary Progressive Aphasia, Quality of Life in Communication Disorders, The Cognitive Neuropsychologicl Model for Aphasia, Evidence Based Practice, and, Developmental and Acquired Dyslexia.

My current PhD is exploring quality of life in PPA as well as novel interventions for individuals with PPA.

I am also passionate about science communication and am currently involved in the organising committee for TEDx Macquarie University 2019.

Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Science, Masters of Research, Macquarie University

Speech Pathology, Masters of Speech Language Pathology (Hons), University of Sydney

Linguistics, Psychology, Italian, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, University of Sydney

Cognitive Science, PhD, Macquarie University

Dec 2017 → …

External positions

NSW Branch Committee, Speech Pathology Australia

Dec 2017 → …

Reading Clinician, Macquarie University Reading Clinic

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Research Outputs 2012 2019

  • 85 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Poster
  • 1 Website contribution

Lexical retrieval treatment in primary progressive aphasia: an investigation of treatment duration in a heterogeneous case series

Croot, K., Raiser, T., Taylor-Rubin, C., Ruggero, L., Ackl, N., Wlasich, E., Danek, A., Scharfenberg, A., Foxe, D., Hodges, J. R., Piguet, O., Kochan, N. A. & Nickels, L., Jun 2019, In : Cortex. 115, p. 133-158 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Primary Progressive Aphasia

Quality of life in primary progressive aphasia: what do we know and what can we do next?

Ruggero, L., Nickels, L. & Croot, K., 2019, In : Aphasiology. 33, 5, p. 498-519 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Primary Progressive Aphasia
speech disorder
quality of life
Quality of Life

Losing my words not my memory: understanding primary progressive aphasia

Ruggero, L., Nickels, L. & Croot, K., Nov 2018, ARC Cognition and its Disorders Website.

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Improving working memory in children with low language abilities

Holmes, J., Butterfield, S., Cormack, F., Loenhoud, A. V., Ruggero, L., Kashikar, L. & Gathercole, S., 2015, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 6, p. 1-9 9 p., 519.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Short-Term Memory
Research Design

Lexical retrieval treatment for functionally-relevant vocabulary in primary progressive aphasia: investigating generalisation to a structured interview

Croot, K., Taylor, C., Abel, S., Ruggero, L., Raiser, T., Savage, S., Hodges, JR. & Nickels, L., 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterResearch