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Research interests

Aphasia; Speech Pathology; Conversation Analysis; Communication disability; Clinical interactions.


I am a speech pathologist, and I study communication disabilities. I am interested in aphasia, and other acquired communication disabilities. My research focuses on communication in the course of everyday life, and related speech pathology assessment, intervention, and measurement practices.

I have expertise in ethnomethodological research methods, and particularly conversation analysis. I employ these methods with a view to exploring the interface between the organisation of interaction, language, cognition, and related impairments. I am especially interested in organisations of practice for interaction, including the turn-taking and repair systems.

I currently supervise students conducting research on aphasia, related speech pathology assessment and intervention, and everyday and institutional interactions across a variety of social activities. 

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Projects 2014 2017

Research Output 2010 2017

Interaction-focussed therapy for aphasia: Effects on communication and quality of life

Barnes, S. & Nickels, L. 27 Jun 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Quality of Life
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Questioning in conversations before and after communication partner training for individuals with traumatic brain injury

Mann, K., Power, E., Barnes, S., McDonald, S., Tate, R. & Togher, L. 2 Sep 2015 In : Aphasiology. 29, 9, p. 1082-1109 28 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Student speech pathologists' experiences of an aphasia therapy group

Cubirka, L., Barnes, S. & Ferguson, A. 2 Dec 2015 In : Aphasiology. 29, 12, p. 1497-1515 19 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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