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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, and the processes of action formation and ascription.

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

Teaching and Leadership

I am the Course Director of the Master of Speech and Language Pathology. I am responsible for the design, delivery, and evaluation of curriculum in this course.

I teach in units of study for the Master of Speech and Language Pathology focused on a variety of topics, including the conceptual bases of speech pathology practice, acquired communication disabilities, and language and communication analysis.

Research interests

  • Acquired communication disability, including aphasia, right hemisphere stroke, and traumatic brain injury
  • Pragmatic communication disorders
  • Speech pathology assessment and intervention
  • Conversation Analysis and Interactional Linguistics
  • Turn-taking and repair organization; comparative studies of interaction
  • Human communication universals; diversity in language and communication; multilingualism

Research student supervision

Please enquire about my availability to supervise research projects. I will consider projects focused on communication disabilities and speech pathology practice, projects employing conversation analysis in everyday and institutional interactions, and projects focused on speech pathology education (e.g., competency for practice).

External positions

Speech Pathology Australia Accreditor of University Programs, Speech Pathology Australia Limited



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