To celebrate International Women’s Day, Edith Cowan University presents the 2013 Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Professor Beth Armstrong.
Professor Beth Armstrong is Foundation Chair in Speech Pathology, having joined ECU in 2009 to establish a new undergraduate Speech Pathology program and a postgraduate research program.
Her research is in the area of aphasia – language difficulty after stroke. Professor Armstrong focuses on applying linguistic analyses to the everyday discourse of people with aphasia to assist in both diagnosis and treatment issues. She also investigates the social ramifications of the disorder for both the person with aphasia and their family. She was recently awarded NH&MRC grants for 2013-2015 to investigate the experiences of Indigenous Australians with communication disorders after stroke and traumatic brain injury, and the effects of very early intervention post stroke.
Professor Armstrong presents regularly at both national and international speech pathology and linguistics conferences, has published widely in the area of aphasia and is on numerous international editorial boards.
Her previous roles include establishing the successful Master of Speech Language Pathology program at Macquarie University in Sydney in 2001 – one of the first programs of its kind in Australia.
Professor Armstrong worked as a clinician in Sydney for many years before taking up an academic career, with her primary areas of employment being in the hospital sector, focusing on acute inpatient care as well as longer-term rehabilitation for people with communication disorders after stroke and traumatic brain injury.