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Deborah is an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.
Deborah qualified as a speech pathologist in 1989 and then worked in London for three years with adult and paediatric caseloads across a range of clinical settings. In 1993, after completing her MSc in Human Communication at UCL, she moved to Adelaide and continued her clinical work in adult acute, outpatients, rehabilitation and community settings. This included work at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, St Margaret’s Hospital Rehabilitation Service, Southern Domiciliary Care and Flinders Medical Centre (1993-1998). In 1995, Deborah started the Talkback Group Program for Aphasia and established the Talkback Association for Aphasia in 1999. Between 1999 and 2002, Deborah studied at Flinders University for her PhD research exploring experiences of treatment termination in chronic aphasia. Around this time, she also worked as a lecturer A/Clinical Tutor at the Speech Pathology Department at Flinders University and as a Tutor in Clinical Ethics for medical students in the Department of Public Health at Adelaide University. Between 2003 and 2006, Deborah worked as a locum speech and language therapist in London and on senior part-time and locum positions at the Julia Farr Centre, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and Metropolitan Domiciliary Care in Adelaide. Between 2006 and 2008, she was employed as a postdoctoral research fellow for the University of Queensland on an NHMRC-funded project grant looking at person-centred goal setting in aphasia rehabilitation, and in 2009, worked as a senior research fellow for the Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University, on the Smoking and Resilience study. In 2010, Deborah moved to Perth and took up a senior lectureship at Edith Cowan University. Deborah has been actively involved in Speech Pathology Australia at national levels, serving on their Ethics Board, Fellowship Committee, ACQ Editorial Board and two national conference organising committees. She has also served on the committee of the Australian Aphasia Association and acted as their representative on the Australia and New Zealand Expert Working Group for the revision of the National Stroke Foundation Stroke Management Guidelines. Deborah was awarded Fellowship of Speech Pathology Australia in 2003, life membership of the Talkback Association for Aphasia in 2009, and holds a position as Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Flinders University.