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Professor Beth Armstrong


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2769, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.536
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2769
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.536  


Professor Elizabeth Armstrong is the Foundation Chair in Speech Pathology.

Current Teaching

  • SPE3112


Professor Elizabeth Armstrong is Foundation Chair in Speech Pathology. Along with a new Speech Pathology team recruited to ECU in 2009, Professor Armstrong established a fully accredited undergraduate Speech Pathology program and a postgraduate research program. Prior to coming to ECU, she worked at Macquarie University in Sydney, where she established the first Speech Pathology Masters program in NSW. Professor Armstrong worked in the hospital sector as a clinician in Sydney for many years before taking up an academic career, focusing on acute inpatient care as well as longer-term rehabilitation for people with communication disorders after stroke.

Professor Armstrong’s research is primarily in the area of aphasia – language difficulty after stroke. Her work includes the application of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory to the everyday discourse of people with aphasia, early intervention strategies, and issues related to communication disorders in Australian Aboriginal populations.  Her current projects funded by the NH&MRC involve a multi-centre randomised control trial of very early intervention for people with aphasia after stroke (“Very Early Rehabilitation of Speech - VERSE”), and an exploration into communication disorders in Aboriginal peoples in Western Australia (“Missing Voices: An investigation into acquired communication disorders after stroke and traumatic brain injury in Indigenous Australians”).

Professor Armstrong presents regularly at both national and international speech pathology, linguistics, allied health and medical conferences and has published widely in the area of aphasia. She has actively collaborated in the field of aphasia research at both national and international levels. She currently leads two large multidisciplinary teams involving extensive community collaboration to ensure research translation. She has built a strong collaborative team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers focusing on this area within Australia. She is currently building an international team from Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa which is the first to examine commonalities in Indigenous experiences of brain injury and related services internationally.  Professor Armstrong also collaborates with research groups at University of Texas, and University of Helsinki regarding Systemic Functional Linguistic applications to aphasic discourse, and with researchers at University of Witwatersrand on cross-cultural communication. She is also leading a national university Speech Pathology collaboration surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum development.

Professor Armstrong was founding Editor of Advances in Speech Language Pathology, now entitled the International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, has been Guest Editor of the Clinical Aphasiology Conference special issues of the international journal Aphasiology from 2007 - 2010, Seminars in Speech and Language, Journal of Neurolinguistics, and is on numerous international editorial boards.

Professional Associations

  • Speech Pathology Association of Australia

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia

Research Areas and Interests

  • Aphasia
  • Aphasia rehabilitation
  • Linguistic applications to everyday discourse in aphasia
  • Professional interactions
  • Aboriginal health
  • Aboriginal English


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University, 1997.
  • Master of Arts, Macquarie University, 1988.


Recent Research Grants

  • The Wangi (talking) project: a feasibility study of a culturally sensitive rehabilitation model for Aboriginal people post stroke.,  National Stroke Foundation,  Seed Grants,  2016 - 2017,  $49,779.
  • Very Early Rehabilitation in SpEech: An RCT of aphasia therapy after stroke,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2013 - 2017,  $742,000.
  • Prediction of language outcome after stroke using clinically available acute brain imaging ,  Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation Ltd,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $25,000.
  • Investigating a Communication Enhanced Environment to Increase Communication Activity Early After Stroke. ,  Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation,  Grant,  2016 - 2017,  $18,983.
  • Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF) 2015 (Round 19) ,  Department of Health WA,  Medical and Health Research Infrastructure,  2016 - 2017,  $19,560.
  • 2015 NHMRC Equipment Grant,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Equipment Grant 2015,  2015 - 2016,  $6,798.
  • Missing voices: Communication difficulties after stroke and traumatic brain injury in Indigenous Australians,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Project Grants,  2013 - 2016,  $634,088.
  • Standard Equipment Grant 2012,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Equipment Grant 2012,  2012 - 2014,  $5,744.
  • Learning not to talk: Is communication "learned non-use" following stroke a reality?,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2011 - 2012,  $23,622.
  • Communication difficulties after stroke in Indigenous Australians: Issues and attitudes,  Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies,  AIATSIS - Grant,  2010 - 2011,  $35,541.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Armstrong, B., Ferguson, A., Mortensen, L., (2011), Public and private identity: The co-construction of aphasia through discourse. Discourses of deficit, 1(17), 215-234, London.

Journal Articles

  • Katzenellenbogen, J., Atkins, E., Thompson, S., Hersh, D., Coffin, J., Flicker, L., Hayward, C., Ciccone, N., Woods, D., McAllister, M., Armstrong, B., (2016), Missing Voices: Profile and extent of acquired communication disorders in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal adult stroke survivors in Western Australia using linked administrative records. International Journal of Stroke, 11(1), 103-116, DOI: 10.1177/1747493015607521.
  • Berg, K., Askim, T., Balandin, S., Armstrong, B., Rise, M., (2016), Experiences of participation in goal setting for people with stroke-induced aphasia in Norway: A qualitative study. Disability and Rehabilitation, Early online(Early online), 9p., DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1185167.
  • Godecke, E., Armstrong, B., Rai, T., Middleton, S., Ciccone, N., Whitworth, A., Rose, M., Holland, A., Ellery, F., Hankey, G., Cadilhac, D., Bernhardt, J., (2016), A randomized controlled trial of very early rehabilitation in speech after stroke. International Journal of Stroke, 11(5), 586-592, London, UK, DOI: 10.1177/1747493016641116.
  • Armstrong, B., Hersh, D., Katzenellenbogen, J., Coffin, J., Thompson, S., Ciccone, N., Hayward, C., Flicker, L., Woods, D., McAllister, M., (2015), Study Protocol: Missing Voices - Communication difficulties after stroke and traumatic brain injury in Aboriginal Australians. Brain Impairment, 16(2), 145-156, Cambridge, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1017/BrImp.2015.15.
  • Berg, K., Rise, MB., Balandin, S., Armstrong, B., Askim, T., (2015), Speech pathologists' experience of involving people with stroke-induced aphasia in clinical decision making during rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 38(9), 870-878, London, UK, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1066453.
  • Armstrong, B., Hersh, D., Hayward, C., Fraser, J., (2014), Communication disorders after stroke in Aboriginal Australians. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(16), 1462-1469, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.972581.
  • Hersh, D., Armstrong, B., Panak, V., Coombes, J., (2014), Speech-language pathology practices with Indigenous Australians with acquired communication disorders. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17(1), 74-85, DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2014.923510.
  • Hersh, D., Armstrong, B., Bourke, N., (2014), A narrative analysis of a speech pathologist?s work with Indigenous Australians with acquired communication disorders. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(1), 33-40, London, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.890675.
  • Hersh, D., Godecke, E., Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Bernhardt, J., (2014), ?Ward Talk?: nurses' interaction with people with and without aphasia in the very early period poststroke. Aphasiology, 30(5), 609-628, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2014.933520.
  • Stewart, K., Ciccone, N., Armstrong, B., (2014), Carer experiences with rehabilitation in the home. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 16(1), 2-6.
  • Cherney, L., Simmons-Mackie, N., Raymer, A., Armstrong, B., Holland, A., (2013), Systematic Review of Communication Partner Training in Aphasia: Methodological Quality. International Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 15(5), 535-545, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2013.763289.
  • Godecke, E., Rai, T., Ciccone, N., Armstrong, B., Granger, A., Hankey, G., (2013), Amount of therapy matters in very early aphasia rehabilitation after stroke: A clinical prognostic model. Seminars in Speech and Language, 34(3), 129-141, United States, DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1358369.
  • Armstrong, B., Fox, S., Wilkinson, R., (2013), Mild aphasia: is this the place for an argument?. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 22(2), S268-S278 , Washington, DOI: 10.1044/1058-0360(2012/12-0084.
  • Armstrong, B., Hersh, D., Hayward, C., Fraser, J., Brown, M., (2012), Living with aphasia: Three Indigenous Australian stories. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14(3), 271-280, DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2011.663790.
  • Armstrong, B., Mortensen, L., Ciccone, N., Godecke, E., (2012), Expressing opinions and feelings in a conversational setting. Seminars in Speech and Language, 33(1), 16-26, DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1301160.
  • Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Godecke, E., Kok, B., (2011), Monologues and dialogues in aphasia: Some initial comparisons. Aphasiology, 25(11), 1347-1371, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2011.577204.
  • Fromm, D., Holland, A., Armstrong, B., Forbes, M., Macwhinney, B., Risko, A., Mattison, N., (2011), ?Better But No Cigar?: Persons with Aphasia Speak about their Speech. Aphasiology, 25(11), 1431-1447, UK: Abingdon, Oxon, DOI:

Conference Publications

  • Armstrong, B., Hersh, D., Hayward, C., Fraser, J., Brown, M., (2012), Living with aphasia: Three Indigenous Australian stories. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14(Sunday 26 ? Wednesday 29 June, 2011), 271-280, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2011.663790.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  Face-to-face: An Exploratory Study Of How People With Aphasia And Speakers Of English As A Second Language Perceive Their Interactions With Government Agencies
  • Master of Social Science,  Speech And Swallowing Rehabilitation In The Home: A Comparison Of Two Service Delivery Models For Stroke Survivors
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