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Communication Disorders Research Group

Communication Disorders Research at ECU focuses on clinically relevant and translatable investigations related to communication disorders across the lifespan.

The primary areas of research are i) early aphasia intervention following stroke and ii) Aboriginal Australians’experiences of brain impairment after stroke and traumatic brain injury, with significant research also being undertaken in the areas of autism, early speech and language development, fluency disorders, and teaching and learning strategies within allied health curricula.

The Speech Pathology research team is a group of active researchers with national and international reputations in the field of communication disorders relatedto brain injury. The group leads projects supported through the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and other national and international grant funding. Strong collaborations underpin all endeavours. Our research networks are academic, government-related, and clinical in nature, with world class collaborators. We are ensuring that we address current clinically relevant issues, with knowledge translation as a key focus. We achieve this within current policy contexts and maintain our research at the forefront of our industry.

The main research themes are:

Theme 1: Neuro-Rehabilitation

Projects list

Theme 2: Brain injury in Aboriginal populations

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Theme 3: Clinical Education

Projects list

  • Students’ usage of ePortfolios – students’ engagement with and development of competency and reflective practice using an ePortfolio embedded across the course

Theme 4: Developmental communication disorders

Projects list

  • Evidence based practice in the treatment of adults who stutter: analysis of a systematic review and interviews with people who stutter
  • Randomised controlled trial of fish oil supplementation for children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Effects of prematurity and intubation on voice disorders for children of school age


For more information, contact the Communications Disorders Research Group.

Professor Beth Armstrong
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2769

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