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Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and Coordinator of the Speech Pathology Honours Program in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.
Deborah Hersh, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and is a Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia. She has 30 years of clinical and research experience in speech pathology in the UK and Australia. She has published and presented extensively in aphasia rehabilitation, person-centred practice, and qualitative research methodologies in communication disorders. Her research has included discharge from aphasia therapy, professional client relationships, clinical ethics, group work, rehabilitation goal setting and acquired communication disorder in Aboriginal Australians following stroke and brain injury. Deborah presents her work nationally and internationally including invited keynotes. She was a CI on the NHMRC-funded Missing Voices research exploring experiences of, and services for, Aboriginal Australians after stroke and brain injury, and is now a CI with the NHMRC Partnership grant: Enhancing rehabilitation services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury, and the Lowitja grant “Yarning Together”. She is also a CI with the LUNA research team, funded by the UK Stroke Foundation and based at City, University of London. Deborah is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and served on the Editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been a guest editor for Aphasiology.
In 1995, Deborah established the Talkback Group Programme for Aphasia, and the Talkback Association for Aphasia in 1999, now Aphasia SA. She was awarded life membership in 2009. She currently is Deputy Chair of the Australian Aphasia Association, taking up the Chairperson’s role in September 2020. Deborah is an affiliate of the NHMRC CRE Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation and was involved in the development of the Australian Aphasia Rehabilitation Pathway (http://www.aphasiapathway.com.au/). She was also a member of the expert working party for the development of the Stroke Foundation 2010 Clinical Guidelines, for their 2017 revision, and with their current Living Guidelines revisions. Deborah contributed to their Enable Me website (https://enableme.org.au/).
Deborah is a nationally recognised teacher and gained an AAUT National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2019. She supervises postgraduate research at Masters and PhD level and coordinates the Speech Pathology Honours program at ECU. She holds an Adjunct position in Public Health at Flinders University.
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