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Associate Professor Deborah Hersh

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2563, Email: d.hersh@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.537
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2563
Email: d.hersh@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.537  

 

Associate Professor in Speech Pathology and Coordinator of the Speech Pathology Honours Program in the School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • SPE2210 Impact of Communication and Swallowing Disorders
  • SPE2106 Treatment Principles
  • SPE3128 Neurogenic Language and Cognitive Communication Disorders
  • SPE3110 Professional Issues in Speech Pathology
  • SPE5102 Preparation of Honours Thesis Proposal
  • SPE5104 Honours Research Project

Background

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.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, Speech Pathology Association of Australia (FSPAA)
  • Deputy Chair, Australian Aphasia Association
  • Life Member, Talkback Association for Aphasia Inc.
  • Member, Aphasia WA
  • Associate Member: Indigenous Allied Health Association
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019: AAUT National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2015: ECU Vice Chancellor’s Staff Award: Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
  • 2009: Life membership of Talkback Association for Aphasia, Inc. “for exceptional services to the Talkback Association for Aphasia, Inc.”
  • 2003: Fellowship, Speech Pathology Association of Australia,
  • 1999: Australian Postgraduate Award

Research Areas and Interests

  • Experiences of aphasia treatment termination for clients, families and clinicians
  • Assessment and goal setting in aphasia rehabilitation
  • Interactions with people with aphasia in acute care
  • Experiences of acquired communication disorders for Aboriginal Australians after stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Group approaches for people with aphasia and families
  • Social approaches, empowerment, and human rights in aphasia
  • Ethics and PPI in aphasia
  • The therapeutic relationship and professional boundaries
  • Qualitative research methodologies in speech pathology

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The Flinders University of South Australia, 2003.
  • Master of Science with Distinction in Human Communication, England, 1992.
  • Bachelor of Schience - Honours in Speech Pathology, England, 1989.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Enhancing rehabilitation services for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury: Healing Right Way,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Partnership Projects,  2016 - 2022,  $3,281,800.
  • Brain injury yarning circles: Support groups for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury,  Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science,  Neurotrauma Research Program,  2020 - 2021,  $95,000.
  • Translation of a culturally responsive stroke rehabilitation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into a real-world setting in northern Australia: A Type 1 hybrid effectiveness implementation trial.,  National Health and Medical Research Council,  Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Program,  2018 - 2020,  $9,487.
  • Investigating a Communication Enhanced Environment to Increase Communication Activity Early After Stroke. ,  Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation,  Grant,  2016 - 2020,  $17,483.
  • Yarning together: Developing a culturally secure rehabilitation approach for Aboriginal Australians after brain injury,  Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC,  2017 Research Funding,  2018 - 2019,  $197,622.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Journal Articles

  • Dipper, L., Marshall, J., Boyle, M., Botting, N., Hersh, D., Pritchard, M., Cruice, M., (2020), Treatment for improving discourse in aphasia: a systematic review and synthesis of the evidence base. Aphasiology, Online(2020), 44p., DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2020.1765305.
  • Cruice, M., Botting, N., Marshall, J., Boyle, M., Hersh, D., Pritchard, M., Dipper, L., (2020), UK speech and language therapists’ views and reported practices of discourse analysis in aphasia rehabilitation. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, epub ahead of print(Feb), 26p., DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12528.
  • Hersh, D., Armstrong, B., (2020), Information, communication, advocacy, and complaint: how the spouse of a man with aphasia managed his discharge from hospital. Aphasiology, Online(2020), 18p., DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2020.1765304.
  • Balchin, R., Hersh, D., Grantis, J., Godfrey, M., (2020), "Ode to confidence": Poetry groups for dysarthria in multiple sclerosis. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Online(25 March), 13p., DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2020.1739333.
  • Ciccone, N., Armstrong, B., Hersh, D., Adams, M., McAllister, M., (2019), The Wangi (talking) project: A feasibility study of a rehabilitation model for aboriginal people with acquired communication disorders after stroke. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21(3), 305-316, DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2019.1595146.
  • Armstrong, B., Coffin, J., McAllister, M., Hersh, D., Katzenellenbogen, J., Thompson, S., Ciccone, N., Flicker, L., Cross, N., Arabi, L., Woods, D., Hayward, C., (2019), ‘I’ve got to row the boat on my own, more or less’: aboriginal australian experiences of traumatic brain injury. Brain Impairment, 20(2), 120-136, DOI: 10.1017/BrImp.2019.19.
  • Bickford, J., Coveney, J., Baker, J., Hersh, D., (2019), Validating the Changes to Self-identity After Total Laryngectomy. Cancer Nursing, 42(4), 314-322, Wolters Kluwer Health, DOI: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000610.
  • Booth, S., Armstrong, B., Taylor, C., Hersh, D., (2019), Communication access: is there some common ground between the experiences of people with aphasia and speakers of English as an additional language?. Aphasiology, 33(8), 996-1018, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2018.1512078.
  • Armstrong, B., McAllister, M., Hersh, D., Katzenellenbogen, J., Thompson, S., Coffin, J., Flicker, L., Woods, D., Hayward, C., Ciccone, N., (2019), A screening tool for acquired communication disorders in Aboriginal Australians after brain injury: lessons learned from the pilot phase. Aphasiology, epub ahead of Print(21 October), 26p., DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2019.1678107.
  • Nang, C., Reynolds, V., Hersh, D., Andrews, C., Humphries, O., (2019), The experiences of migrants to Australia who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 62(December 2019), Article number: 105723, DOI: 10.1016/j.jfludis.2019.105723.
  • Armstrong, B., Coffin, J., Hersh, D., Katznellenbogen, J., Thompson, S., Ciccone, N., Flicker, L., Woods, D., Hayward, C., Dowell, C., McAllister, M., (2019), “You felt like a prisoner in your own self, trapped”: the experiences of Aboriginal people with acquired communication disorders. Disability and Rehabilitation, epub ahead of Print(6 Nov 2019), 15p., DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1686073.
  • Esgin, T., Hersh, D., Rowley, K., Gilroy, J., Newton, R., (2019), Indigenous research methodologies: decolonizing the Australian sports sciences. Health Promotion International, 34(6), 1231-1240, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/heapro/day076.
  • Hersh, D., Armstrong, B., McAllister, M., Ciccone, N., Katzenellenbogen, J., Coffin, J., Thompson, S., Hayward, C., Flicker, L., Woods, D., (2019), General practitioners’ perceptions of their communication with Australian Aboriginal patients with acquired neurogenic communication disorders. Patient Education and Counseling, 102(12), 2310-2317, Ireland, Elsevier Ireland Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2019.07.029.
  • Wallace, S., Worrall, L., Rose, T., Le Dorze, G., Breitenstein, C., Hilari, K., Babbitt, E., Bose, A., Brady, M., Cherney, L., Copland, D., Cruice, M., Enderby, P., Hersh, D., Howe, T., Kelly, H., Kiran, S., Laska, A., Marshall, J., Nicholas, M., Patterson, J., Pearl, G., Rochon, E., Rose, M., Sage, K., Small, S., Webster, J., (2019), A core outcome set for aphasia treatment research: The ROMA consensus statement. International Journal of Stroke, 14(2), 180-185, Sage Publications Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/1747493018806200.
  • Katzenellenbogen, J., Atkins, E., Thompson, S., Hersh, D., Coffin, J., Flicker, L., Hayward, C., Ciccone, N., Woods, D., Greenland, M., McAllister, M., Armstrong, B., (2018), Missing Voices: Profile, Extent, and 12-Month Outcomes of Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injury in Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Adults in Western Australia Using Linked Administrative Records. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 33(6), 412-423, United States, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000371.
  • Nang, C., Hersh, D., Milton, K., Lau, SR., (2018), The Impact of Stuttering on Development of Self-Identity, Relationships, and Quality of Life in Women Who Stutter. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 27(3S), 1244-1258, United States, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, DOI: 10.1044/2018_AJSLP-ODC11-17-0201.
  • Hersh, D., (2018), From individual to global: Human rights and aphasia. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20(1), 39-43, DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2018.1397749.
  • Bickford, J., Coveney, J., Baker, J., Hersh, D., (2018), Self‐expression and identity after total laryngectomy: Implications for support. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 27(11), 2638-2644, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/pon.4818.
  • Bickford, J., Coveney, J., Baker, J., Hersh, D., (2018), Support following total laryngectomy: Exploring the concept from different perspectives. European Journal of Cancer Care, 27(3), article no.e12848, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12848.
  • Hersh, D., Wood, P., Armstrong, B., (2018), Informal aphasia assessment, interaction and the development of the therapeutic relationship in the early period after stroke. Aphasiology, 32(8), 876-901, Oxon, United Kingdom, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2017.1381878.
  • Armstrong, B., McKay, G., Hersh, D., (2017), Assessment and treatment of aphasia in Aboriginal Australians: Linguistic considerations and broader implications for cross-cultural practice. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 19(1), 27-34, Melbourne, Victoria, Speech Pathology Australia.
  • Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Hersh, D., Katzenellenbogen, J., Coffin, J., Thompson, S., Flicker, L., Hayward, C., Woods, D., McAllister, M., (2017), Development of the Aboriginal Communication Assessment After Brain Injury (ACAABI): a screening tool for identifying acquired communication disorders in Aboriginal Australians. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 19(3),  297-308, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2017.1290136.
  • Penn, C., Armstrong, B., Brewer, K., Purves, B., McAllister, M., Hersh, D., Godecke, E., Ciccone, N., Lewis, A., (2017), De-colonizing Speech-Language Pathology practice in acquired neurogenic disorders. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 2(3), 91-99, Rockville, USA, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, DOI: 10.1044/persp2.SIG2.91.
  • Hersh, D., Ciccone, N., (2016), Predicting potential for aphasia rehabilitation: The role of judgments of motivation. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 18(1), 3-7.
  • 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, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, DOI: 10.1177/1747493015607521.
  • Hersh, D., (2016), Therapy in transit: managing aphasia in the early period post stroke. Aphasiology, 30(5), 509-516, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2015.1137555.
  • Hersh, D., Godecke, E., Armstrong, B., Ciccone, N., Bernhardt, J., (2016), “Ward Talk”: nurses' interaction with people with and without aphasia in the very early period poststroke. Aphasiology, 30(5), 609-628, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2014.933520.
  • 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, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/BrImp.2015.15.
  • Ilich, K., Hersh, D., (2015), Babies with feeding difficulties: Mothers’ perceptions of hospital discharge, transition home, and the role of speech-language pathology. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 17(3), 114-119, Melbourne, VIC, Speech Pathology Australia.
  • Hersh, D., (2015), Hopeless, sorry, hopeless: Co-constructing narratives of care with people who have aphasia post-stroke. Topics in Language Disorders, 35(3), 219-236, Philadelphia, USA, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000060.
  • Hersh, D., Armstrong, B., Bourke, N., (2015), 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, Informa Healthcare, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.890675.
  • Tsourtos, G., Ward, P., Lawn, S., Winefield, A., Hersh, D., Coveney, J., (2015), Is resilience relevant to smoking abstinence for Indigenous Australians?. Health Promotion International, 30(1), 64-76, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dau087.
  • Hersh, D., Armstrong, B., Panak, V., Coombes, J., (2015), Speech-language pathology practices with Indigenous Australians with acquired communication disorders. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17(1), 74-85, Speech Pathology Australia, DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2014.923510.
  • Power, E., Thomas, E., Worrall, L., Rose, M., Togher, L., Nickels, L., Hersh, D., Godecke, E., O'Halloran, R., Lamont, S., O'Connor, C., Clarke, K., (2015), Development and validation of Australian aphasia rehabilitation best practice statements using the RAND/UCLA appropriateness method. BMJ Open, 5(7), Article no. e007641, London, UK, BMJ Publishing Group, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007641.
  • Armstrong, B., Hersh, D., Hayward, C., Fraser, J., (2015), Communication disorders after stroke in Aboriginal Australians. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(16), 1462-1469, Informa Healthcare, DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.972581.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Evaluation of acceptance and efficiency of exercise for indigenous Australians to benefit physiological, anthropometric and metabolic syndrome outcomes
  • 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
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