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Charn is the course coordinator for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. She is a lecturer and researcher in speech pathology.
Charn graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Human Communication) with first class Honours. She worked as a speech pathologist for the Department of Health and a research assistant before pursuing post-graduate research studies. She was awarded a PhD from The University of Western Australia, thesis titled “Cause or consequence: An investigation of the factors determining the onset and development of stuttering” in 2013.
Charn has worked with The Speak Easy Association of WA Inc. since 2002, as a facilitator and speech pathology clinical and research consultant. She has advised on, coordinated, and managed the core operations of the association, has secured five community-based grants for various projects (including Lotterywest, Adult Community Education and Community Arts Network WA), and has worked with people who stutter of all ages to assist community integration.
Charn has published research in the area of stuttering and clinical education in national and international journals, and presented at national (Australian Speak Easy Association, Speech Pathology Australia) and international conferences (The International Fluency Association, International Stuttering Association) dedicated to the topic of stuttering and related topics.
Charn has been a lecturer and researcher at Edith Cowan University since 2008 and is currently a member of Speech Pathology Australia, the national speech pathology organisation, and is an Accreditor for speech pathology programs with Speech Pathology Australia. In previous years she has been responsible for the Scientific Affairs Portfolio in the WA branch of Speech Pathology Australia, which aims to continue to develop the research culture with the profession of speech pathology. Charn has been an article rater (using the Pedro rating scale) for SpeechBITE, a web-based database for speech pathology interventions since 2009.
Charn’s research interests are in stuttering, speech motor control development, speech production processes, quality of life and experiences of people who stutter, and evidence-based treatments for stuttering.
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