Our Speech Pathology academics are internationally recognised, have extensive clinical experience, and are well-connected in the speech pathology profession and the wider industries of health, disability and education.
The Discipline’s teaching and research team is rapidly growing, and welcomes leading Speech Pathology academics across the fields of child speech and language, augmentative and alternative communication, acquired communication disability, voice, stuttering, and swallowing.
Professor Bronwyn Hemsley, Head of Discipline
The Discipline is headed up by Professor Bronwyn Hemsley who has 30 years’ speech pathology clinical experience. Her main area of clinical and research interest relates to people with communication disability or swallowing difficulty and their communication in healthcare settings, safety in hospital or at home, and use of communication technologies for participation and inclusion. Much of her work also relates to promoting communication rights, reviewing research to inform evidence-based practice, countering pseudoscience, and advocating for people who use augmentative and alternative communication to access their communication rights.
Associate Professor Power is a speech pathologist and researcher in neurogenic cognitive-communication disorders, knowledge translation, and evidence-based practice. Her research aims to improve the ability of people with communication disability following stroke, brain injury and dementia to successfully participate in everyday life situations. She comes to GSH most recently from the University of Sydney where she was Senior Lecturer in speech pathology, recognised for her excellence in teaching and research and substantial contributions to industry in the field of aphasia.
Dr Amy Freeman-Sanderson, Senior Lecturer
Dr Freeman-Sanderson is a speech pathologist and clinical researcher in the field of speech pathology, specifically acute medical research and the hospital Intensive Care Unit. Before coming to GSH, Amy worked as a leading speech pathologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Dr Freeman-Sanderson is known internationally for her expertise with critically ill patients, and their communication, speech, voice, and swallowing disorders and treatment.
Ms Helen Blake, Lecturer
Ms Blake is a speech pathologist with a special research and clinical interest in speech and intelligibility. She is in the final stages of her PhD under the supervision of Professor Sharynne McLeod, with research relating to speech intelligibility in multilingual speakers. Helen has extensive experience as a clinical educator, most recently at The University of Newcastle, NSW, where she managed an intelligibility clinic for adults.
Dr Catherine Gregory, Lecturer
Dr Gregory is a speech pathologist with a special research and clinical interest in voice, and a PhD in Neurophysiology from Imperial College London. Her achievements in research and its presentation were recognised in receiving sponsorship in 2004 by Deutsche Bank, Australia, as an “up and coming” young scientist and being awarded “Australian Biophysicist of the Year” by the Australian Biophysical Society in 2006. Catherine completed a Master in Speech Pathology with 1st class honours in 2011. Since then she has worked as a clinical speech pathologist in several hospitals across New South Wales, providing evidence-based assessment and management of voice, swallowing, and communication with outpatient rehabilitation patients and with acute inpatients.
Ms Harmony Turnbull, Associate Lecturer
Ms Turnbull is a speech pathologist with longstanding experience in the field of disability, communication disability, and dysphagia. Harmony has extensive industry experience as a senior clinician in the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care, and most recently an Associate Lecturer of Speech Pathology at The University of Sydney. Harmony is now pursuing higher degree research at the Graduate School of Health, exploring the accessibility of written health information for people with communication disability. She has a strong person-centred and rights-based approach to her work, which also recognises the important overlap between ‘disability’ and ‘health’.
Dr Bryant is a speech pathologist and researcher with a special interest in language, and the integration of technology in the future of speech pathology practice. Her research investigates the assessment of language and functional communication using computer technology, and more recently focuses on the use of new technologies, particularly virtual reality, in the assessment and management of people with acquired language disorders. Dr Bryant’s previous roles have included paediatric speech pathologist in community health and private practice settings, and research and teaching assistance at the University of Newcastle, NSW.
Carl Sokkar, Associate Lecturer
Carl is an Associate Lecturer and speech pathologist with long standing experience working in private practice and university settings. Carl is now in the final stage of his Master's by research degree, exploring the impact of speech pathology student placements in private practice. He is the clinical director and partner in a large speech pathology private practice, the Speech-Language-Learning Centre at the Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, Westmead. His main areas of interest include clinical education and child language and literacy. Carl’s previous academic roles have included clinical educator, associate lecturer and project officer in work integrated learning at The University of Sydney (2002-2004; 2008-2017).
Melissa Brunner, PhD candidate and Research Associate
Liss is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and PhD Candidate at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) investigating the use of social media, specifically Twitter, by people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). She has over fifteen years of experience in the assessment and management of adults with swallowing and communication difficulties. Her clinical and research expertise is in eHealth and acquired neurologic disorders, particularly working with people who have experienced a TBI or a stroke. Her PhD research will yield important insights into how people with TBI might be supported to use Twitter (and other social media platforms) for communication, participation, and inclusion in online communities.
Dr Joanne Steel, Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr Joanne Steel, PhD is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Jo’s research interest is assessment and management of cognitive and social communication disorders after traumatic brain injury (TBI) particularly for people with severe injury who are in the early stages of recovery. In 2015, Jo completed her PhD investigating cognitive communication assessment and recovery during post-traumatic amnesia (PTA). Her goal has been to determine the best ways to monitor communication recovery over time after TBI, to help speech pathologists plan services needed, and to inform patients and families about communication recovery.
David Kinnane, Associate Lecturer
David is an Associate Lecturer at UTS. He is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia, a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), and an elected member of Speech Pathology Australia’s Ethics Board. David completed his Master of Speech Language Pathology at the University of Sydney, and was awarded the Dean’s scholar medal for his year. He is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Hong Kong, having worked as a senior lawyer for international law firms and a global investment bank in Sydney and Hong Kong. David owns and manages Banter Speech & Language, a private practice speech pathology clinic for adults and children in Sydney; and Speechies in Business, an online publishing company for speech pathologists in private practice. David is passionate about knowledge translation. He has authored several free ebooks about communication disorders for families, including the Big Book of Child Speech Pathology Answers, Reading Problems and What to do About Them, and the Lidcombe Stuttering Activities Resource Book. David loves helping his clients develop and make the most of their communication skills to achieve their academic, work and life goals. He is also passionate about the future of speech pathology as a profession and supporting early career speech pathologists.