Keynote and Invited Speakers

The National Conference of Speech Pathology Australia is in Sydney (International Convention Centre) from 28-31 May 2017. On this page delegates can learn more about the Keynote and Invited Speakers.

Dr Laura Justice

This is a photograph of Professor Laura Justice who is EHE Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University.Laura Justice is EHE Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University. She is also Executive Director of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and the Schoenbaum Family Center.

Laura is interested in identifying ways to more effectively support the early language and literacy development of children experiencing risk, including children with communication disorders and children living in poverty. Justice is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, appearing in such journals as Child Development; Psychological Science; Developmental Psychology; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; and American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She is also the author of two major textbooks in Communication Sciences (Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Contemporary Perspective, and Language Development: Theory of Practice).

Laura is heavily involved with literacy promotion in international contexts, including ongoing work scaling up a parent-child reading program in indigenous Maya villages in eastern Mexico.

Read Laura’s abstract for her keynote and seminar presentations.

Professor Emily Plowman, Ph. D., CCC-SLP

This is a photograph of Dr Emily Plowman who is a keynote speaker at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference in 2017.

Professor Emily Plowman completed a Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science with First Class Honours from Curtin University in 2000. She moved to the United States in 2001 and completed a Doctorate in Neurorehabilitation under the mentorship of Jay Rosenbek, followed by a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in basic Neuroscience with Jeffrey Kleim. Emily currently serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Florida in the departments of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, Physical Therapy and Neurology. She is the clinical director at the Center for Respiratory Rehabilitation and Research and the clinical director of Speech Pathology services at both the University of South Florida and the University of Florida specialised Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) multidisciplinary clinics. Emily teaches graduate level courses in Dysphagia, Medical Speech-Language Pathology, Introduction to Clinical Speech-Language Pathology and Research Methods. She also provides courses to clinicians in Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management and is an internationally renowned speaker in this area.

Emily is the founding Co-Director of the Swallowing Systems Core. Her research focus has been on understanding mechanisms of bulbar dysfunction in neuromuscular disease and improving the clinical management of speech, swallowing and breathing in these challenging patient populations through the development of accurate screening tools and she holds current funding from both the National Institutes of Health and the ALS Association in this area.

Emily currently serves on the Northeastern ALS Consortium (NEALS) Bulbar and Ventilation specialty Committees and has previously served on the board of Directors for the Dysphagia Research Society. She is an accomplished clinician and educator who lectures extensively both nationally and internationally and was recognised with the 2013 American Speech and Hearing Association Specialty Board in Swallowing Disorders Award for her research in the treatment of bulbar dysfunction in ALS. She is thrilled to return to home for SPA 2017!

Read Emily’s abstract for her keynote, seminar and masterclass presentations.

Dr Tricia McCabe CPSP

This a photograph of Dr Tricia McCabe CPSP is Head of Discipline and Associate Professor in Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney.The 2017 CPC is pleased to announce and introduce Dr Tricia McCabe CPSP as the Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award recipient for 2017.

Dr Tricia McCabe CPSP is Head of Discipline and Associate Professor in Speech Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Sydney. From 2010-2016 she was Course Director of the undergraduate degree in speech pathology. Tricia has published more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles, supervised more than 20 research students, and has had $3.6 million in research grants. She has been an accreditor of university speech pathology programs since 2006 and is a member of the management committee of speechBITE.

Tricia's research, teaching and clinical practice are all focussed on improving treatments for moderate-severe speech impairments in children and adults. In particular, she has spent much of the past 10 years working to improve treatments for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and this has resulted in the two Randomised Control Trials comparing different interventions in this population.

With a team of colleagues, research and undergraduate students, and volunteers she has developed the Rapid Syllable Transition Training intervention (ReST), a novel intervention which uses drill practice of non-words to improve the motor planning skills. This treatment has been shown to be effective in face to face and telehealth service delivery. The Ian Potter Foundation has recently funded a free internet based training program for clinicians in ReST and this training will provide many more children with access to this innovative treatment.

Tricia is also interested in the application of Evidence Based Practice in speech pathology, service delivery innovations and professional voice user training. She maintains a small private practice in Sydney providing second opinion assessments and treatment to children and adults with speech disorders. Tricia tweets as @tricmc on speech pathology topics and baking.

Read Tricia’s abstract of her Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award presentation.