Research team

Professor Sharynne McLeod, PhD
Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE)
Charles Sturt University, Australia
Australian Research Council Future Fellow (FT0990588)

Project title: Speaking my languages: International speech acquisition in Australia
Blog: Speaking my languages

International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech

The International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech (IEPMCS) consists of approximately 60 members who work in over 30 countries. Invited members are speech-language pathologists, phoneticians, linguists and speech scientists with specialist knowledge and publications in the field of childhood speech sound disorders, multilingualism, or both.

Find out more about the Panel members and projects

Speech-Language-Multilingualism (SLM) Team

  • Professor Sharynne McLeod – Bathurst, Australia
  • A/Professor Jane McCormack – Sydney
  • Dr Kathryn Crowe – Iceland
  • Dr Sarah Verdon – Albury, Australia
  • Dr Suzanne C. Hopf – Fiji/Albury, Australia
  • Dr Sarah Masso – Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Ben Phạm – Viet Nam
  • Dr Cen (Audrey) Wang – Bathurst, Australia
  • Dr Michelle I. Brown – Albury, Australia
  • Kate Margetson – Sydney, Australia
  • Helen L. Blake – Sydney, Australia
  • Anna Cronin – Brisbane, Australia
  • Nicole McGill – Shepparton, Australia
  • Dr Van H. Tran – Sydney, Australia
  • Holly McAlister – Albury, Australia

*Affiliated members undertaking PhDs in other universities

  • Anniek Van Doornik - University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Dr Natalie Hegarty - University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

Research students (since 2009)

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr Sarah Verdon
Dr Kathryn Crowe
Dr Cen (Audrey) Wang
Dr Michelle I. Brown

Graduated – PhD

Jane McCormack, PhD

Kathryn Crowe, PhD

Sarah Masso, PhD

Sarah Verdon, PhD

Suzanne C. Hopf, PhD

Ben Phạm, PhD

PhD students (current)

Graduated – Masters

Rebekah Lockart

  • Thesis: Factors that enhance Australian speech-language pathologists' assessment of the speech of Cantonese-speaking children

Graduated – Honours

Bethany Toohill

  • Thesis: Childhood speech impairment: Co-occurrence with language, hearing, pre-literacy and oro-motor impairment in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children

Nicole Limbrick

  • Thesis: Designs and decisions: The creation of informal measures for assessing speech production in children

Hannah Wilkin

  • Thesis: "Oh I forgot the voice: A comparative analysis of children's drawings"

Honours students (current)

Holly McAlister

Research assistants (since 2010)

Hannah Wilkin, Felicity McKellar, Alice Whitfield, Sarah Verdon, Sarah Masso, Ben Phạm, Ninh Dang Vu, Grear McAdam, Anna Cronin, Kate Margetson, Lily To, Kylie Huynh.


  • Dr Elise Baker, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Caroline Bowen, Macquarie University, Australia
  • Dr Suzanne Churcher, University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Professor Jan Edwards, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Professor Marios Fourakis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Associate Professor Magdalena Janus, McMaster University, Canada
  • Dr Damjana Kogovšek, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Lê Thi Thanh Xuân (Xuân), Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Việt Nam
  • Lê Khánh Điền (Điền), Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Việt Nam
  • Dr Þóra (Thora) Másdóttir, The National Hearing and Speech Institute of Iceland, Iceland
  • Dr Carol To, University of Hong Kong, SAR China
  • Anniek van Doornik-van der Zee, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Alenka Vidmar, Kindergarten Kekec, Grosuplje, Slovenia
  • Dr Karla Washington, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA
  • Dr A. Lynn Williams, East Tennessee State University, TN, USA
  • Dr Pam Williams, Nuffield Centre, London, UK
  • Dr Adam Winsler, George Mason University, VA, USA
  • Dr Yvonne Wren, University of West of England, UK
  • Professor David Lee (Fulbright Senior Scholar), University of Miami, FL, US
  • Suzanne Churcher (Churchill Fellow), Portsmouth University, UK
  • Dr Pam Williams, Nuffield Hearing & Speech Centre, Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital, UK
  • A/Prof Magdalena Janus, McMaster University, Canada
  • Professor Vinayagum Chinapah, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Professor Rebecca J. McCauley, Ohio State University, OH, USA

Collaborators and supporters

  • Members of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech
  • Colleagues and students at Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Speech-language pathologists around the world

Research Students' Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships to Support Postdoctoral Work

  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship (Crowe, 2016)
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship (Verdon, 2014; Masso, 2017)
  • Charles Sturt University PhD Write Up Award (Masso, 2016)

Scholarships to Support PHD

  • Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (Hopf, 2014)
  • Australian Awards Scholarship (Phạm, 2014-2018)
  • Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship (McCormack, 2010; Blake, 2016 – shortlisted)

Scholarships to Support Travel

  • Churchill Fellowship (Cronin, 2015)
  • Australasian Human Development Association Conference Travel Scholarship (Masso, 2015)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Student Travel Award (Crowe, 2013)

Scholarships to Support Research Costs

  • RIPPLE PhD Scholarship (McGill,2016)
  • Trinh Foundation Research Grant (Phạm, 2016)
  • Australian Linguistic Society Gerhardt Laves Scholarship (Hopf, 2015)
  • Speech Pathology Australia Higher Degree Research Grant (Masso, 2015)
  • Speech Pathology Australia Nadia Verrall Memorial Scholarship (Watts Pappas, 2006)
  • Charles Sturt University Honours Scholarship (Wilkin, 2012; Limbrick, 2011)
  • Charles Sturt University Honours Operating Grant (Limbrick, 2012)
  • Mitchellsearch Honours Scholarship (Barr, 2006; Holliday, 2008)

Awards for Research Excellence

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Meritorious Poster (Phạm, 2017)
  • Australian Linguistic Society Gerhardt Laves Scholarship (Hopf, 2015)
  • SCOPUS Young Researcher Award for Humanities and Social Sciences (McCormack, 2011)
  • NSW/ACT Young Achievers Award for Science Leadership (Verdon, 2014)
  • Pursuit Award for Childhood Disability Research (Canada) runner-up (McCormack, 2013; Verdon, 2015)
  • Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology Editor's Prize (Crowe, 2014)
  • Charles Sturt University Faculty of Education Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award (Watts Pappas, 2007; McCormack, 2010; Verdon, 2015)
  • Charles Sturt University Faculty of Education Best Student Paper (Barr, 2008)
  • Speech Pathology Australia National Conference Best Student Paper (Verdon, 2014; Howland, 2016) and Best Student Poster (Masso, 2014)
  • Speech Pathology Australia Student Award for Outstanding Academic and Clinical Performance in the Bachelor program (Limbrick,2012; Howland, 2016)
  • Charles Sturt University Faculty of Science Dean's Award for Academic Excellence (Limbrick, 2012)
  • Australian Federation of University Women Most Meritorious Graduate (Barr, 2006)

Other Awards

  • Charles Sturt University 3 Minute Thesis Competition finalists/runners-up (Verdon, 2014; Masso, 2015)
  • Inaugural Three Minute Honours Thesis Competition Winner, Charles Sturt University (Limbrick, 2012)
  • Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS)--Allied Health Undergraduate Stream (Limbrick, 2010-2012)
  • Charles Sturt University Excellence Scholarship (Limbrick, 2009-2012)