Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Project Team

Chief Investigators

Professor Sharynne McLeodProfessor Sharynne McLeod

Sharynne McLeod is professor of speech and language acquisition at Charles Sturt University. She is an elected Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia, Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Vice President of the International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association, founding chair of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech, has held a number of roles in the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, and was editor of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She specialises in multilingual children's speech acquisition and children with speech sound disorders. Professor McLeod has been an invited speaker at conferences and universities in Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey, UK, US, and Vietnam.

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Dr Sarah VerdonDr Sarah Verdon

Dr Sarah Verdon is a senior lecturer and research fellow at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Her research focuses on the development of a culturally competent workforce and supporting the communication of children from diverse backgrounds.

She is co-chair of The International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech.

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Project officers

Dr Cen Audrey WangDr Cen Audrey Wang

Dr Audrey Wang is the project officer of the VietSpeech study at Charles Sturt University and is responsible for quantitative data collection and analyses.

With a background in educational psychology, her research focuses on children’s academic and social emotional development and the associated factors.

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Dr Van TranDr Van Tran

Dr Van Tran is a PhD candidate in this ARC-funded project on Vietnamese language maintenance and Vietnamese-English competence. She is also a linguist and a NAATI-accredited translator. She has been teaching English language and linguistics and translation at University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University. Her research has been focussing on discourse analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and recently home language maintenance and children’s speech acquisition.

Kate MargetsonKate Margetson

Kate Margetson is a project officer for the VietSpeech research team at Charles Sturt University. She has worked as a speech pathologist supporting children and families in south west Sydney for almost 10 years. She has also been a volunteer speech pathology trainer in Vietnam for a year with Trinh Foundation and Kianh Foundation.

Consultant

Dr Ben PhạmDr Ben Phạm, Ha Noi National University, Vietnam

Dr Ben Phạm is a lecturer at the Division of Speech-Language and Hearing Impairment, Faculty of Special Education, Ha Noi National University of Education, Viet Nam and is an adjunct research fellow at Charles Sturt University (December 2018 - December 2021). Her research focuses on Vietnamese-speaking children’s speech acquisition. She is the first author of the Vietnamese Speech Assessment and is a member of The International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children's Speech.

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