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.

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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.


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.

Research Assistants

picture of Lily To Lily To

Lily To is currently a 4th year speech pathology honours student from the University of Sydney. Lily has been involved in several community events in the Vietnamese-speaking community, and she is interested in learning more about speech and language development in Vietnamese-English speaking children. She hopes to make positive contributions to the community by engaging in projects that will have a meaningful impact on the current understanding of how Vietnamese-English speaking children communicate.

picture of Kylie HuynhKylie Huynh

Kylie Huynh is a 4th year speech pathology student currently completing her Honours research at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include the assessment and outcome measurement for children with speech sound disorders. Kylie has been working closely with children and families of Vietnamese-speaking background to assist in delivering speech therapy service. She is committed to learning more about assessing speech sound acquisition in Vietnamese-Australian children.

Katherine WhiteKatherine White

Katherine White is a speech pathologist currently working in Sydney. She has worked with children with a range of communication and feeding difficulties for the past 12 years in education settings, public health and in private practice. Katherine has a particular interest in supporting children with speech, language and complex communication needs.

Evelyn Sowter

Evelyn Sowter has long-standing experience in administration and data management across a range of sectors.