B App Sc (Sp Path) Hons, PhD, CPSP
Linda completed her undergraduate speech pathology honours degree in 1992. Since that time, she has worked as:
She was awarded a PhD in 2003, for her research investigating "Telehealth Delivery of the Lidcombe Program". Her current research interests are in the areas of stuttering; rural speech pathology; service management issues, such as equity, service availability, and accessibility; and telehealth.
Linda has 16 years of experience teaching in universities. She has taught into both undergraduate and Masters level speech pathology preparation courses, and has successfully supervised numerous honours and higher degree research students.
Over last five years
Linda teaches in accordance with the principles of adult learning. Her teaching is not particularly innovative – these principles have been discussed in the literature for many years now – but she tries to teach in ways that engage students and help them make connections between theory and practice. For on campus classes, she tends to teach in workshop mode, which she conceives as short lectures, of around 20 minutes or so, to provide basic information, followed by practical activities and/or small group discussion, often based around client cases or clinical problems. These activities, client cases and clinical problems are specifically designed to help students to process and apply the information, and then extend their understanding of it. A primary aim of her teaching is to model and scaffold clinical reasoning and critical thinking.
Recently, Linda has begun to teach into online (distance) subjects. She is attempting to transfer her approaches to teaching into this new domain!
Linda has been actively involved in research since the early 1990s, as a research assistant/officer, research higher degree student, associate researcher, honours and research higher degree supervisor, and as a primary researcher. She was awarded a PhD in 2003 for her research investigating "Telehealth Delivery of the Lidcombe Program", and was a principal investigator on a multimillion dollar National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant held by the Australian Stuttering Research Centre. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and published in international peer reviewed journals. Her current research interests are in the areas of stuttering; rural speech pathology; service management issues, such as equity, service availability, and accessibility; and telehealth.
Over the years, Linda has taken on various roles that have served the speech pathology professional and academic communities. These include: convenor of a state-wide conference, member of a steering committee, peer reviewer of articles submitted to national and international speech pathology journals, editor of proceedings of a Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, peer reviewer of applications submitted to the National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grants scheme, examiner of research theses (honours & PhD), and peer reviewer of human research ethics applications.