The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders has an active research programme which includes a strong presence in local research as well as publishing and presenting on the international stage.
Research in the Division focuses on both theoretical questions and clinical needs in relation to speech, language, hearing, communication and swallowing. The Division is a key driver of The National Speech and Language Project (Chaired by A/Prof Shajila Singh) which aims to develop resources for use by SLPs and Audiologists for South African speakers of all languages.
Academic staff research interests are summarised below.
Prof Harsha Kathard
Communication in classrooms
Assoc. Prof Lebogang Ramma
Health policy and service delivery issues in the public health system
Noise-induced hearing loss and epidemiology of hearing loss
Assoc. Prof Shajila Singh
Dr Michelle Pascoe
Intervention for children with speech, language and literacy difficulties.
Application of psycholinguistic frameworks to assessment and intervention.
Development of speech, language and literacy assessments appropriate for use with South African populations
Audiological monitoring and service delivery relating to ototoxicity
Neonatal and infant hearing screening
Audiology education and curriculum
Vestibular assessment and management
Geriatric balance disorders, falls and fall prevention.
Early Communication Intervention
Faculty of Health Sciences
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