Communication Sciences & Disorders


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 Department focuses on both theoretical questions and clinical needs in relation to speech, language, hearing, communication and swallowing.

Academic staff research interests are summarised below.

Assoc. Prof Shajila Singh

  • Dysphagia
  • Paediatric Dysphagia
  • Service delivery

Assoc. Prof Harsha Kathard

  • Communication in classrooms
  • Fluency
  • Occupational audiology
  • Service delivery
  • Disability

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.

Dr Lebogang Ramma

  • Classroom Acoustics
  • Health policy and service delivery issues in the public health system
  • Noise-induced hearing loss and epidemiology of hearing loss

Lucretia Petersen

  • Audiological monitoring and service delivery relating to ototoxicity
  • Neonatal and infant hearing screening
  • Audiology education and curriculum

Christine Rogers

  • Vestibular assessment and management
  • Geriatric balance disorders, falls and fall prevention.
  • Vestibulo-toxicity

Vivienne Norman

  • Paediatric dysphagia
  • Early Communication Intervention