Dr Elizabeth Spencer

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (Speech Pathology)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise

Current research involves expolration of the effects of language on ageing.

Language use in older children who stutter with Dr Sally Hewat University of Newcastle..



Administrative Expertise

Governance activities include coordination and administration of the Clinical Education Program for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Program.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Clinical processes
  • child language disorders
  • clinical linguistics
  • language and ageing
  • linguistics
  • professional development
  • speech intelligibility
  • stuttering

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200499Linguistics not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
12/02/2007 - 15/12/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
12/01/2007 - 13/07/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
23/01/2006 - 15/12/2006LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
24/01/2005 - 8/07/2005LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Language and Media
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2013 - 1/12/2013Fellow UON
UoN Equity Research Fellowship
University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/01/2007 - Lecturer
Speech Pathology
University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
1/01/2006 - Membership - Stuttering and Linguistics Research GroupStuttering and Linguistics Research Group
Australia
1/01/1999 - Membership - Speech Pathology AustraliaSpeech Pathology Australia
Australia

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
1999Dean’s Medal
University of Newcastle
1999The Hunter Area Speech Pathologists’ Student Award
Unknown

Research Award

YearAward
1999Health Sciences PhD Research Scholarship
University of Sydney

Invitations

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2006Stuttering and language use in adults
Organisation: American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Description: Spencer, E. (2006) Stuttering and language use in adults. American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, Miami Beach, 16-18 November. Invited panel presentation: Alternative research methods in stuttering.
2006 Stuttering and language use in adults.
Organisation: American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention Description: Invited panel presentation: Alternative research methods in stuttering. American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention, Miami Beach, 16-18 November.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Ferguson AJ, Craig DH, Spencer EL, 'Exploring the potential for corpus-based research in speech-language pathology', Selected Proceedings of the 2008 HCSNet Workshop on Designing the Australian National Corpus: Mustering Languages, Cascadilla Press, Somerville, Massachusetts 30-36 (2009) [B1]
Co-authorsHugh Craig, Alison Ferguson

Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Spencer E, Ferguson A, Craig H, Colyvas K, Hankey GJ, Flicker L, 'Propositional idea density in older men's written language: findings from the HIMS study using computerised analysis.', Clin Linguist Phon, 29 85-101 (2015)
DOI10.3109/02699206.2014.956263Author URL
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson, Hugh Craig, Kim Colyvas
2014Ferguson A, Spencer E, Craig H, Colyvas K, 'Propositional Idea Density in women's written language over the lifespan: Computerized analysis', Cortex, 55 107-121 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.cortex.2013.05.012
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsKim Colyvas, Hugh Craig, Alison Ferguson
2013Bryant L, Spencer E, Ferguson A, Craig H, Colyvas K, Worrall L, 'Propositional Idea Density in aphasic discourse', Aphasiology, 27 992-1009 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1080/02687038.2013.803514Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsHugh Craig, Kim Colyvas, Alison Ferguson
2013Steel J, Ferguson A, Spencer E, Togher L, 'Speech pathologists' current practice with cognitive-communication assessment during post-traumatic amnesia: A survey', BRAIN INJURY, 27 819-830 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.3109/02699052.2013.775492Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson
2013Unicomb R, Hewat S, Spencer E, Harrison E, 'Clinicians' management of young children with co-occurring stuttering and speech sound disorder', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15 441-452 (2013) [C1]

Speech sound disorders reportedly co-occur in young children who stutter at a substantial rate. Despite this, there is a paucity of scientific research available to support a treatment approach when these disorders co-exist. Similarly, little is known about how clinicians are currently working with this caseload given that best practice for the treatment of both disorders in isolation has evolved in recent years. This study used a qualitative approach to explore current clinical management and rationales when working with children who have co-occurring stuttering and speech sound disorder. Thirteen participant SLPs engaged in semi-structured telephone interviews. Interview data were analysed based on principles derived from grounded theory. Several themes were identified including multi-faceted assessment, workplace challenges, weighing-up the evidence, and direct intervention. The core theme, clinical reasoning, highlighted the participants' main concern, that not enough is known about this caseload on which to base decisions about intervention. There was consensus that little is available in the research literature to guide decisions relating to service delivery. These findings highlight the need for further research to provide evidence-based guidelines for clinical practice with this caseload. © 2013 The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited.

DOI10.3109/17549507.2013.783111
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
Co-authorsSally Hewat
2012Spencer EL, Craig DH, Ferguson AJ, Colyvas KJ, 'Language and ageing - Exploring propositional density in written language - Stability over time', Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 26 743-754 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsHugh Craig, Alison Ferguson, Kim Colyvas
2011Davis L, Spencer EL, Ferguson AJ, 'A case study on the communication of older adolescents', Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 25 1044-1051 (2011) [C1]
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson
2011Blake HL, Hewat SL, Spencer EL, 'Native speaker and non-native speaker communication during job interviews', Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing, 14 171-178 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1179/jslh.2011.14.3.171
Co-authorsSally Hewat
2009Spencer EL, Packman A, Onslow M, Ferguson AJ, 'The effect of stuttering on communication: A preliminary investigation', Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 23 473-488 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1080/02699200902833373
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson
2005Spencer E, Packman A, Onslow M, Ferguson AJ, 'A preliminary investigation of the impact of stuttering on language use', Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 19 191-201 (2005) [C1]
DOI10.1080/02699200410001698625
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson
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Conference (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Spencer EL, Craig H, Colyvas K, 'Propositional Idea Density in written descriptions of health: Potential clinical applications', ., Tuscon, AZ (2013)
Co-authorsKim Colyvas, Hugh Craig
2013Unicomb RA, Hewat S, Spencer E, Harrison E, 'Concurrent treatment of stuttering & speech sound disorders: Phase I trial', American Speech and Hearing Association Conference Proceedings, Chicago, IL (2013)
2013Unicomb RA, Hewat S, Spencer E, Harrison E, 'Co-occurring stuttering and speech sound disorder: Concurrent intervention using direct treatment approaches.', Conference Program, Gold Coast, QLD (2013)
2012Spencer EL, Ferguson AJ, Craig DH, 'Language and life stages', Digital Humanities Australasia 2012 Conference, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsAlison Ferguson, Hugh Craig
2012Unicomb RA, Hewat S, Spencer E, Harrison E, 'Young children with stuttering and speech sound disorders: Clinical decisions.', Conference program, Hobart, TAS (2012)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$42,558

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $2,000

Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Monterey CA USA, 26-31 May 2015$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Elizabeth Spencer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500665
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20132 grants / $31,592

ERF Teaching Relief - Spencer$24,122

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Elizabeth Spencer, Professor Roger Markwick
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1201021
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Language and Ageing: Mapping language change with age$7,470

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Elizabeth Spencer, Professor Alison Ferguson, Professor Hugh Craig
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1200959
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20101 grants / $7,430

Exploring corpus-based methodology for the study of language variation$7,430

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Elizabeth Spencer
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000943
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $1,536

2008 Joint New Zealand Speech-language Therapists Association/Speech Pathology Australia Conference Reflecting Connections, SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, 25/5/2008 - 29/5/2008$1,536

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Elizabeth Spencer
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188659
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Information Content of Language Used by People with Aphasia
Speech Pathology, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014Children with Autism and Their Engagement and Interaction with Visual Supports in Early Intervention Settings: A Sociotechnical Investigation of Mobile Technologies for Communication
Speech Pathology, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Evidence for the Treatment of Co-occurring Stuttering and Speech Sound Disorders
Speech Pathology, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2015Speech Pathology Assessment of Cognitive Communication During Early Recovery Following Traumatic Brain Injury
Speech Pathology, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
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News

UONs Speech Pathology work recognised internationally

UoN’s Speech Pathology work recognised internationally

May 26, 2014

Head of speech pathology, Dr Sally Hewat was recently recognised for her significant contributions to the people of Vietnam in supporting the development of the speech pathology program and profession.

Letters and Numbers

Letters and numbers

May 15, 2014

The director of the Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing at the University of Newcastle knows it's not every English scholar's cup of Twinings, but he does love his stats.

Speech pathology research team

Talking speech research

December 3, 2013

Five of the world's top international speech pathologists are discussing their latest research at the three-day 'Communicating Together' Symposium in Newcastle from 2-4 December.

Dr Elizabeth Spencer

Position

Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Speech Pathology

Contact Details

Emailelizabeth.spencer@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5161
Fax(02) 4921 7386

Office

RoomGP2-21
BuildingGeneral Purpose
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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