Dr Joanne Cleland


Speech and Language Therapy

Personal statement

I have been at the University of Strathclyde since 2015 where I teach on the undergraduate Speech and Language Pathology Course. I am a HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapist with a PhD in Communication Disorders. 


Has expertise in:

    I am a Speech and Language Therapist with an interest in clinical phonetics and articulatory analysis (mostly ultrasound tongue imaging). My area of expertise is visual biofeedback techniques for the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders. I am interested in research which looks at speech disorders in children, particularly in children with developmental disabilities. I am interested in motor speech disorders in autism spectrum conditions, Down syndrome, cleft lip and palate and persistent speech sound disorders. 

    I welcome enquires from prospective research students interested in the above topics. 


Development of an agreed labelling system and protocol for the diagnosis of speech sound disorder subtypes in the United Kingdom
Cleland Joanne, Burr Samantha, Harding Samantha, Stringer Helen, Wren Yvonne
An ultrasound investigation of tongue dorsum raising in children with cleft palate +/- cleft lip
Cleland Joanne, Dokovova Marie, Crampin Lisa, Campbell Linsay
The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal (2023)
Ultrasound in clinical practice : what, how, why, when and where?
Cleland Joanne, Allen Jodi
Outcome measures for children with speech sound disorder : an umbrella review protocol
Harding SA, Burr S, Cleland J, Stringer H, Wren Y
BMJ Open, pp. 1-12 (2023)
What's in a name? Dr Jan Broomfield, Dr Joanne Cleland and Dr Pam Williams make their case for adopting the term 'childhood apraxia of speech'
Broomfield Jan, Cleland Joanne, Williams Pam
Using ultrasound tongue imaging to support the phonetic transcription of childhood speech sound disorders
Sugden Eleanor, Cleland Joanne
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics Vol 36, pp. 1047-1066 (2022)

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Research interests

My research focuses on developmental Speech Sound Disorders.  I have a particular interest in Visual Biofeedback, that is, technologies which can be used to image the articulators (principally the tongue) moving when we speak. My research has focused both on electropalatogrpahy (EPG) and ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI) as two of the main techniques which provide both ways of measuring tongue movement and of allowing children with speech sound disorders a method of using real-time visual biofeedback of their own tongue movements to modify incorrect articulations and therefore improve their speech.


Current projects include clinical studies looking the efficacy of visual biofeedback in children with persistent speech sound disorders and cleft lip and palate and assessment of speech disorders using ultrasound. At the theoretical level I am interested in the underlying nature of persistent speech sound disorder, especially with regards to theories which implicate the speech motor control system. I am interested in speech motor control in children with both primary speech sound disorders and those with other diagnoses including Down syndrome, autism and cleft lip and palate. 

Professional activities

Invited Interview
Biofeedback Approaches
Invited speaker
On the threshold of a new age: ultrasound management of speech, voice & swallowing disorders
Invited speaker
Ultrasound Tongue Imaging in the Speech Therapy Clinic.
Invited speaker
Assessment and Treatment of Cleft Speech Characteristics with Ultrasound Tongue Imaging
Invited speaker

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Variability in child speech (VariCS)
Kuschmann, Anja (Principal Investigator) Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Cleland, Joanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Maximising the impact of speech and language therapy for children with speech sound disorder
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
SonoSpeech Cleft Pilot: A pilot randomised control trial of ultrasound visual biofeedback versus standard intervention for children with cleft lip and palate
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
Speech Therapy Animation and imaging Resource (STAR)
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2023
Ultrax2020: Ultrasound Technology for Optimising the Treatment of Speech Disorders
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2021
Visualising Speech: Using Ultrasound Visual Biofeedback to Diagnose and Treat Speech Disorders in Children with Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
17-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018

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