Professor Joanne Cleland

Speech and Language Therapy

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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. 

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Area of Expertise

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. 

Prize And Awards

Meritorious Poster Submission
Recipient
21/8/2023
Manuel Garcia Prize
Recipient
1/8/2023

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Publications

Gradient speech change during intervention for school-aged children and adults with cleft palate +/- lip
Patrick Kathryn, Cleland Joanne, Rutter Ben, Fricke Silke
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, pp. 1-32 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2024.2355472
Approximants in clinical populations
Stemberger Joseph, Masso Sarah, Cleland Joanne
Approximants (2024) (2024)
Outcome measures for children with speech sound disorder : an umbrella review
Harding Samantha, Burr Samantha, Cleland Joanne, Stringer Helen, Wren Yvonne
BMJ Open Vol 14 (2024)
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-081446
Unlocking speech : exploring articulatory techniques for cleft palate +/- cleft lip care
Cleland Joanne
Annual Scientific Meeting of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2024)
Results from a pilot randomised control trial of ultrasound visual biofeedback versus standard intervention
Dokovova Marie, Crampin Lisa, Campbell Linsay, Cleland Joanne
CFSGBI Scientific Conference 2024 (2024)
English (Scottish) speech development
Scobbie James M, Cleland Joanne, Lawson Eleanor, Schaeffler Sonja
The Oxford Handbook of Speech Development in Languages of the World (2024) (2024)

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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

Introduction to using Articulate Assistant Advanced for tongue imaging research
Consultant
6/12/2023
Introduction to using Articulate Assistant Advanced for tongue imaging research
Consultant
25/10/2023
International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Participant
7/8/2023
19th Biennial Conference of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association
Participant
6/7/2023
19th Biennial Conference of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association
Participant
4/7/2023
Invited Interview
Speaker
31/5/2023

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Projects

Variability in child speech (VariCS)
Kuschmann, Anja (Principal Investigator) Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Cleland, Joanne (Co-investigator) Young, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 25-Jan-2026
EPSRC IAA: Translating Ultrasound Speech Technology into Clinical Practice
Cleland, Joanne (Co-investigator) Lawson, Eleanor (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Maximising the impact of speech and language therapy for children with speech sound disorder
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 29-Jan-2024
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)
Lawson, Eleanor (Principal Investigator) Cleland, Joanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 21-Jan-2024
A Speech Therapy Animation and imaging Resource
Lawson, Eleanor (Principal Investigator) Cleland, Joanne (Co-investigator) Stuart-Smith, Jane (Co-investigator)
ESRC (SDAI) -funded: Creating a vocal-tract-imaging-based resource for Speech and Language Therapy teaching and training and for use in Clinic.
01-Jan-2021 - 25-Jan-2023

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Professor Joanne Cleland
Speech and Language Therapy

Email: joanne.cleland@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3037