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Dr Joanne Cleland

Senior Lecturer

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. 


Enabling new articulatory gestures in children with persistent speech sound disorders using ultrasound visual biofeedback
Cleland Joanne, Scobbie James M., Roxburgh Zoe, Heyde Cornelia, Wrench Alan
Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, (2018)
Aetiology of speech sound errors in autism
McKeever Louise, Cleland Joanne, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
Speech Production and PerceptionSpeech Production and Perception, (2018)
UltraSuite : a repository of ultrasound and acoustic data from child speech therapy sessions
Eshky Aciel, Ribeiro Manuel Sam, Cleland Joanne, Richmond Korin, Roxburgh Zoe, Scobbie James, Wrench Alan
Interspeech 2018, (2018)
Gradient change in lingual gestures acquired during speech therapy
Scobbie James M, Cleland Joanne
LabPhon16, (2018)
The use of electropalatography in the treatment of speech disorders in children with down syndrome : a randomised controlled trial
Wood Sara E., Timmins Claire, Wishart Jennifer , Hardcastle William J., Cleland Joanne
International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, pp. 1-29, (2018)
Visualising speech : identification of atypical tongue-shape patterns in the speech of children with cleft lip and palate using ultrasound technology
Lloyd Susan, Cleland Joanne, Crampin Lisa, Campbell Linsay, Zharkova Natalia, Palo Juha-Pertti
Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland, (2018)

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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

5th International Winter School: Speech Perception and Production
Keynote/plenary speaker
5th International Winter School: Speech Perception and Production
American Speech Hearing Association Convention
Ultrafest VII
Ultrafest VII
Using Ultrasound Visual Biofeedback to Teach Children New Articulations
Invited speaker

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Ultrax2020: Ultrasound Technology for Optimising the Treatment of Speech Disorders
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2017 - 31-Jul-2020
Visualising Speech: Using Ultrasound Visual Biofeedback to Diagnose and Treat Speech Disorders in Children with Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
Period 17-Apr-2017 - 31-Jul-2018
Ultrasound Visual Biofeedback Treatment for Speech Sound Disorders in Children
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
Speech, Language and Communication difficulties (SLCD) are common in childhood. They pose a major challenge to society, affecting educational attainment and the social and emotional health of over one million children and young adults in the UK. The most common type of SLCD is a speech sound disorder (SSD), in which children’s speech is difficult to understand. Traditionally, interventions for SSDs rely heavily on auditory skills, in that clients must listen to their own productions and modify them using auditory cues. This is difficult for children for whom auditory skills are weak and teaching children new articulations is problematic because the target articulations are difficult to see or describe. This project will use ultrasound to image the tongue in real-time, providing children with a visual biofeedback method for remediation of previously intractable SSDs.
Period 01-May-2015 - 30-Nov-2016

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