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. 


Systematic review of ultrasound visual biofeedback in intervention for speech sound disorders
Sugden Eleanor, Lloyd Susan, Lam Jenny, Cleland Joanne
International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders Vol 54, pp. 705-728 (2019)
Ultrasound visual biofeedback in the clinical management of speech sound disorders
Sugden Eleanor, Cleland Joanne
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' National Conference (2019)
Developing an ultrasound visual-biofeedback service for the treatment of speech sound disorders within a rural clinical setting
Schoepfer Christine, Sugden Eleanor, Cleland Joanne, Roxburgh Zoe, Loggie Jean, Godfrey Tasmin, Brander Emma
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' National Conference (2019)
Using ultrasound to treat speech sound disorders
Sugden Eleanor, McCabe Patricia, Cleland Joanne
Speech Pathology Australia and New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association Joint Conference (2019)
The impact of real-time articulatory information on phonetic transcription : ultrasound-aided transcription in cleft lip and palate speech
Cleland Joanne, Lloyd Susan, Campbell Linsay, Crampin Lisa, Palo Juha-Pertti, Sugden Eleanor, Wrench Alan, Zharkova Natalia
Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica (2019)
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 Vol 54, pp. 234-248 (2019)

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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

Using Ultrasound Tongue Imaging to Teach Children with Speech Disorders New Articulations
Engage with Strathclyde 2019
Covert Contrast and Covert Error in Children with Speech Sound Disorders: Evidence from Ultrasound Tongue Imaging.
Child Speech Disorder Research Network (External organisation)
International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association (External organisation)
Science Lates

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Ultrax2020: Ultrasound Technology for Optimising the Treatment of Speech Disorders
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020
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
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.
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2016

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