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. 


Using ultrasound tongue imaging to support the phonetic transcription of childhood speech sound disorders
Sugden Eleanor, Cleland Joanne
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics (2021)
Quantifying changes in ultrasound tongue-shape pre- and post-intervention in speakers with submucous cleft palate : an illustrative case study
Roxburgh Zoe, Cleland Joanne, Scobbie James M, Wood Sara
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, pp. 1-19 (2021)
Automatic audiovisual synchronisation for ultrasound tongue imaging
Eshky Aciel, Cleland Joanne, Ribeiro Manuel Sam, Sugden Eleanor, Richmond Korin, Renals Steve
Speech Communication Vol 132, pp. 83-95 (2021)
The dorsal differentiation of velar from alveolar stops in typically developing children and children with persistent velar fronting
Cleland Joanne, Scobbie James M
Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research Vol 64, pp. 2347-2362 (2021)
Using ultrasound tongue imaging to analyse maximum performance tasks in children with autism : a pilot study
McKeever Louise, Cleland Joanne, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics (2021)
Ultrasound tongue imaging
Cleland Joanne
Manual of Clinical Phonetics (2021) (2021)

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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 in the Speech Therapy Clinic
Using Ultrasound Tongue Imaging to Reveal Motor Speech Difficulties in Children with a History ofPhonological Disorders.
PhD External Examiner
International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association Conference
Italian Association of Applied Linguistics
Keynote/plenary speaker
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference
Member of programme committee

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Speech Therapy Animation and imaging Resource (STAR)
Cleland, Joanne (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-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-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
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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Speech and Language Therapy
Graham Hills Building

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