BAppSc(Sp Path), MAppSc(Sp Path), PhD, GradCertUnit Teach Learn, CPSP, ASHA Fellow, Life Member SPA
Sharynne McLeod is a speech-language pathologist and professor of speech and language acquisition at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She has been an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Vice President of the International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association, and Elected Board Member of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP). She has received Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.
The Australian Newspaper named Professor McLeod as Australia’s Research Field Leader in Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology in 2018, 2019 and 2020 and “best in the world based on the quality, volume and impact of work” in 2019. She has won Editor’s Awards from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing: Speech (2018), the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2019), and Topics in Language Disorders (2020).
Professor McLeod is on the editorial board of International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Child Language Teaching and Therapy, Speech, Language and Hearing, Journal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech, and Advances in Communication and Swallowing. Additionally, she is Co-Chair of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech, and Deputy Chair of the Child Speech committee of the IALP, and Executive Council Member of the Asia Pacific Society for Speech, Language and Hearing.
Professor McLeod's research foregrounds the right of everyone (particularly children) to participate fully in society. In 2019, she presented a speech about communication rights at the United Nations in New York. She has provided expertise into the children and youth version of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and the Rehabilitation Competency Framework for the World Health Organization. Professor McLeod's research focuses on monolingual and multilingual children's speech acquisition. She also researches the prevalence and impact of childhood speech sound disorders and links this to policy and service delivery issues. Her Multilingual Children’s Speech website has free resources in over 60 languages.
Professor McLeod has been an invited speaker at many American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conventions as well as at conferences and universities in Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Viet Nam, UK, US and Zambia.
Professor Sharynne McLeod – Bathurst, Australia
A/Professor Jane McCormack – Sydney
Dr Kathryn Crowe – Iceland
A/Professor Sarah Verdon – Albury, Australia
Dr Suzanne C. Hopf – Fiji/Albury, Australia
Dr Sarah Masso – Sydney, Australia
Dr Ben Phạm – Viet Nam
Dr Audrey (Cen) Wang – Bathurst, Australia
Dr Michelle I. Brown – Albury, Australia
Kate Margetson – Sydney, Australia
Dr Helen L. Blake – Sydney, Australia
Dr Anna Cronin – Brisbane, Australia
Dr Nicole McGill – Shepparton, Australia
Dr Van H. Tran – Sydney, Australia
Holly McAlister – Albury, Australia
*Affiliated members undertaking PhDs in other universities
Anniek Van Doornik - University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Dr Natalie Hegarty - University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Caitlin Hurley - University of Western Australia
“An Editor’s Award is truly a high honor, with selection limited to the most impactful works that meet the highest quality standards in research design and presentation.” https://academy.pubs.asha.org/2018/09/2018-asha-journals-awards/
Professor McLeod's current teaching primarily involves supervision of higher degree research students. She was awarded the Charles Sturt Vice Chancellor's Research Higher Degree Supervision Excellence Award in 2010 and 2013. In 2007 she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for her "sustained dedication, innovation and enthusiasm in university teaching that has had local, national and international impact". Professor McLeod taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt from 2003 – 2009. From 1999-2002 Professor McLeod was involved in the development of the speech pathology program at Charles Sturt focusing on a social wellness model of health and preparing students for rural and remote workplaces. The speech pathology team was recognised for their achievements by receiving the Charles Sturt Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. Prior to this Professor McLeod taught in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Sydney for 10 years. In 1999 she received an individual award for Excellence in Teaching from The University of Sydney.
The list below is a sample of Professor McLeod's research output.
Free resources for speech-language pathologists and educators working with multilingual families in over 60 languages.