Linguistics and communication disorders

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Communication Disorders | Te Tari Mātai Hauora Reo serves New Zealand and the world through excellence and innovation in scholarship, teaching and public service. We educate most of the Speech and Language professionals in New Zealand and provide clinical and research training in the field of audiology. 

Researchers at the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) are dedicated to the study of human language. They come from a wide range of disciplines and are working together toward a truly unified understanding of how language is acquired, produced and understood in its social and physical contexts.

Current research being conducted at the Child Language Centre is focused on preschool and school-age children and what causes some of them to have difficulty in learning to talk. We provide research training to postgraduate students at the Master's and PhD levels and to undergraduate students who are in their final year of study.

Research strengths

Areas of current research in speech production and perception include:

  • The use of monaural, low-redundancy, low-pass filtered speech material in the assessment of Auditory Processing Disorder in the elderly
  • Diagnosis of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) in children using an Adaptive Filtered Speech Test
  • New Zealand version of the Digit Triplets Test
  • Computer-based assessment of auditory processing disorders in school-aged children: a pilot study
  • Speech understanding abilities in older adults with sensorineural hearing loss
  • Personal FM systems in children with auditory processing disorders

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Katharina Naswall

Head of Department
Professor
Psychology 221
Internal Phone: 94332

Megan McAuliffe

Professor
Communication Disorders 104
Internal Phone: 94549

Greg O'Beirne

Professor
Psychology 321
Internal Phone: 94313

Areas of current research in auditory processing include:

  • Understanding how listeners comprehend distorted speech

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Megan McAuliffe

Professor
Communication Disorders 104
Internal Phone: 94549

Greg O'Beirne

Professor
Psychology 321
Internal Phone: 94313

Areas of current research in child language development include:

  • Difficulty in learning to talk in preschool and school-age children

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Catherine Moran

Amokapua Akoranga
Assistant Vice-Chancellor
Matariki L6
Internal Phone: 94168

Jayne Newbury

Lecturer
Communication Disorders, Unit 11, Room 110
Internal Phone: 95798

Areas of current research in language, brain and behaviour include:

  • Bilingualism
  • Language acquisition
  • Language variation and change
  • Language and ageing

Research centres and groups

Researchers and supervisors

Staff actively working in these areas are:

Jeanette King

Professor / Deputy Head of School - Aotahi / Leader of the Bilingualism Theme
Te Ao Marama 158
Internal Phone: 94140

Brigid McNeill

Associate Professor
Rehua 519
Internal Phone: 93685

Megan McAuliffe

Professor
Communication Disorders 104
Internal Phone: 94549