May 10, 2021

University of Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship

In 2020 I was supposed to have undertaken a University of Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship (BBMDVP); however, it was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

I was really pleased to be invited to attend a University of Bristol Festival of International Research and Partnerships event this evening titled: "Welcome and Introduction to the BBMDVP Showcase". The showcase was launched by Provost Judith Squires. The BBMDVP Showcase has a range of fascinating presentations demonstrating the richness and diversity of this award:

I look forward to visiting the University of Bristol to take up my BBMDVP when I am able.

SciVal metrics for Grant Applications or Promotion

Prof Geoff Gurr and I have been nominated by the CSU library so that Steve Riddell from Elsevier can use our publication record within the "SciVal metrics for Grant Applications or Promotion" seminar. I'm looking forward to his analysis of our data. 

Session Information: Want information on how metrics can be used to support your next grant application or promotion, and where to find them? In this webinar, Steve Riddell from Elsevier, will be presenting an overview of SciVal and how to use its metrics in grant applications. SciVal is a web-based tool allows you to access the research performance of over 20,000 research institutions and their associated researchers. By using SciVal, you can easily find metrics that make you stand apart from other applicants. 

  • Tuesday 11th May 2-3.00pm 
  • Wednesday 12 May 9.30-10.30 am

SciVal analysis of Sharynne McLeod’s research 2015->2020 (11 May 2021) 

Professor Sharynne McLeod has 72 publications indexed in SCOPUS between 2015-2020 with an average of 7.5 citations per publication. Prof McLeod’s field-weighted citation impact is 2.14 which is 114% above world average*. Her h index is 30 and h-5 index is 9. 

One third (33.3%) of her publications are in the top 10% of the most cited worldwide when field weighted, and 12.5% of her outputs are the top 10% most cited worldwide. One third (33.8%) of her outputs are published in the top 10% journals based on CiteScore Percentiles. 

Almost half (48.6%) of her publications during 2015-2020 have been co-authored with researchers in other countries/regions, demonstrating a high level of commitment to international collaboration. 

Note. *Field-Weighted Citation Impact is the ratio of citations received relative to the expected world average for the subject field, publication type and publication year. The world average FWCI is 1.00.


May 7, 2021

VietSpeech data management

Today Evelyn Sowter and Katherine White worked together on systems for filing and digitising the VietSpeech data. It is an important part of research, especially since our team works from many different locations.

Evelyn Sowter in the CSU Bathurst office

May 5, 2021

The beginning of a PhD adventure

Tonight Marie Ireland met with her PhD supervisory team at Charles Sturt University for the first time. She has been offered a place in the PhD via Prior Publication program and her supervisory team will be Dr Sarah Verdon, Dr Kate Crowe and myself. Her topic will be Evaluation and Eligibility of Students with Communication Disabilities in US Public Schools: Integrating Policy, Practice and Research. Welcome Marie.

Marie, Sharynne, Kate and Sarah

Guide to authorship

From Charles Sturt University Research Bulletin Edition 86, May 2021

Guide to research Authorship 

Who is an author? 

To be recognised as an author, you have made significant intellectual or scholarly contribution to the research and its output, and you have agreed to be listed as an author. What is significant intellectual or scholarly contribution? Allowing for variations of authorship conventions across disciplines, significant intellectual or scholarly contribution constitutes two or more of the following: 

  • Conception and design of the project or output 
  • Acquisition of research data where the acquisition has required significant intellectual judgement, planning, design, or input (this does not include activities involved funding acquisition) 
  • Contribution of knowledge, where justified, including Indigenous knowledge 
  • Analysis or interpretation of research data 
  • Drafting significant parts of the research output or critically revising it so as to contribute to its interpretation. 

Meeting these criteria is the minimum threshold for authorship and it is worth noting that some journals, disciplines, and institutions require a higher threshold. 

Who is not an author? 

Authorship should not be attributed solely on the basis of the person/s: 

  • Providing funding, data, materials, infrastructure or access to equipment 
  • Providing routine technical support, technical advice or technical assistance 
  • Position or profession of an individual 
  • Being a paid or voluntary contribution status or reputation, used to elevate and promote the research without providing significant intellectual or scholarly contribution (ie ‘guest or honorary authorship’). 

Claiming, demanding, accepting or offering authorship without significant intellectual or scholarly contribution is a breach of the Code. 

What can I do? 

At the start of the research, discuss authorship with the other researchers and check in with them regularly throughout the research. If there is more than one author, an authorship agreement should be in place before the commencement of writing up the research. Agreements are available from the Research Integrity, Ethics and Compliance website.

May 4, 2021

Data analysis with Vietnamese Masters' students

Today at our supervision meeting in Vietnam we discussed the students' data analysis and how to present their data. They are doing a great job. I'm looking forward to seeing the results.


Lecture on mixed methods research in ASH505: Research Methods

Today I co-presented a lecture on mixed methods research at CSU in ASH505: Research Methods with Dr Willhemina Wahlin. It was a pleasure to describe how we used the benefits of mixed methods research to wholistically consider the nuances of home language maintenance with our Vietnamese-Australian families in the VietSpeech project.

Dr Sam Bowker, Sharynne, Dr Willhemina Wahlin

April 30, 2021

Metropolitan Paediatrics Units (MP4Kids) & Regional Paediatrics NSW (RPNSW) Conference

Our Waiting for Speech Pathology research team were invited to present a paper at the Metropolitan Paediatrics Units (MP4Kids) & Regional Paediatrics NSW (RPNSW) Conference to be held in Bathurst 29-30 April 2021. 

Our paper is titled: Waiting for Speech Pathology: Advice vs Device

MP4Kids is a clinical network representing all Level 4 paediatric units in general public hospitals, in metropolitan and outer metropolitan Sydney.
RPNSW (Regional Paediatrics NSW) is a peer-support network for regional clinicians.
Both groups comprise doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who provide care for infants, children, adolescents and their families

The conference was attended by 150 people in the room (the first face-to-face conference for some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic) as well as 90 people online.

The excellent 2-day event was packed with inspiring presentations about innovations and care for NSW's children. The event ended with Emeritus Professor Richard Henry discussing the Henry Review followed by speakers outlining the implementation plan for the 77 recommendations.

I had the opportunity to meet with many people who are working hard to support NSW's children. At the end of the conference I had a long discussion about speech pathology waiting lists with Andrew Davison, Chief Allied Health Officer, Ministry of Health.

Katrina Rohr presenting our paper based on our NSW Health Translational Research Grant

Sharynne with Katrina Rohr and Emily Davis from the speech pathology team in Bathust

Emeritus Professor Richard Henry discussing the Henry Review

Alison, Andrew Davison, Emily Davis and Sharynne after the conference

April 28, 2021

Keynote address in Salzburg, Austria in 2022

I have just accepted an invitation to present the keynote address at the ESLA Congress in Salzburg, Austria

ESLA, the European Speech and Language Therapy Association, is a pan-European umbrella organisation that includes 30 member associations across 27 countries, representing over 50,000 European SLT professionals. ESLA was, until recently, known as CPLOL.

VietSpeech team supporting the Trinh Foundation and work in Vietnam

 The Trinh Foundation has just published it's April newsletter - and members of our VietSpeech team have been featured in two of the stories

  • Kate Margetson undertook a needs assessment regarding the use of AAC in Vietnam