Associate Professor | Principal Research Fellow | Speech Pathologist
Miranda is the Director of the Aphasia Lab. She is a Principal Research Fellow and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at La Trobe University. Miranda's research interests concern finding effective treatments and management strategies for aphasia.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from Lincoln Institute in 1981, Miranda worked in acute and rehabilitation hospitals in regional and metropolitan Victoria. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Neuropsychology before starting her academic career at La Trobe University in 1987, working in the areas of acquired neurological disorders and clinical education.
Her PhD, completed in 2002 and supervised by Professor Jacinta Douglas, involved a cognitive neuropsychological study of the comparative efficacy of gesture and verbal treatments for post stroke aphasia. Miranda was the senior research fellow in the NHMRC funded Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation (2010-14) and now directs the NHMRC funded COMPARE trial.
Miranda has over:
- 80 peer-reviewed publications
- 23 invited key note workshops and presentations
- 80 conference presentations
- over $4 million of competitive research grant income as Chief Investigator.
Miranda collaborates with aphasia researchers from Australia, the USA, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands on large-scale aphasia intervention projects. Miranda is committed to helping to develop the next generation of excellent aphasia researchers. The Aphasia Lab is a key strategy towards achieving that goal.