Our team

Chief Investigators

Associate Professor Miranda Rose

La Trobe University (VIC)

Associate Professor Rose is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Principle Research Fellow in speech pathology. Miranda leads the team of investigators on COMPARE. Miranda also leads a team investigating the effectiveness and size of high quality community aphasia groups in Australia. She is a chief investigator on a NHMRC funded national trial (Aphasia ASK) investigating early intervention for depression in post-stroke aphasia. Miranda is director of the La Trobe Aphasia Lab and supervises higher degree students within the discipline of Speech Pathology in the areas of aphasia and communication disability.

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Associate Professor David Copland

University of Queensland (QLD)

Associate Professor Copland is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and speech pathologist with 20 years of experience in aphasia and language disorders. David is a Chief Investigator on the COMPARE trial and the NHMRC funded study on the effectiveness of UQ Language Impairment and Function Therapy (LIFT) which is being conducted throughout south-east Queensland. He leads the University of Queensland Language Neuroscience Lab which investigates new neurobiological and behavioural treatments of aphasia and the brain mechanisms underlying aphasia recovery.

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Professor Lyndsey Nickels

Macquarie University (NSW)

Professor Nickels has over 20 years of experience as a research speech pathologist focusing on the nature, causes and treatment of language disorders.She has extensive experience in both leading and collaborating within large research teams, including NHMRC funded projects.

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Professor Leanne Togher

University of Sydney (NSW)

Professor Togher is a speech pathologist who has worked in the area of communication disorders following acquired brain injury for over 25 years. Leanne's work has focused on ways of improving the communication of people with brain injury in two ways. First, she has evaluated direct communication treatment approaches for the person with TBI. Second, she has empirically evaluated training programs for families and community agencies. Leanne has published training packages for law and justice personnel in conjunction with the Attorney General's Department of NSW.

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Associate Professor Marcus Meinzer

University of Queensland (QLD)

Associate Professor Meinzer is a full-time Principle Research Fellow at UQ's Centre for Clinical Research (ARC Future Fellow). Over the last decade, he has conducted internationally recognised studies addressing the neural underpinnings of language processing in healthy individuals and in people with aphasia. He is a lead author in CIAT therapy.

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Dr Tapan Rai

University of Technology Sydney (NSW)

Dr Rai is an experienced consulting statistician. He has provided statistical and research consultancy services to over two hundred research projects in wide variety of fields. This includes provision of advice on research design and data analysis to over a hundred higher degree by research students and early career researchers, and participation in number of competitive grant applications.

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Dr Erin Godecke

Edith Cowan University (WA)

Dr Erin Godecke holds a Senior Research Fellowship at Edith Cowan University and completed her PhD in 2009. She has been a practising speech pathologist for 19 years, working in acute stroke care and rehabilitation. Her previous work investigated therapy intensity and therapy type in very early aphasia recovery after stroke. She is the Clinical Director of the VERSE trial which is an Australian NH&MRC funded clinical trial investigating the clinical and health-economic effects of very early aphasia rehabilitation.

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COMPARE Clinical Trial Managers

Melanie HurleyMrs Melanie Hurley

La Trobe University (VIC)

Melanie is an experienced Clinical Project Manager within the healthcare sector with over 15 years' research, management and mentoring experience in pharmaceutical, device and therapy development. She has been involved in a number of large and small research projects across multiple therapeutic areas. Melanie has extensive experience managing all aspects of clinical research, including ethics: private and government based funding agencies, project management, site management, training, recruitment, protocol development and data management.

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Ms Abby Foster

La Trobe University (VIC)

Abby graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) in 2004, and since this time has worked predominantly in acute stroke units. Abby is currently completing her doctoral research through The University of Queensland. She has worked on a number of Aphasia Lab projects, including those exploring gesture in aphasic discourse, community aphasia groups, and the pilot CIAT/M-MAT project. Abby's research and clinical interests lie in the acute management of post-stroke aphasia, knowledge translation, and evidence-based practice.​

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Health Economics

Associate Professor Dominique Cadilhac

Monash University (VIC)

Associate Professor Cadilhac is the Head of the Translational Public Health Research Divsion at the Stroke and Ageing Research Centre at Monash University. She is an expert in public health research related to stroke and cardiovascular disease, particularly in the areas of health service delivery models, economic evaluation, program evaluation and chronic disease prevention. She has worked directly with non-government organisations and government to develop policy for chronic disease prevention in Australia. She has a clinical background in nursing, MPH and PhD.

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Dr Joosup Kim

Monash Univeristy (VIC)

Dr Joosup Kim is a Research Fellow at the Stroke and Ageing Research Centre at Monash University. He has a background in biomedical science and economics. He has been involved in public health research related to stroke since 2010. He recently finished his doctoral research in 2015. Since then he has been involved in several economic evaluations of interventions for people with stroke.

Associate Investigators

  • Belinda Mc Donald
  • Dominique Cadilhac
  • Gemma Pattison
  • Gudrun Barratt-Peacock
  • Kate Makin
  • John Pierce
  • Melissa Lawrie
  • Sue Lamont
  • Susan Wyatt