Professor Teresa

Professor Teresa Iacono

Professor of Rural and Regional Allied Health

College of Science, Health and Engineering

La Trobe Rural Health School

Clinical Teaching Building, Bendigo

Research centres

Living with Disability Research Centre

Qualifications

PhD., M.App.Sc. (Spe. Path.), B.App.Sc. (Spe. Path.)

Role

Academic

Membership of professional associations

ASID (Aust. Group for the Scientific Study into Intellectual Disability); IASSID (International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disability); American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; AGOSCI (Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment); ISAAC (International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication); ISAAC (Australia).

Area of study

Speech Pathology

Brief profile

With a background in Speech Pathology, Teresa's clinical and academic interests are in severe communication impairment in people with developmental disabilities, as well as health and mental health issues faced by this group. As an academic in the La Trobe Rural Health School, she also works to support local communities to meet the needs of people with disability. Current projects address strengthening disability inclusion in mainstream systems. A recently completed project addressed options for Victorian Specialist Schools becoming centres of expertise in supporting inclusion in mainstream education. Current projects are addressing the nexus between the National Disability Insurance Scheme and school allied health services in creating streamlined services for school-age children with disabilities, and hospital encounters of people with cognitive disability. Past projects have addressed services for ageing people with intellectual disability and those who care for them; Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease assessment and caring needs; non-electronic communication aids for people with complex communication needs, and for people with Autism; and preparing students and services providers to use digital literacies, particularly in delivering allied health to rural and regional communities.

Research interests

Disability

- Developmental disability; allied health services for school aged children

Rural and Regional Health

- e-health

Speech Pathology

- Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Teaching units

Teresa has developed and co-ordinates the fully on-line elective HLT1DD - Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities. She is also instance co-ordinator for HCS5EPS - Evidence Based Practice in Speech Pathology, delivered in a blended mode.

Consulting

Assessment of communication in children or adults with developmental disabilities

Recent publications

Books

Mirenda, P., & Iacono, T. (Eds.) (2009). Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes. ISBN: 13: 978-55766-953-7

Chapters in books

Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C., Trembath, D., Hudry, K., Erickson, S., & Spong, J. (2016).  Family and practitioner perspectives on telehealth for services to young children with autism. In A. Maeder, K. Ho, A. Marcelo, & J. Warren (Eds.), Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (ebook) (pp 63-73). eISBN: 978-1-61499-712-2 ISBN 978-1-61499-711-5 Doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-712-2-63

Iacono, T., & Bigby, C. (2016).  The health inequalities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Strategies for change. In P. Liamuttong (Ed.). Public Health: Local and Global Perspectives (pp. 294-312). London: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-55959-2.

Trembath, D. & Iacono, T. (2016). Standardized assessment of prelinguistic communication. In D. Keen, N. Brady, H. Meadan, & J. Halle (Eds.), Prelinguistic communication in autism spectrum disorders (pp. 75-100) Springer Books. ISBN 978-981-10-0711-8 DOI 10.1007/978-10-0713-2

Iacono, T. & Johnson, H. (2015). The role of AAC in fostering the inclusion of adults with Angelman’s syndrome in post-school, home and community settings. In Calculator (Ed.), Angelman Syndrome: Communication, educational and related considerations (pp. 285-315). Bentham Publishers. eISBN: 978-1-68108-116-8, 2015; ISBN: 978-1-68108-117-5; DOI: 10.2174/97816810811681150101

Iacono, T. & Cologon, K. (2014). Inclusion of children through AAC supports. In K. Cologon (Ed.). Inclusive education in the early years (pp. 461-481). Melbourne: Oxford Press. ISBN: 9780195597011

Carling-Jenkins, R., Bigby, C., Iacono, T., (2014). The experiences of families. In K Watchman, Learning disability and dementia: Research into practice. London: Jessica Kingsley

 Iacono, T.  & Caithness, T. (2009). Assessment issues. In P. Mirenda & T. Iacono (Eds.), Autism spectrum disorders and AAC  (pp. 23-48). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.  ISBN: 13: 978-55766-953-7

 Iacono, T., Johnson, H., & Forster, S. (2009). Supporting the participation of adolescents and adults with complex communication needs. In P. Mirenda & T. Iacono (Eds.), Autism spectrum disorders and AAC  (pp. 443-474). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes. ISBN: 13: 978-55766-953-7

Journal Articles

Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C., Hudry, K., Trembath, D., Erickson, S. & Spong, J. (2017) Translating research into practice in low-resource settings: An Australian case study of early autism service provision in a regional town. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 1-9. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2017.1310819.

Logan, K., Iacono, T., & Trembath, D. (2016). A systematic review of aided AAC to increase social-communication functions in children with autism spectrum disorder. Augmentative & Alternative Communication. Doi: 10.1080/07434618.2016.1267795.

Iacono, T., Stagg, K., Pearce, N., & Hulme-Chambers, A. (2016). A scoping review of Australian allied health research in ehealth. BMC Health Services Research, 16:543.  DOI 10.1186/s12913-016-1791-x

Iacono, T., Trembath, D., & Erickson, S. (2016). The role of augmentative and alternative communication for children with autism: Current status and future trends. Invited paper for Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatments. Epub doi: https://www.dovepress.com/article_29030.t60029005

Bould, E., Beadle-Brown, J., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T. (2016). Measuring practice leadership in supported accommodation services for people with intellectual disability: Comparing staff–rated and observational measures. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, ePub http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.125946.

Bould, E., Beadle-Brown, J., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T. (2016, EOL). The role of practice leadership in active support: impact of practice leaders' presence in supported accommodation services. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities. Doi: 10.1080/20473869.2016.1229524

Iacono, T., Evans, E., Davis, A., Bhardwaj, A., Turner, B., Torr, J., & Trollor, J. (2016). Family caring of older adults with intellectual disability and coping according to loci of responsibility. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2016.07.004

Trollor, J. N,. Eagleson, C., Ruffell, B., Salomon, C., Cashin, A., Iacono, T., Goddard, L., & Lennox, N. (2016). Intellectual disability health content within nursing curriculum: An audit of what our future nurses are taught. Nurse Education Today, 45, 72-79. doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2016.06.011

Trollor, J. N,. Ruffell, B., Tracy, J., Torr, J.,., Durvasula, S., Iacono, T., Eagleson, C., & Lennox, N. (2016). Intellectual disability health content within medical curriculum: An audit of what our future doctors are taught. BMC Medical Education, 16 (105). DOI 10.1186/s12909-016-0625-1.

Johnson, H., Iacono, T., Bigby, C., Douglas, J., & Katthagen, S. (2016). Increasing day service staff capacity to facilitate positive relationships with people with severe intellectual disability: Evaluation of a new intervention using Multiple Baseline Design. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (accepted 14th March, 2016).

Koritsas, S., & Iacono, T. (2016). Weight, nutrition, food choice, and physical activity in adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60 (4), 355-364. Doi: 10.1111/jir.12254.

Koritsas, S., & Iacono, T. (2015). Predictors of challenging behaviour in adults with intellectual disability. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 9(6), 312-326. DOI 10.1108/AMHID-06-2015-0029

Trembath, D., Vivanti, G., Dissanayake, C., & Iacono, T. (2015). Accurate or assumed: Visual learning in children with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(10), 3276-3287.  DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2488-4

Chitty, K., Evans, E., Torr, J., Iacono, T., Brodaty, H., Sachdev, P., & Trollor, J. (2015). Central nervous system medication polypharmacy in older adults with intellectual disability: results from the Successful Ageing in Intellectual Disability (Sage-ID) study. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 1-1.  DOI: 10.1177/0004867415587951Joginder Singh, S., Iacono, T. & Gray, K. (2015). Interactions between pre-symbolic children with developmental disabilities and their mothers and siblings. International Journal of Language and  Communication Disorders,  50 (2), 204-214. DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12128.

Joginder Singh, S., Iacono, T. & Gray, K. (2014). An investigation of the intentional communication and symbolic play skills of children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy in Malaysia. Journal of Early Intervention, 36(2), 71-89.  DOI: 10.1177/1053815114562044.

Iacono, T. (2014). What it means to have complex communication needs. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 1(1), 82-85. Doi: 10.1080/23297018.2014.908814

Schlosser, R., Balandin, S., Hemsley, B., Iacono, T., Probst, P., & von Tetzchner, S. (2014). Facilitated communication and authorship: A systematic review. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 30(4), 359-368. DOI: 10.3109/07434618.2014.971490.

Iacono, T., Bigby, C., Unsworth, C., Douglas, J., & Fitzpatrick, P. (2014). A systematic review of hospital experiences of people with intellectual disability. BMC Health Services Research, 14, 505. Doi:10.1186/s12913-014-0505-5.

Yin Tan, X., Trembath, D., Bloomberg, K., Iacono, T., & Caithness, T. (2014). Acquisition and generalisation of key word signing by three children with autism. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 17(2), 12-136. Doi: 10.3109/17518423.2013.863236

Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2014). The nature of affect attunement used by disability support workers interacting with adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58 (12), 1105-1120. Doi: 10.1111/jir.12103

Iacono, T., Bigby, C., Carling-Jenkins, R., & Torr, J. (2014). “Taking each day as it comes”: Staff experiences of supporting people with Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease in group homes.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58 (6), 521-533.  Doi: 10.1111/jir.12048.

Trembath, D., Iacono, T., Lyon, K., West, D., & Johnson, H. (2014). Augmentative and Alternative Communication supports for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism, 18(8), 891-902. DOI: 10.1177/1362361313486204

Iacono, T., Lyon, K., West, D., & Johnson, H. (2013). Experiences of adults with complex communication  needs receiving and using low tech AAC: An Australian Context. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 8(5), 392-401. Doi: 10.3109/17483107.2013.769122

Koritsas, S., & Iacono, T. (2013, Early on Line). Psychometric comparison of the Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS) and the Questions About Behavioural Function (QABF). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (JIDR). Vol 57 (8) 747-757  Doi: 10.1111/jir.1202

Iacono, T., & Carling-Jenkins, R. (2012). The human rights context for ethical requirements for involving people with intellectual disability in medical research. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56 (Part II), 1122-1132. Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01617.x

Koritsas, S. &  Iacono, T.  (2012). Challenging behaviour and associated risk factors: an overview (part I). Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities,  6(4) 199 – 214. Doi: 10.1108/20441281211236643

Koritsas, S. &  Iacono, T.  (2012). Challenging behaviour: the causes (part II). Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities,  6(5) 236-248. Doi: 10.1108/2044128121126112

Johnson, H., Watson, J., Iacono, T., Bloomberg, K., & West, D. (2012). Assessing communication in people with severe-profound disabilities: Co-constructing competence. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 14 (2), 64-68.

Johnson, H., Douglas, J., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T. (2012). A model of processes that underpin positive relationships for people with severe intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 37(4), 324-336. DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2012.732221

Koritsas, S., Iacono, T., & Davis, R. (2012). Australian general practitioner uptake of a remunerated medicare health assessment for people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 37(2), 151-154.  DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2012.676636.

Johnson, H., Douglas, J., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T. (2012). Social interaction with adults with severe intellectual disabilities: Having fun and hanging out. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 25, 329-341. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00669.x

Carling-Jenkins, R., Torr, J., Iacono, T., & Bigby, C. (2012). Experiences of supporting people with Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease in aged care and family environments. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 37 (1), 30-40. DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2011.645473

Johnson, H., Douglas, J., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T. (2011). The challenges and benefits of using participant observation to understand the social interaction of adults with intellectual disabilities. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 27(4): 267–278. DOI: 10.3109/07434618.2011.587831

Iacono, T., Lyon, K., & West, D. (2011). Non-electronic communication aids for people with complex communication needs. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology,  13 (5), 399-410. DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2011.4821628252

Joginder Singh, S., Iacono, T., & Gray, K. (2011). A comparison of Malaysian and Australian speech-language pathologists' practices with children with developmental disabilities who are pre-symbolic. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 13(5), 389-398. Doi: 10.3109/17549507.2011.603429

Koritsas, S., & Iacono, T. (2011) Secondary conditions in People with Developmental Disability. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 116 (1), 36-47. DOI: 10.1352/1944-7558-116.1.36

 

 

 

Older publications

Iacono, T. (2010). Addressing increasing demand on Australian disability support workers. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 35 (4), 290-295. DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2010.510795

Bloomberg, K., West, D., Johnson, H., & Iacono, T. (2009). The Triple C: Checklist of Communicative Competencies: Assessment manual and CD Rom (Revised Edition). Melbourne: Communication Resource Centre.

Hagiliassis, N., DiMarco, M., Gulbenkoglu, H., Iacono, T., Larkin, H., & Watson, J. (2005). The Bridging Project: Physical disability and mental health. InPsych, 27 (4), 22-24.

Hagiliassis, N., DiMarco, M., Gulbenkoglu, H., Iacono, T., & Watson, J. (2006). Beyond speech alone: Guidelines for practitioners providing counselling services to clients with disabilities and complex communication needs. Melbourne: Scope (Vic). Ltd.

Iacono, T., Lewis, B., Tracy, J., Hicks, S., Morgan, P., Récoché, K., & MacDonald, R. (2011). DVD-Based Stories of People with Developmental Disabilities as Resources for Inter-Professional Education. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33 (12), 1010-1021. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2010.520802.

Johnson, H., Douglas, J., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T. (2010). The pearl in the middle. A case study of social interactions in an individual with a severe intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 35 (3), 175-186. DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2010.501026.

Iacono, T., Torr, J., & Yi Wong, H. (2010). Relationships amongst age, language and related skills in adults with Down syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31, 568-576. Doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2009.12.009

Moyle, J., Iacono, T., & Liddell, J. (2010). Knowledge and Perceptions of Newly Graduated Medical Practitioners in Malaysia of their role in Medical Care of people with developmental disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 7 (2), 85-95. (Published online). Doi: 10.1111/j.1741-1130.2010.00252.x

Iacono, T. & Cameron, M. (2009). Australian Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceptions and Experiences of Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Early Childhood Intervention. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 25 ,(4) 236-249. Doi: 10.3109/07434610903322151 .

Koritsas, S., & Iacono, T. (2009). Limitations in life participation and independence due to secondary conditions. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 114, (6) 437-448. Doi: 10.1352/1944-7588-114.6.437

Iacono, T., Tracy, J. Keating, J., & Brown, T. (2009). The Interaction with Disabled Persons scale: Revisiting its internal consistency and factor structure, and examining item-level properties. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30, 1490-1501.   Doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2009.07.010.

Johnson, H., Douglas, J., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T. (2009). Maximising community inclusion through mainstream communication services for adults with severe disabilities. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 11, 180-190.   Doi:10.1080/17549500902825265

Chew, K.L., Iacono, T., Tracy, J. (2009). Overcoming communication barriers: Working with patients with intellectual disabilities. Australian Family Physician, 39, 10-14.  PMID:22731973

Iacono, T., Johnson, H., Bloomberg, K., & West, D. (2009). Reliability and validity of the revised Triple C: Checklist of Communicative Competencies for adults with severe and multiple disabilities, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 53, 44-53.   Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01121.x

Tracy, J., Williams, B., Iacono, T., Galea, J., Hanson, S., Brack, C., Burbidge, M. (2008). Health and disability – interprofessional education of healthcare students. Journal of Interprofessional Care, Vol 22. (5) 549-551. Doi: 10.1080/13561820802038906

Forster, S., Iacono, T., Bloomberg, K., & Bryce, R. (2008). Adults with severe intellectual disability: Communication partners and modes. Australian Communication Quarterly (JCPSLP), 10, 89-91.

Torr, J., Iacono, T., Graham, M., & Galea, J. (2008). Checklists for general practitioner diagnosis of depression in adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52, 930-941. 

Johnson, H., Bloomberg, K., & Iacono, T. (2008). Student and professional attitudes and interests in working with people with complex communication needs. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 10, (5) 286-296.  Doi:10.1080/14417040701689329

Tracy, J., Iacono, T.  (2008) People with developmental disabilities teaching  medical students: Does it make a difference? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 33, (4) 345-348.   Doi: 10.1080/13668250802478633

Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2008). Disability support workers’ experience of interaction with a person with profound intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 33, (2) 137-147Doi: 10.1080/13668250802094216

Koritsas, S., Iacono, T., Hamilton, D., & Leighton, D. (2008). The effect of Active Support training on engagement, opportunities for choice, challenging behaviour and support needs. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 33, 247-256 

Forster, S., & Iacono, T. (2007). Perceptions of communication before and after a speech pathology intervention for an adult with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 32, 302-314.

Iacono, T., Johnson, H., Humphreys, J., & McAllister, L. (2007). Recruitment of speech pathologists into positions considered less attractive. Advances in Speech-Language Pathology, 9, 1-9.

Di Marco, M., & Iacono, T. (2007). Mental health assessment and intervention for people with complex communication needs associated with developmental disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 4, 40-59.

Iacono, T., & Sutherland, G. (2006). Health screening and developmental disability. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabiliies, 3 (3), 155-163. 

Iacono, T. (2006). Ethical challenges and complexities of including people with intellectual disability as participants in research. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 31, 173-179. (Invited paper).

Iacono, T. (2006). Further comments on the researched, researchers and ethics committees: A response. (Invited Response). Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability,31, 189-191.

Iacono, T., Bloomberg, K., & West, D. (2005). A preliminary investigation into the internal consistency and construct validity of the Triple C: Checklist of Communicative Competencies. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 30, 127-138.

Hamilton, D., Sutherland, G., & Iacono, T. (2005). Further examination of relationships between life events and psychiatric symptoms in adults with developmental disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49, 839-844.

Iacono, T. (2004) Accessible word reading intervention for people with complex communication needs: A work in progress. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 20, 179-190.

Galea, J., Butler, J., Iacono, T., & Leighton, D. (2004). The assessment of sexual knowledge in people with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 29, 250-265.

Iacono, T., & Johnson, H. (2004). People with disabilities and complex communication needs. Australian Family Physician, 33 (8), 585-589.  

Iacono, T., & Cupples, L. (2004). Assessment of the phonological awareness and word reading skills of people with complex communication needs. Journal of Speech-Language Hearing Research, 47, 437-449.

Iacono, T., Humphreys, J., Davis, R, & Chandler, N. (2004). Health care needs of Victorian country people with developmental disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 25 (3), 265-284.  

Iacono, T., Davis, R., Humphreys, J,. & Chandler, N. (2003). Health care priorities for people with developmental disability living in metropolitan and non-metropolitan Victoria: Perspectives of general practitioners and support people. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 28 (4), 353-368.  

Bloomberg, K., West, D., & Iacono T. (2003) Picture IT: an evaluation of a training program for carers of adults with severe and multiple disabilities. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 28(3): 260-282.  

Iacono, T., & Davis, R. (2003). Experiences of people with developmental disability in hospital wards and emergency departments. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 24 (4): 247-264.  

Taylor, R., & Iacono, T.  (2003). AAC and scripting activities to facilitate communication and play. Advances in Speech Language Pathology, 5 (2): 79-93.  

Iacono, T., & Murray, V. (2003). Issues of informed consent in conducting medical research involving people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 15, 41-52.  

Sutherland, G., Couch, M., & Iacono, T. (2002). Health Issues in Developmental Disability. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 23, 422-445.  

Carter, M. & Iacono, T. (2002). Professional judgments of the intentionality of communicative acts. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 18, 177-191.  

Cupples, L., & Iacono, T. (2002). The efficacy of 'whole word' versus 'analytic' reading instruction for children with Down syndrome.  Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 15, 549-574.

Iacono, T., Balandin, S., & Cupples, L. (2001). Focus group discussions of literacy assessments and web-based reading interventions.  Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 17, 27-36.  

Chan, J., & Iacono, T. (2001). Gesture and word production in children with Down syndrome. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 17, 73-87.  

Cupples, L., & Iacono, T. (2000). Phonological awareness and oral reading skill in children with Down syndrome.  Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 43, 595-608.  

Iacono, T. (1999). Language intervention in early childhood. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 46, 383-420. Balandin, S., &

Iacono, T. (1999). Crews, wusses and whoppas: The core and fringe vocabulary of Australian mealtime conversations. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 15, 95-109.  

Iacono, T. (1998). Analysis of the phonological skills of children with Down syndrome. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 45, 57-74.  

Iacono, T., Carter, M., & Hook, J. (1998). The identification of intentional communication in children with severe and multiple disabilities. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 14, 102-114.  

Iacono, T., Chan, J., & Waring, R. (1998). Efficacy of a parent-implemented early language intervention based on collaborative consultation. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 33, 281-304.   

Balandin, S., & Iacono, T. (1998). A few well chosen words. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 14, 147-161.  

Balandin, S., & Iacono, T. (1998). AAC and Australian Speech Pathologists: A report on a national survey. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 14, 239-250.   Balandin, S., & Iacono, T. (1998). Topics of mealbreak conversations. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 14, 131-146.  

Iacono, T., Waring, R., & Chan, J. (1996). Sampling communicative behaviours in children with intellectual disability in structured and unstructured situations. European Journal of Disorders of Communication, 31 (12), 417-431.  

Iacono, T. & Duncum, J. (1995). A comparison of sign alone and in combination with an electronic communication device in early language intervention: A case study. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 11, 249-259.  

Iacono, T., Balandin, S., MacAllister, L., & Cairns, S. (1994). Communication assessment camps for young adults with developmental delay and their caregivers. Australian Journal of Human Communication Disorders, 22, 40-56.  

Iacono, T., Mirenda, P., & Beukelman, D. (1993). A comparison of unimodal and multimodal augmentative communication language interventions for children with intellectual disabilities. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 9, 83-94.  

Sigafoos, J., & Iacono, T. (1993). Augmentative communication systems for learners with severe handicaps: High versus low technology options. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Developmental Disabilites, 18, 133-146.  

Iacono, T. (1992). Augmented communicators and individual differences in language learning. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 8, 33-40.   Parsons, C., & Iacono, T. (1992). Phonological abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. Australian Journal of Human Communication Disorders, 20, 31-46.  

Dodd, B., & Iacono, T. (1991). Reply to Costello Ingham and Saben's comments on phonological disorders in children: Changes in phonological process use during treatment. British Journal of Disorders of Communication, 26 (2), 249-252.  

Mirenda, P., Iacono, T., & Williams, R. (1990). Augmentative and alternative communication for individuals with severe intellectual handicaps: State-of-the-art. Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 15, 3-21.  

Research projects

Iacono, T., Keeffe, M., McKinstry, C., Hyett, N., Landry, O., & Bagley, K. (2017-2018). Co-designing on-line modules to strengthen the capacity of mainstream schools to make accommodations through collaboration with allied health to meet the developmental, functional, educational and psychosocial needs of children with disability. NDIS ILC Readiness Grant. $167,102. (2017-2018, 12 months).

Trembath, D., & Tucker, M. (Lead Investigators). Iacono, T. – one of 9 academic co-investigators. Supporting best practice in the assessment and intervention of minimally verbal children with ASD. Department of Social Services, $232,821 (2017-18)

Iacono, T., Keeffe, M., Kenny, A., & Snow, P. Development of options to enable specialist schools to become “Centres of Expertise” to support local mainstream schools to implement inclusive education. Principals’ Association of Specialist Schools Victoria, Inc. $89,927 (2016-2017, 5 months).

K. Hudry, K., Barbaro, J., Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C., Slonims, V.,  Green, J. & Whitehouse, A. Randomised-Controlled Trial of Very Early Intervention for Infants at Risk for Autism: Establishing a Melbourne-Based Site. LTU Understanding Disease RFA Partnership Grant, $100,000, (2016).

K. Hudry, K., Barbaro, J., Iacono, T., Dissanayake, C., Slonims, V.,  Green, J. & Whitehouse, A. Controlled Trial of a Parent-Mediated Therapy for Infants Showing Early Signs of Autism. Autism CRE, $130,000 (2016-2017).

Bigby, C., Iacono, T., Douglas, J., Trollor, J., Tracy, J., Shields, N. Enabling mainstream systems to be more inclusive and responsive to people with disabilities. National Disability Research and Development Grant $292,000 (2015-2017, 2 years).

Douglas, J., Bigby, C., & Iacono, T., Calloway, L., & Knox, L. Maximising social connection and building relationships in the community: Evaluation of a Multi-component Community Connection program (M-ComConnect) for people with severe TBI. Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), $596,177 (2015-2018, 3.5 years).

Kenny, A., Iacono, T., & Hannon, JCapabilities for Ehealth Education: Developing undergraduate digital literacies for health professionals. Office of Teaching & Learning Seed Funding, $50,000 (2015).

Trollor, J., Evans, E., Iacono, T., Torr, J., Brodaty, H., Sachdev, P., Goodenough, B., & Crawford, J. (CIs). Promoting healthy ageing in people with intellectual disability. Dementia Collaboratives Research Centres, $79,786 (2014-2015).

Bigby, C., Iacono, T, Beadle Brown, J. (CIs), Enabling engagement and inclusion: Organisational factors that embed active support in accommodation services for people with intellectual disability. ARC Linkage LP130100189 $261,933 (A) 2013-2016 – 3 years).

Bigby, C., Iacono, T., Douglas, J., Winkler, W., & Callaway, L. (CIs).  Developing and maintaining person centred active support (PCAS): A demonstration project in supported accommodation for people with neurotrauma.  Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR). Project H-13-093,  $270,732. 2014-2017 (2.5 years).

Iacono, T., Hudry, K., Hulme Chambers, A., Erickson, S., & Trembath, D. Translating autism research excellence to a regional service through telehealth. Building Healthy Communities La Trobe University. $30,000 (A). 2014-2015 (1 year). 

Bigby, C., Iacono, T., Douglas, J., & Johnson, H. Improving staff capacity to support relationships for people with severe intellectual disability. Translating a theoretical model into an evidence based intervention. National Disability Research and Development Grant - $100,000 (A). 2013-2014