Speakers

The Conference Planning Committee (CPC) is pleased to announce that the keynotes speakers have advised they will be available for the new conference dates.

Keynote Speakers

Julie Dockrell (FRCSLT, FAcSS) is Professor of Psychology and Special Needs at the UCL, Institute of Education and qualified as both a clinical and educational psychologist. Her research interests are in patterns of language development and the ways in which oral language skills impact on children’s learning, interaction and attainments. A central theme in this research has been the application of evidence-based research to support children’s learning.

Julie has published in a wide range of journals and written books and book chapters on language development and language difficulties. She was the previous editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology, associate editor for JSLHR and Learning and Instruction. She was a co-director of the Better Communication Research Programme, UK.

Julie is currently PI on a research programme examining universal language support for nursery aged children in areas of social disadvantage.

Kathryn M. Yorkston, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle.  She also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences.

Kathryn has a long history of clinical research and publication in acquired neurologic communication disorders in adults.  She is past-president of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS).  She has authored two texts, Management of Speech and Swallowing in Degenerative Diseases and Management of Motor Speech Disorders in Children and Adults.

Kathryn is currently a member of the core faculty of doctoral program in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Washington.

The CPC is pleased to announce that Professor Gail Gillon is the recipient of the 2020-21 Grace Gane Memorial Award

Professor Gail Gillon (Ngāi Tahu iwi)  is the Director of the University of Canterbury Child Well-being Research Institute and  is also a Co-Director of the Better Start National Science Challenge ($34M), A ten year programme of research focused on ensuring all young children have a successful start to life. Gail’s area of research focuses on understanding the relationship between spoken and written language development and, in particular, the importance of children’s phonological awareness to early reading and spelling success.

Her background is in speech and language therapy and education. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Canterbury for over 20 years and has held several leadership positions including the Dean of Science, Dean of Education, and Pro-Vice Chancellor, of the College of Education Health and Human Development  a position she held for eleven years. She has published extensively in the area of the effectiveness of phonological awareness interventions in facilitating early literacy success in children who enter school with known challenges for learning including those with speech and language difficulties.

Gail was made a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2007 for recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field including winning the ASHA’s Editor Award for research article of highest merit on three occasions.  She was made a life member of the New Zealand Speech Language Therapy Association in 2018 . Gail has been an advisor to the New Zealand Government through several committees and advisory groups including recently being a member of the Prime Minister’s reference group for our country’s first Child and Youth Well-being strategy.