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Professor Sheena Reilly
Professor Sheena Reilly is the former Associate Director of Clinical and Public Health and led the Hearing, Language and Literacy group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. In July 2015, Sheena became Director of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland.
Professor Reilly is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, the UK Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and of Speech Pathology Australia. She is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, University of Sydney and Visiting Professor, Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health (ICH), University of London.
Professor Reilly received her B.App.Sc (Speech & Hearing) from Curtin University and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of London. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher and clinician at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, London, before returning to Australia in 1999 and establishing a research program at MCRI focused on childhood language and literacy problems.
Professor Reilly's strengths as a teacher, clinician and researcher enable her to play a key role in the integration of research into clinical practice. She is on the editorial board of five well-respected journals.
- 2015: Fellow, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences
- 2014: Member of the NHMRC Assigners Academy
- 2013: Delivered the IJLCD Winter Lecture Series at City University London
- 2013: Member of successful tender to DEECD for the Development Evaluation Panel
- 2011: Fellow, Australian Academy of Social Sciences
- 2010: Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA)
- 2010: Visiting Fellowship, University of Newcastle
- 2009: Fellow of the UK Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT)
Professor Reilly's research program brings together a diverse group of researchers in a set of complimentary studies that focus on common childhood speech, language and literacy problems. Understanding the natural history of speech, language and literacy problems is an important goal so that knowledge about the early detection of childhood communication disorders can be improved and effective prevention and intervention programs can be developed and implemented in the community. Professor Reilly has been responsible for the generation of a substantial body of original research in childhood communication disorders and swallowing problems, as displayed by her publications and the impact these have had on clinical practice relative to her discipline and field.
Professor Reilly is the lead investigator on an NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language. This involves collaboration between a diverse range of research teams in Australia, UK and the USA.
She has taken a leadership role in evidence-based practice in speech pathology and is committed to ensuring services for children with communication disorders are underpinned by the best available evidence. She has also challenged the speech pathology profession to critically examine their practice and, from the early stages of her research career, worked to ensure that her research findings are translated into practice and policy.
- The Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS)
- ELVS Stuttering
- Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (CRE-CL)
- HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC)
Watts A, Eadie P, Block S & Reilly S. Language ability of children with and without a history of stuttering: a longitudinal study. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17(1):86-95
Reilly S, McKean C, Morgan A, Wake M. (2015) Identifying and managing common childhood language and speech impairments. BMJ (Clinical Review); 350:h2318.
Eadie P, Morgan A, Ukoumunne OC, Eecen Trofari K, Wake M, Reilly S. (2014). Speech disorders at 4 years: Prevalence, co-morbidities, and predictors in a community cohort of children. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2014 Nov 18. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12635. [Epub ahead of print]
Reilly S, Tomblin B, Law J, McKean C, Mensah F, Morgan A, Goldfeld S, Nicholson J & Wake M. (2014). Specific Language Impairment: a convenient label for whom? International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49(4), 416-541
Reilly S, Bishop DVM & Tomblin B. (2014). Terminological debate over language impairment in children: Forward movement and sticking points. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49(4), 452-462
Reilly S, Onslow M, Packman A, Cini E, Conway L, Ukoumunne O., Bavin E, Prior M, Eadie P, Block S & Wake M. (2013). Natural History of Stuttering to 4 Years of Age: A Prospective Longitudinal Community Based Study Pediatrics, 132(3): 460-467
Law J, Reilly S & Snow P. (2013). Child speech, language and communication need re-examined in a public health context: a new direction for the speech and language therapy profession. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders , 48(5): 486-496
Wake M, Tobin S, Levickis P, Gold L, Ukoumunne O, Zens N, Goldfeld S, Le H, Law J, Reilly S, (2013) Randomized trial of a population-based, home-delivered intervention for preschool language delay. Pediatrics, 132 (4), e895-904. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-3878
Reilly S, Wake M, Ukoumunne O, Bavin E, Prior M, Cini E, Conway L, Eadie P, Bretherton L (2010) Predicting language outcomes at 4 years of age: Findings from Early Language in Victoria Study. Pediatrics, 126(6): E1530-E1537. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-0254
Reilly S, Onslow M, Packman A, Wake M, Bavin E, Prior M, Eadie P, Cini E, Bolzonello C, Ukoumunne O. (2009) Predicting stuttering onset by age 3 years: a prospective community cohort study. Pediatrics, 123(1): 270-277. doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-3219
- NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (in Child Language)
- NHMRC Project Grant
- NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships
- NHMRC Partnership Grant
- Telematics Course Development Fund
- HEARing CRC Grant