Researcher biography

Interest in developmental and acquired communication disorders in children and the development of screening tools to identify early which children are most vulnerable to language difficulties

Dr Lewis has a research interest in both developmental and acquired disorders of communication. Her PhD, undertaken at the University of Queenland, examined how best to conceptualise autism spectrum disorder through an examination of language skills associated with the presentation. Earlier, her Honours research investigated language associated with Parkinson's disease. Dr Lewis returned to the University of Queensland in 2008 as a full-time researcher. Her current research interests encompass behavioural and neurophysiological investigations of language skill development following cancer treatments, acquired brain injury, and inherited/metabolic disorders such as galactosaemia.

Dr Lewis was co-leader of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences' "Healthy Start to Life" Research Theme from 2012-2015 and is a member of the Paediatric Communication Research Group, a cross-disciplinary group of like-minded researchers from within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is a member of the SHRS Professional Educator Research Theme group and is a member of the School's Speech Pathology Pedagogy group for the 2017+ Program Curriculum Review.

She lectures predominantly in the paediatric field to undergraduate and master's entry students in Speech Pathology and has given guest lectures on research methodology in health sciences. She is a Clinical Educator supervising students on clinical placement at the UQ Heatlh Clinics (Speech Pathology).