Samantha Siyambalapitiya

Samantha Siyambalapitiya

Dr Siyambalapitiya’s research focuses on understanding and managing communication disability in clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including multilingual speakers. The scope of this research currently includes: (1) exploring key stakeholder perspectives to improve health outcomes for these populations; (2) developing evidence-based, model-driven interventions for bilingual aphasia within a clinical context and (3) investigating speech pathology service delivery to specific populations (e.g., Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults). Her work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals; she has succeeded in obtaining competitive research funding as a chief investigator and is currently supervising several doctoral candidates. Although in the early stages of her career, she is an internationally recognised researcher in a highly specialised field and is a member of the advisory board of an international, interdisciplinary collaboration targeting neurorehabilitation of communication disorder in multilingual/multi-ethnic populations.

Publications since 2016

Munro, P., & Siyambalapitiya, S. (2016). Improved word comprehension in Global aphasia using semantic feature analysis. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics31(2), 119-136.

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