Evidence and research


Research articles, collections and other resources to inform on the evidence-base and scholarship around all aspects of diversity, including clinical issues, the speech and language therapy profession, inclusive research methods, health inequality and anti-racism.

Journal articles

SLT workforce and curriculum

  • Brewer, KM and McCann, CM. (2020). Perceptions of cultural competence in the New Zealand speech-language therapy profession. Speech, Language and Hearing, DOI: 10.1080/2050571X.2020.1808345
  • Clark, EL, Easton, C. & Verdon, S. (2020). The impact of linguistic bias upon speech-language pathologists’ attitudes towards non-standard dialects of English. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, DOI: 10.1080/02699206.2020.1803405.
  • Lee, M., Walter, J. & Hewat, S. (2020) The Impact of an Online Cultural Simulation Activity on the Development of Speech Pathology Students’ Cultural Empathy: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, 8 (2), 16-28.
  • Mahendra, N. (2019) Integrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues Into the Multicultural Curriculum in Speech-Language Pathology: Instructional Strategies and Learner Perceptions. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 4(2), pp.384-394.
  • Staley, B., Hickey, E.,  Rule, D., Barrett, H., Salter, C., Gibson, R. & Rochus, D. (2020). Speech-language pathology and ethical practice in global contexts. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2020.1743358.
  • Subramanian, A. (2020). Importance of Cultural Competence in Supervisory Relationships. ASHA Perspectives, 5 (2), 489-491

Working with diverse populations

  • Burns, A. & Radford, J. (2008) Parent—child interaction in Nigerian families: conversation analysis, context and culture. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 24, 193 – 209.
  • Digard, B., Sorace, A., Stanfield, A. and Fletcher-Watson, S. (2020). Bilingualism in autism: Language learning profiles and social experiences. Autism, p.136236132093784.
  • Ebert, K. D. (2017) Convergence between parent report and direct assessment of language and attention in culturally and linguistically diverse children. PLoS One, 12 (7), e0180598.
  • Gréaux, M., Katsos, N. & Gibson, J. (2020). Recognising and protecting the communication rights of autistic children. Languages, Society & Policy. Online.
  • Hall, K. and Johnson, L. (2020). The Three CCC’s of Dysphagia Management: Culturally Competent Care. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, pp.1-6.
  • Parveen, S., & Santhanam, S. Priya. (2020). Speech-Language Pathologists’ Perceived Competence in Working With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Clients in the United States. Communication Disorders Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525740120915205
  • McLeod, S. (2020) Intelligibility in Context Scale: cross-linguistic use, validity, and reliability. Speech, Language and Hearing, 23 (1), 9-16.
  • Stankova, M. et al (2020) Cultural and Linguistic Practice with Children with Developmental Language Disorder: Findings from an International Practitioner Survey. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica. doi: 10.1159/000511903
  • Tan-McGrory, A., Madu, A. O., Kenst, K. S. & Betancourt, J. R. (2020). Engaging Patients from Diverse Backgrounds in Healthcare Treatment. In: The Wiley Handbook of Healthcare Treatment Engagement: theory, research and clinical practice. (eds Handler, Al. Sutton, S. Osterberg, L.). https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119129530.ch18
  • Whiteside, K.E., Norbury, C. F. (2017) The Persistence and Functional Impact of English Language Difficulties Experienced by Children Learning English as an Additional Language and Monolingual Peers. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 60 (7), 2014-2030.

Inclusive research methodology

  • Jones, K. C. (2020) Bridging the Research Gap: A Toolkit on Inclusive Research and Development Practices. Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Online. Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep24850 <Accessed 17 Dec 2020>
  • Levinson, M. P (2020). The Quest for Genuinely Participatory and Inclusive Research Approaches: Exploring and Expressing Experience Through Cultural Animation and Transcription Poetry. International review of Qualitative Research, 13 (2), https://doi.org/10.1177/1940844720934372.
  • Roche, P., Shimmin, C., Hickes, S., Khan, M., Sherzoi, O., Wicklund, E., Lavoie, J., Hardie, S., Wittmeier, K. and Sibley, K. (2020). Valuing All Voices: refining a trauma-informed, intersectional and critical reflexive framework for patient engagement in health research using a qualitative descriptive approach. Research Involvement and Engagement, 6(1).
  • Witham, M. D., Anderson, e., Carroll, C, Dark, P. M., Down, K. et al (2020). Developing a roadmap to improve trial delivery for under-served groups: results from a UK multi-stakeholder process. Trials, 21 (694). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-020-04613-7

Articles from the journal Languages, Society & Policy, stemming from the ‘Multilingualism: Empowering individuals, transforming societies’ (MEITS) project may be of interest to SLTs. Find the open-access journal here.

Evidence pages

Evidence from the IALP Multilingual and Multicultural Affairs Committee



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