Neuroscience of Speech

Research Overview

The Neuroscience of Speech (NEUS) research group undertakes discovery, clinical and translational research into communication and swallowing deficits in adults (University of Melbourne node) and children (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute node).

The Melbourne Node of NEUS is an interdisciplinary group that seeks to improve how we recognise, describe and treat communication and swallowing problem in people with progressive neurological disorders (eg. dementia, ataxia).

The Melbourne node of NEUS offers 1-2 research internships each summer. Please visit the Summer Internship page to your right under Research Projects for further information.


Associate Professor Adam Vogel PhD
Neuroscience of Speech Director (Melbourne node)
National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dementia Fellow

Professor Angela Morgan PhD
Neuroscience of Speech Director (MCRI node)
NHMRC Practitioner Fellow

Dr Elaina Kefalianos PhD
Lecturer in Speech Pathology, The University of Melbourne
Section Lead, Developmental Stuttering

Dr Megan Keage PhD
Lecturer and Clinical Education Coordinator for Speech Pathology

Dr Michelle Magee PhD
Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Speech Pathology

Hannah Reece
Research Officer in Speech Pathology

Research Higher Degree Students

Melbourne node

  • Marja Caverle, PhD candidate
  • Jessica Chan, PhD candidate
  • Courtney Lewis, PhD candidate
  • Dr Gustavo Noffs, PhD candidate
  • Camille Paynter, PhD candidate
  • Sandra Rojas, PhD candidate
  • Charissa Zaga, PhD candidate
  • Olga Birchall, PhD candidate

MCRI node

  • Jessica Boyce, PhD Candidate
  • Lauren Pigdon, DPsych Candidate (Monash)
  • Katherine Sanchez, PhD Candidate
  • Ruth Braden, PhD candidate
  • Samantha Turner, post doc
  • Amanda Brignell, post doc

Honorary Members

  • Professor Barbara Dodd PhD (Honorary Emeritus Professor), The University of Melbourne
  • Mr Malcolm Baxter, MBBS FRACS (ENT surgeon, Monash Medical Centre, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Estella Ma PhD (Honorary Senior Fellow), The University of Hong Kong



  • Monash University, Australia
  • Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Australia
  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia
  • The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Bionics Institute of Australia
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia
  • Cogstate, Melbourne & New Haven USA
  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • The University of South Australia
  • University of Hong Kong, China


  • Karolinksa Institute, Sweden
  • Oxford University, UK
  • Hertie Institute of Clinical Brain Research, Tubingen, Germany
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome Italy
  • Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
  • Radboud University Medical Centre, Netherlands
  • University of Manchester, UK
  • University of Newcastle, UK
  • City University London, UK


  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Texas - Austin
  • Northwestern University
  • Centro para la Investigación y Rehabilitación de las Ataxias, Holguin, Cuba


  • Australian Research Council
  • National Health & Medical Research Council
  • Friedreich Ataxia Research Association
  • Telematics Trust
  • National Institutes of Health - Small Business Research
  • CogState Ltd
  • CASS Foundation
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  • Ataxia Charlevoix-Saguenay Foundation
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen
  • Deutsche Heredo-Ataxie-Gesellschaft

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

Vogel AP, Poole ML, Pemberton H, Caverlé MWJ, Boonstra FMC, Low E, Darby D, Brodtmann A. (2017) Motor speech signature of behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia: Refining the phenotype. Neurology. 2017 Aug 22;89(8):837-844. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000004248

Vogel AP, Rommel N, Sauer C, Horger M, Krumm P, Himmelbach M, Synofzik M. (2017) Clinical assessment of dysphagia in neurodegeneration (CADN): development, validity and reliability of a bedside tool for dysphagia assessment. J Neurol. 2017 Jun;264(6):1107-1117. doi: 10.1007/s00415-017-8499-7

Poole, M. L., Brodtmann, A., Darby, D., & Vogel, A. P. (2017). Motor Speech Phenotypes of Frontotemporal Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia, and Progressive Apraxia of Speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 1-15. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-S-16-0140

Vogel, A. P., Fletcher, J., Snyder, P. J., Fredrickson, A., & Maruff, P. (2011). Reliability, stability, and sensitivity to change and impairment in acoustic measures of timing and frequency. Journal of Voice, 25(2), 137-149. doi:10.1016/j.jvoice.2009.09.003