Communication and Swallowing in Dementia

Project Details

The communication and swallowing in dementia projects are an important part of the work within NEUS. It aims to address how these behaviours evolve over the course of disease, how best to measure them and how to maintain function in the face of degeneration.

Projects include:

  • Motor speech and early onset dementia
  • Discourse interventions for individuals with primary progressive aphasia, Alzheimer's disease, and post stroke aphasia
  • Communication in healthy ageing
  • Feeding behaviours and swallowing in dementia


Associate Professor Adam Vogel (Co-Lead)
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  • Jess Chan, PhD Candidate
  • Matthew Poole, PhD Candidate (NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship)
  • Sandra Rojas, PhD Candidate (Becas Scholarship, Chile)
  • Marja Caverle (University of Melbourne Scholarship)
  • Courtney Lewis (Australian Postgraduate Award)


  • Prof Kirrie Ballard (University of Sydney)
  • Dr Amy Brodtmann & A/Prof David Darby (Florey Neuroscience Institutes)
  • Dr Maya Henry (University of Texas at Austin) 
  • Prof Maria-Luisa Gorno-Tempini (UCSF)
  • Prof Paul Maruff (Cogstate & Florey Institute)
  • Dr Matthis Synofik (Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Science, Tübingen, Germany)
  • Dr Mark Walterfang (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia)



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

Brodtmann, A., Pemberton, H., Darby, D., & Vogel, A. P. (2016). Diagnostic Distortions: A Case Report of Progressive Apraxia of Speech. Journal of Alzheimers Disease, 53(1), 79-83.

Ireland, D., Atay, C., Liddle, J., Bradford, D., Lee, H., Rushin, O., . . . Vogel, A. P. (2016). Hello Harlie: Enabling Speech Monitoring Through Chat-Bot Conversations. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 227, 55-60. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-666-8-55

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

Atay, C., Ireland, D., Liddle, J., Wiles, J., Vogel, A. P., Angus, D., . . . Chenery, H. J. (2016). Can a smartphone-based chatbot engage older community group members? The impact of specialised content. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 12(7 Supplement), P1005-P1006. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2016.06.2070

Research Group

Neuroscience of Speech

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Mental Health

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Audiology and Speech Pathology

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