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Aims to provide clinicians with evidence-based therapy tasks to enhance naming and word finding abilities in people with aphasia. This title addresses the clinical questions of not just 'what' to do, but 'why' it is being done, and 'how' to do it.
Elizabeth Cardell's clinical and research work in psycholinguistics and aphasia spans over 25 years. Her research Master's degree (1999) investigated treatment efficacy for lexical-semantic anomia, and her PhD (2006) explored online sentence processing in aphasia. After a long clinical career in neurorehabilitation, Elizabeth entered full-time academia in 2008 and is currently Head of the Master of Speech Pathology program at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland. As well as co-ordinating Special Interest Groups, she is in high demand as a presenter in psycholinguistics and aphasia and was the Speech Pathology National Tour Speaker for 2007. She has published a number of journal articles and is currently investigating how online methodologies can translate to clinical practice as well as the issue of treatment dosage to optimise communication outcomes. Melissa Lawrie has over 25 years experience as a clinical speech pathologist in the area of rehabilitation and aged care, and has a special interest in aphasia therapy. Melissa has been a key advocate of the psycholinguistic approach to aphasia treatment and was one of the founding members and coordinators of the Queensland Cognitive Neuropsychology Special Interest Group (1992) and the Psycholinguistics in Practice group (2009). She has also presented workshops in the area of aphasia. Melissa is currently the Director of Speech Pathology at the Gold Coast Health Service District and has a particular interest in developing new, intensive service-delivery models to enhance communication outcomes for different populations, including people with aphasia. In this role, Melissa has been successful in gaining several research and infrastructure grants.