Researcher biography

The theme of Prof Ward's research program in the field of speech pathology has been the assessment and rehabilitation of the motor functions of swallowing, speech and voice.

Prof Ward currently holds a joint position as the Director of the Centre for Functioning and Health (CFAHR:, Queensland Health, and is a conjoint Professor with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland. She has published extensively during her career, with over 350 publications. Prof Ward has recieved over $3million in competitive grant funding across a number of research fields including telehealth, head and neck cancer, motor speech disorders, and dysphagia. Her research has a clinical focus with particular emphasis on projects designed to improve speech and swallowing outcomes in a broad range of surgical and neurogenic populations. She has been awarded multiple UQ teaching awards and has supervised 29 students to date to sucessful completion of their research higher degree. In 2014 Prof Ward was awarded the title of Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia in recognition of her contributions to the profession.