Our Collaborators

Frenette Southwood

PhD (General Linguistics)
Professor: General Linguistics
Stellenbosch University

Frenette’s research focuses on typical and impaired child language development in multilingual contexts. As part of the European COST Action ISO804 (Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society), amongst others, she is working on a dialect-neutral and culturally fair child language assessment instruments in Afrikaans and South African English. With Dr Ondene van Dulm of Canterbury University she developed culturally appropriate language therapy material for use with young South African children. Frenette is a qualified speech-language therapist and audiologist. She obtained her PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen in 1997. She spent 2010 at Heidelberg University as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow and has received the Rector’s Award for Outstanding Research and Outstanding Teaching.

Mikateko Ndhambi

PhD candidate (Speech Language Pathology Contact)

MM (Public and Development Management)
Lecturer: Speech-Language Pathology
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Mikateko’s research interests are articulation disorders, Developmental Phonological Disorders, and South African Sign Language. Her clinical skills are in Childhood Language, Language for Learning, Early Intervention, and Educational Audiology. She is developing a niche in Mixed Methods. Her most recent publication is ‘Beyond lip service: Towards human rights-driven guidelines for South African speech-language pathologists’.

Tessa Dowling

PhD (African Languages)
Senior Lecturer: African Languages & Literatures
University of Cape Town

Tessa’s research focuses on new varieties of African languages and cutting edge developments in language change among young speakers of Xhosa. She has examined morphological innovation by young speakers as well as the impact of English on child language and acquisition. Her interests extend to South Africa’s geosemiotic landscapes and the way language impacts on understandings of health and medical intervention among speakers of African languages. She has received a provincial award for promoting multilingualism and has taught many to speak Xhosa. Tessa has written textbooks for the learning of African languages, as well as English, and is frequently called upon by the media to comment on issues relating to African languages.

Naledi Kgolo

PhD (Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics)

MPhil (English and Applied Linguistics)

MA (English Language and Linguistics)
Lecturer: Department of English
University of Botswana

Naledi’s research interests include experimental linguistics, language processing, comprehension and acquisition. More specifically, her work focuses on mental processes that occur during language processing. She does research on English and Setswana, the official and national languages of Botswana.
She sits on the Editorial Board of Marang Journal of Language and Literature, is a Board Member of the African Psycholinguistics Association (APsA), a Language Champion for the Oxford University Press – Setswana Living Dictionary, and is an Alternative Member of the University of Botswana’s Social and Behavioural Institutional Review Board (research ethics committee). Naledi has published several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Rose Letsholo-Tafila

PhD (Linguistics), MLitt
Associate Professor: Linguistics
University of Botswana

Rose’s research is mainly on the syntax of IKalanga and Setswana, both spoken in Botswana. Over the past few years she has extended her research interests to Khoesan languages and she has a few publications based on ǁGana, a Khoesan language from New Xade, Botswana. She also conducts social and ethnological based researches in the areas of language and gender as well as language attitudes. Rose is the Editor of Marang Journal of Language and Literature.

Helena Oosthuizen

MSc (Clinical Linguistics)
Lecturer: Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy
Stellenbosch University

Helena is a qualified speech-language therapist. Her research interests include language and literacy development in multilingual and multicultural contexts, as well as assessment of developmental language impairment. She is involved in teaching, clinical education and research supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Division of Speech-Language and Hearing Therapy.

Katie Alcock

DPhil (Experimental Psychology)
Senior Lecturer: Psychology
Lancaster University

Katie’s research interests include language development, the cognitive psychology and neuropsychology of language, and the influence of health and disease on neuropsychological development.

Her research experience is in two main areas:

  • What makes children different from each other in learning language? I look at child-originating differences (especially motor control and cognitive abilities) and external-originating differences (including SES and the language that children are learning). Research in this strand includes highly-cited work on motor control and language development, work on developmental language disorders, and construction of Communicative Development Inventories which enable researchers to collect accurate information about children’s language development.

  • What health factors impact on children’s development? Here I look in particular at health factors that are common in developing countries, including malnutrition and parasitic infections, as well as neurological conditions arising from cerebral malaria, and also at the impact of interventions designed to alleviate these factors. Research in this area always has to include the development of cognitive and language tests to assess children’s abilities, and the consideration of the effects of culture and schooling on children’s development.

Christina Samuelsson

Associate Professor: Division of Speech language pathology, Audiology and Otorhinolaryngology
Linköping University, Sweden

Christina Samuelsson has long standing research within language disorders in children, and she has specialised in prosody and phonology. She is also active in the European network on research in child language disorders, EUCLDIS. Currently Christina’s research regards interaction involving people with communicative disabilities. The focus is on describing and facilitating communication for children with language impairment, people with aphasia and people with dementia. She is currently involved in adapting two assessment tools to measure language development in Swedish, Sesotho and Setswana speaking children from 8 to 36 months. The project focuses on linguistic production and gesture development as well as on language comprehension.

Cynthia Sibanda

MSc candidate (Speech-Language Pathology)

BSc (Speech-Language Pathology)
Speech-Language Therapist

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

Cynthia currently works at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, a tertiary hospital in Johannesburg. She previously worked at University of Cape Town as a clinical educator where she supervised 3rd and 4th year Speech-Language Pathology students in various clinical blocks. Cynthia is also completing her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology.

Jane le Roux

MSc (Early Childhood Intervention)

BSc (Logopaedics)
Senior Clinical Educator: Speech & Language Therapy
University of Cape Town

Jane is a senior Clinical Educator and Speech-Language Pathology clinic convenor at the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders of the Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Cape Town. She has special interests in early communication intervention and language and literacy development within multilingual contexts. She is an ad hoc lecturer for the Language, learning and literacy course for the 2nd year Speech-Language Pathology students.

Carmen Milton

PhD (Public Health)
Senior Lecturer: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Carmen is a speech–language therapist and audiologist. She has developed a language program to assist pre-school educators in teaching English additional language skills. This highlighted a need for the SLT profession to develop public health population-based interventions to reduce the likelihood of developing a communication disability. She has worked at several NGOs focusing on early childhood intervention. Carmen has also worked with learners with special educational needs. Other experience includes public health institutions where she was responsible for the implementation and coordination of various disability and rehabilitation programmes. She has also served as co-editor for the South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 2006 to 2007.

Vera-Genevey Hlayisi

PhD candidate (Audiology), MSc 
Lecturer: Communication Rehabilitation
University of Cape Town

Vera-Genevey is an audiologist and currently a lecturer and researcher in Communication Rehabilitation at the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders of the Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Cape Town. She is an NRF grantholder and PhD candidate. Her research focuses on Person-Centred Care. She has been published in international peer-reviewed academic journals as well as congresses. Outside of research, she is also involved in the audiology profession locally, as a management member of the South African Audiologists Association and internationally, as a content contributor and collaborator with the Ida institute.

Kate Rossouw

MSc (Speech Language Pathology)
Speech and Language Therapist
The Reading Language Gym

Kate Rossouw is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist. After completing community service in Grahamstown, she returned to Cape Town and worked as a locum speech therapist at a school with learning difficulties and at a private practice in Monte Vista. She also worked with student speech therapists from UCT, supervising at clinical placements and providing tutorials. She moved to The Reading Gym in 2015. In 2016, she completed her Master’s degree with an interest in bilingual children with speech disorders. Kate is particularly interested in multilingual children and their speech and literacy development.

Divya Bissessur Teja

MSc (Speech-Language Pathology)
Speech and Language Pathologist

Specialisation: Early Childhood Intervention
Centre Libellule, Mauritius

Divya’s particular interest is in Early Childhood Intervention. She is currently based in Mauritius and provides Speech and Language Therapy services to people from multilingual backgrounds (Creole, French, English). She has worked in various NGOs assisting children with developmental and learning difficulties. Divya is the co-founder and director of ‘Centre Libellule’, a multidisciplinary diagnostic and therapy centre in Mauritius.  She is specialised in the assessment and follow-up of children with communication difficulties (autism, dyslexia, apraxia..). She is currently the President of the Speech and Language Therapists Association in Mauritius.

Sandra du Plessis

DPhil (Communication Pathology), PGCHE
Professor, Head of Department: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

Sandra is a qualified speech therapist. The topic of her doctorate was “Multilingual learners: a collaborative approach to communication intervention”. She has published and presented on the support of linguistic diverse learners in preschool, primary school and in higher education. Her other research interests include multiculturalism, higher education practices and gender issues in health care sciences.

Fatemah Camroodien-Surve

MSc (Early Childhood Intervention)
Senior Clinical Educator: Speech & Language Therapy
University of Cape Town

Fatemah’s special interests are in early childhood intervention, fluency, child speech and language as well as clinical education. She is involved in various clinics for students from 2nd year to their final year of studying. She previously worked at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Nina Brink

MA (Afrikaans & Dutch)

Lecturer: Department Afrikaans and Dutch (Faculty of Humanities)

North-West University

Nina is a lecturer in Afrikaans linguistics with a specific teaching focus on general linguistics, sociolinguistics and Afrikaans text editing. Her research focuses on the study of Afrikaans first language acquisition from a cognitive linguistics approach. In her master's study, she focused on how very young children, just beginning to learn Afrikaans, make a conceptual mapping between the lexical form and a certain meaning. Her PhD, for which she is currently collecting longitudinal data, focuses on an Afrikaans-speaking child's language development, specifically the development of understanding meaning.


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