Keynote and Invited Speakers

The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to introduce the conference's keynote and invited speakers.

Keynote speakers

Professor Yvette Hyter

This is a photograph of Professor Yvette Hyter, invited speaker at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2020 in DarwinYvette D. Hyter, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, USA and a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Her research and teaching focus on the influences of culture on communication development and disorders, with emphasis in the areas of (1) pragmatic language and social communication of speakers of African American English and (2) culturally responsive and globally sustainable practices.

As a founding member of the Children's Trauma Assessment Center of Southwest Michigan, Yvette’s clinical concentration is twofold: (1) the social pragmatic language of children with histories of maltreatment and prenatal alcohol exposure and (2) transdisciplinary assessments. She developed a social pragmatic communication assessment battery for young children that is currently being tested in Brazil, Cyprus, Greece, and the United States.

As Co-Director of a nonprofit, Cultural Connections: Transnational Research and Education Laboratory, Yvette co-teaches study-abroad courses in West Africa and in the U.S. Midwest about the causes and consequences of globalisation on systems, policies, and practices. She has published articles underscoring the need for conceptual frameworks guiding practice in globally sustainable ways, a co-authored textbook on culturally responsive practices, and served in leadership positions regarding global practice, diversity, inclusion, and equity. Currently Yvette is the owner of Language and Literacy Practices, LLC, through which she provides culturally and linguistically responsive, and trauma informed assessments, interventions and educational consultations.

Professor Yvette Hyter: Keynote Address Abstract This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Professor Swathi Kiran

This is a photograph of Professor Swwathi Kiran, invited speaker at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2020 in DarwinSwathi Kiran is Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Associate Dean for Research at the College for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. She received her Ph.D from Northwestern University. Her research interests focus around lexical semantic treatment for individuals with aphasia, bilingual aphasia and neuroimaging of brain plasticity following a stroke. She has over 100 publications and her work has appeared in high impact journals across a variety of disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, rehabilitation, speech language pathology and bilingualism.

Swathi is a fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and serves on various journal editorial boards and grant review panels including at National Institutes of Health. Her work has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health/NIDCD and American Speech Language Hearing Foundation awards including the New Investigator grant, the New Century Scholar’s Grant and the Clinical Research grant. She is the co-founder and scientific advisor for Constant Therapy, now owned by The Learning Corporation, a software platform for rehabilitation tools after brain injury.

Professor Swathi Kiran: Keynote Address Abstract This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award Recipient

Associate Professor Sally Hewat

This is a photograph of Associate Professor Sally Hewat, invited speaker at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2020 in DarwinAssociate Professor Sally Hewat is Assistant Dean International at the University of Newcastle and a certified practicing speech-language pathologist. She believes in the transformative power of human connection that is enabled through one’s ability to communicate.

With a career in the higher education sector spanning 20+ years Sally is recognised nationally and internationally as an innovative academic leader in transnational education, curriculum development and the preparation of speech pathology students for practice. Her work has been supported by international and external funding exceeding $2M and has been recognized through five University awards. In the past 5 years, her leadership has enabled international mobility and education for more than 70 Australian speech pathology students supported by over $350k to undertake assessable clinical placements across the Asia Pacific Region. Sally is currently Vice President of the Asia Pacific Association of Speech, Language & Hearing; an Accreditation Assessor for Speech Pathology Australia; she led SPA Clinical Education in Australia project (2017-2018) and was an integral member of the national Simulation in Speech Pathology project (2014-2018).

True to her passion, Sally remains dedicated to the development of speech-language pathology in majority world countries and under-served communities. She volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Trinh Foundation Australia supporting the development of speech therapy in Vietnam and has been recognized with a prestigious award and medal from the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City. Sally has undertaken numerous consultancy projects and currently working with Universities and industry partners on the development of speech therapy services and training for China.

Sally is her husband’s No. 1 supporter and greatest joy is her three daughters.

Associate Professor Sally Hewat: Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award Abstract This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.