Post Doctorate Research Fellow
Speech and Hearing Sciences
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Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, School of Medicine and Health
Brookfield Health Sciences Building
University College Cork

T: +353 (0)21 4901641
E: p.frizelle@ucc.ie
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Speech and Hearing Sciences
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: P.Frizelle@ucc.ie

Dr Pauline Frizelle is a post doctorate researcher in the Department of Speech and Hearing sciences, University College Cork and is currently managing the project The effect of speaker accent on sentence comprehension in children with language delay. She is co-supervisor of a PhD and Masters student both of whom are carrying out research in this general area. Pauline has also worked part-time as a lecturer in the Department of Speech and Hearing sciences, UCC. Her research interests are in the areas of complex syntax, language development in lower socio-economic areas, the influence of accent, Down’s syndrome, sign language, and paediatric communication development and disorders.

Pauline received a first class honours degree in her undergraduate BSc Honours degree in Speech Pathology and Therapy at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. She then began working as a speech and language therapist for the Brothers of Charity, Cork, where her interests developed in the areas of intellectual disability and Autism. Following this she worked for Enable Ireland, Cork, in the area of physical disability, initially as a senior therapist and then as a speech and language therapy manager. Pauline continues to have an interest in cerebral palsy and physical disability and has appeared in the High Court as an expert witness on behalf of a large number of children with cerebral palsy. Pauline has also worked as a private therapist, with children from lower socio-economic backgrounds and has been involved in a significant amount of school and pre-school staff training focussing particularly on disadvantaged areas. Pauline began working in The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCC in 2007, initially as a problem based learning tutor. In 2008, she was the first speech and language therapist in Ireland to be awarded the HRB fellowship for the therapeutic professions.

She completed her doctoral degree in 2011, Investigating Complex Syntax in Children with Specific Language Impairment and has published a number of papers from this thesis. In her PhD she investigated the

control of an important complex syntactic structure, the relative clause, by school age children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in Ireland, using a newly devised sentence recall task. She also explored the role of verbal and working memory in the performance of children with SLI on the sentence recall task, using a standardized battery of tests based on Baddeley’s model of working memory. In her role as PhD supervisor Pauline is currently involved in the development of an assessment of relative clause comprehension and hopes to develop this further into a complete assessment of complex syntax.

Pauline is a member of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists. She has been a reviewer for the Journal of Speech language and Hearing Research, The International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders and Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. 

Research Interests

Specific Language Impairment
Child Language
Intellectual Disability
Physical Disability
Complex Syntax
Accent
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Investigating Pscholinguistic markers in children with Specific Language ImpairmentHealth Research Board01-OCT-0830-SEP-11€236,000.00
The development of a cyber assessment of complex syntaxUCC Strategic Research Fund01-SEP-1401-SEP-15€8,841.00

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment [In Press]'
Frizelle, P.; Fletcher, P. (2014) 'The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment [In Press]'. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, [Details]
(2014)'Profiling relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2014) 'Profiling relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, :1-13 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2014)'Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2014) 'Relative clause constructions in children with specific language impairment'. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 49 (2):255-264 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2014)'An Elaboration of Stage V of the English LARSP'
Fletcher, P.; Frizelle, P. (2014) 'An Elaboration of Stage V of the English LARSP' In: Ball, M.J.; Crystal, D.; Fletcher, P (eds). Profiling Grammar: More Languages of LARSP [In Press]. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters. [Details]
(1995)'Autism in Schools - a collaborative approach'
Frizelle, P. (1995) 'Autism in Schools - a collaborative approach' In: Murray, P (eds). Working with Autism. Ireland: Southern Health Board Press. [Details]
(2014)'Syntax in child language disorders'
Fletcher, P. & Frizelle, P. (2014) 'Syntax in child language disorders' In: R.E. Schwartz (eds). Handbook of child language disorders. Oxford: Psychology Press. [Details]

Articles

YearPublication
(1993)Applying knowledge from other disciplines to enhance clinical practice. Human Communications 2.
Frizelle, P. & Stansfield, S. (1993) Applying knowledge from other disciplines to enhance clinical practice. Human Communications 2. Articles [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

YearPublication
(2011)Investigating Complex Syntax in children with specific language impairment.
Frizelle, P. (2011) Investigating Complex Syntax in children with specific language impairment. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2008HRB Fellowship for the Therapeutic Professions Health Research Board

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Member/
Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Member/

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2014)ASHA Convention,
Harte, J., Frizelle, P., Gibbon, F. & Fletcher, P. (2014) The effect of speaker accent on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment. [Poster Presentation], ASHA Convention, Orlando, Florida , 20-NOV-14 - 22-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014)International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference,
Fletcher, P.; Frizelle, P. (2014) Profiling relative clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Poster Presentation], International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference, Stockholm, Sweden , 11-JUN-14 - 13-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference,
Oliveira, A.; Frizelle, P.; Fletcher, P.; Gibbon, F. (2014) Examination of children's comprehension of relative clauses using a recently developed sentence-to-picture matching tool. [Poster Presentation], International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference, Stockholm, Sweden , 11-JUN-14 - 13-JUN-14. [Details]
(2014)LARSP Across Languages Workshop,
Fletcher P. & Frizelle P. M. (2014) LARSP Stage V: some observations and some data. [Oral Presentation], LARSP Across Languages Workshop, University of Reading UK . [Details]
(2013)Child Language Seminar,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2013) The role of memory in processing relative clauses in children with SLI. [Oral Presentation], Child Language Seminar, Manchester , 24-JUN-13 - 25-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biannual Conference,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2013) Ease of processing relative clause constructions for children with SLI. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biannual Conference, Dublin , 18-APR-13 - 19-APR-13. [Details]
(2012)International Association of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Conference,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2012) The control of Relative Clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Oral Presentation], International Association of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Conference, Cork , 27-JUN-12 - 30-JUN-12. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Bi-annual National Conference,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2011) Invited as plenary speaker: Investigating Relative Clauses in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Plenary Lecture], Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Bi-annual National Conference, Dublin , 24-NOV-11 - 25-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)International Association for the study of child language Conference,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2011) Complex syntax in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Poster Presentation], International Association for the study of child language Conference, Montreal, Canada , 19-JUL-11 - 23-JUL-11. [Details]
(2011)Symposium on Research in Child language Disorder,
Frizelle, P. & Fletcher P. (2011) Investigating Psycholinguistic markers in children with Specific Language Impairment. [Poster Presentation], Symposium on Research in Child language Disorder, Wisconsin, USA , 07-JUN-11 - 09-JUN-11. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork Project Manager, Research Fellow01-NOV-12 /
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork Part-time Lecturer01-JUN-12 / 01-JUN-13
University College Cork HRB Fellow - completion of PhD degree01-OCT-08 / 01-SEP-11
Various PBL Tutor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences; Private Speech and Language Therapist; Expert Witness for High Court01-OCT-07 / 01-JAN-08
Various Speech and Language Therapist contracted to work for Familyscope Ballyfermot, Dublin; Private Speech and Language Therapist; Expert Witness for High Court01-JAN-05 / 01-JAN-08
The Lavanagh Centre, Enable Ireland, Cork Speech and Language Therapy Manager01-MAY-01 / 01-DEC-03
The Lavanagh Centre, Enable Ireland, Cork Senior Speech and Language Therapist01-JAN-99 / 01-MAY-01
Brothers of Charity Services, Lota, Glanmire, Cork Speech and Language Therapist01-AUG-92 / 01-DEC-98

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2011University College Cork PhDSpeech and Hearing Sciences
2009Cork Institute of Technology M.A.Music performance
1992Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, Scotland BSc HonsSpeech pathology and therapy

Teaching Interests

Pauline currently delivers lectures in complex syntax in year 2. She is also a supervisor of 3rd/4th year research projects, covering a broad range of topics. 

Pauline currently delivers lectures in complex syntax in year 2. She is also a supervisor of 3rd/4th year research projects, covering a broad range of topics. 

Pauline is a PBL Tutor in 

Year 3

SL3002 & SL3003: Communication Disorders in Adults I and II:

Introduces students to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of communication and eating/drinking/swallowing disorders in adults. This module enables students to identify clinical theories of intervention pertinent to communication disorders in adults; to generate hypotheses in relation to specific clients and to test these hypotheses using standardised and non-standardised tests.

Pauline has previously delivered the following lectures

Year 1

SL1001: Language Sciences 1:

Explores the application of modern linguistics to the analysis of language and examines the course of language development in the first two years.

Year 2 

SL2008: Practice Education II

Introduces students to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a range of communication and eating/drinking/swallowing disorders in children. This module enables students to identify clinical theories of intervention pertinent to communication disorders in children; to generate hypotheses in relation to specific clients and to test these hypotheses using standardised and non-standardised tests. During their practice experience, students operationalise and carry out an intervention plan and measure outcome with reference to their clinical hypotheses. This module involves weekly workshops as well as practice experience.

She has been a PBL Tutor in

Year 2

SL2004 & SL2005: Communication Disorders in Children I & II:

Addresses medical, linguistic and psychological aspects of communication disorders in children. Students are taught this module through a Problem Based Learning framework.




Current Postgraduate Students - co-supervisor

Ms Ana Oliveira (2012 - 2015) Registered full time PhD, UCC (Speech and Language therapist) Funded by HRB (Investigating the effect of accent on language impaired children's understanding of complex syntax)

Ms Deirdre O'Leary (2013) Full time masters to commence October this year