Research Profile

Pauline Frizelle

Biography

Dr Pauline Frizelle is a lecturer and former speech and language therapy manager, with over 20 years experience working with children with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs. 

Pauline qualified as a speech and language therapist with a first class honours degree from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. From then Pauline worked as a specialist therapist in the areas of intellectual disability, Autism, physical disability, developmental language disorder and with those living in areas of social disadvantage. Pauline worked in partnership with parents, teachers and other members of the multidisciplinary team - carrying out training programmes and working in schools and preschool settings. Although no longer working in a clinical position Pauline continues to have an interest i
n people with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities and appears as an expert witness in the High Court in relation to their speech, language and communication needs. Pauline's teaching and research interests are largely shaped by her vast clinical experience. Pauline is a member of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists.

Pauline came to UCC in 2007 as a tutor in problem based learning. 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 (now referred to as developmental language disorder - DLD), 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 standardised battery of tests based on Baddeley’s model of working memory.
In 2013 Pauline was manager of the project Investigating the effect of speaker accent on the understanding of children with language impairment in UCC. In 2015 she was awarded an ASSISTid Marie Curie Fellowship to begin the development of an electronic assessment of complex syntax. In 2016 she began her fellowship at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Dorothy Bishop and in 2017 she took up a full time lecturing position at UCC. Pauline has continued her collaboration with Professor Bishop in comparing assessment methodologies and in developing a robust and engaging assessment of complex syntax. 

In her teaching role, Pauline is the 4th year co-ordinator in the undergraduate speech and hearing sciences programme. She is also lecturer and module co-ordinator for the following modules: SL1008 (first year - An Introduction to Language Studies); SL2007 (2nd year - Language Sciences); CT3002 (3rd year - Advanced Research Methods) and SL4003 (fourth year - Research Based Dissertation). Pauline is supervising a number of post-graduate students. She is a member of the Lamh research and development committee and a member of the 'Happy Talk' consortium. She is also a member of the IASLT conference committee. Pauline has reviewed for a number of academic journals in the field of linguistics and speech and language therapy, including the International Journal of Language and communication disorder, The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and 
and Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics.

Research Interests


My primary research interest is in the area of child language development. I am motivated by the desire to carry out research that has a practical application and that will therefore impact on the lives of children with difficulties acquiring their first language. To date my interest focuses on

  • The process of assessment, the comparison of assessment methodologies and how different assessment methods impact the results that we attain. ·       
  • Children’s ability to understand and use complex sentences – due to limitations in assessment tools we have a poor knowledge base with respect to typically developing children’s understanding of these structures. Without a comprehensive picture of typical development we cannot begin to address the difficulties in children whose language is impaired in some way – this includes those with DLD, Intellectual disability, Autism etc..       
  • The development of new robust, theoretically driven interventions – this includes those that are parent mediated or delivered by teachers.
  • An investigation into current therapeutic practices /interventions to ascertain levels of effectiveness and the impact of dosage.
I am one of two Irish management committee members of ‘Understanding the delivery of interventions for LI across Europe and beyond’ European COST Action IS1406. As part of this work I am involved in a number of systematic reviews looking at the theory of oral language interventions currently being implemented across Europe and what the effectiveness of those interventions are, in particular in relation to morphosyntax. I am also involved in a number of collaborative projects with clinicians in the community.
  • Investigating the effectiveness of ‘Happy Talk’ – a universal programme to address the speech language and communication needs of those from areas of social disadvantage ·      
  • Investigating the effectiveness of ‘video modelling’ in children on the autistic spectrum.     
  • The development and feasibility of LEEIP – a parent-mediated intervention for children with Down syndrome.

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

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Growth in syntactic complexity between four years and adulthood: evidence from a narrative task'
Frizelle, P;Thompson, PA;Mcdonald, D;Bishop, DVM (2018) 'Growth in syntactic complexity between four years and adulthood: evidence from a narrative task'. Journal of Child Language, 45 :1174-1197 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'The effect of different speaker accents on sentence comprehension in children with speech sound disorder'
Harte, J., Frizelle, P., & Gibbon, F. (2018) 'The effect of different speaker accents on sentence comprehension in children with speech sound disorder'. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 32 (8):689-705 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'Assessing understanding of relative clauses: a comparison of multiple-choice comprehension versus sentence repetition'
Frizelle, Pauline; O'Neill, Clodagh; Bishop, Dorothy V. M. (2017) 'Assessing understanding of relative clauses: a comparison of multiple-choice comprehension versus sentence repetition'. Journal of Child Language, :1-23 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2017)'Investigating the effect of regional native accents on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment'
Frizelle, P., Harte, J., Fletcher, P., & Gibbon, F. (2017) 'Investigating the effect of regional native accents on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment'. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, [Details]
(2017)'The relationship between information carrying words, memory and language skills in school age children with specific language impairment'
Frizelle, P., Harte, J., O'Sullivan, K., Fletcher, P., & Gibbon, F. (2017) 'The relationship between information carrying words, memory and language skills in school age children with specific language impairment'. Plos One, 12 (7) [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)'Investigating peer attitudes towards the use of key word signing by children with Down syndrome in mainstream schools'
Bowles, C;Frizelle, P (2016) 'Investigating peer attitudes towards the use of key word signing by children with Down syndrome in mainstream schools'. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44 :284-291 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Children’s comprehension of an unfamiliar speaker accent: a review'
Harte, J., Oliveira, A., Frizelle, P. & Gibbon, F. (2016) 'Children’s comprehension of an unfamiliar speaker accent: a review'. International Journal Of Language & Communication Disorders / Royal College Of Speech & Language Therapists, 51 (3):221-235 [DOI] [CORA Link] [Details]
(2016)'Children's comprehension of an unfamiliar speaker accent: a review'
Harte, J;Oliveira, A;Frizelle, P;Gibbon, F (2016) 'Children's comprehension of an unfamiliar speaker accent: a review'. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 51 :221-235 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'The Role of Memory in Processing Relative Clauses in Children With Specific Language Impairment'
Frizelle, P,Fletcher, P (2015) 'The Role of Memory in Processing Relative Clauses in Children With Specific Language Impairment'. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 24 :47-59 [DOI] [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 :255-264 [DOI] [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 & Phonetics, 28 :437-449 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(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]
(2017)'Syntax in child language disorders'
Fletcher, P. & Frizelle, P. (2017) 'Syntax in child language disorders' In: R.E. Schwartz (eds). Handbook of child language disorders. New York and Hove: 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]

Professional Activities

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 Activities

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Teaching
An introduction to language studies: This modules involves the application of modern linguistics to the analysis of language.
Language Sciences II: the objective of this module is for students to achieve 1) a level of competence in the analysis of children's language and 2) a strong knowledge of test procedures which can be used to assess child language. 
Advanced Research Methods:
the objective of this course is to enable students to further understand, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate research methods.    
UG dissertation supervision:
This module involves the completion and write-up of an independent research project. The projects contribute to a significant proportion of each students final degree grade. 

Postgraduate
Masters Dissertation supervision
I would welcome applications to study with me at a doctoral level in the area of child language development







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