Alison Holm

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Alison Holm

Associate Professor of Speech Pathology
Speech Pathology, School of Health Sciences

Room 224 , Building N

+61 3 6324 4408 (phone)

I am fascinated by the way children learn to communicate and understanding how to support their communication when they have difficulty. As a certified practising speech pathologist with clinical and research expertise in pediatric speech, language and literacy this has been my focus for over 30 years. I have a particular interest in speech sound disorders and working effectively with multilingual children. I also have a passion for ethical practice as well as justice issues for people with disability and communication difficulties. As an academic, I love preparing future speech pathologists with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to optimise communication and swallowing in our communities.


I joined the speech pathology academic team at the University of Tasmania in January 2022. Before coming to Tasmania, I worked in various clinical, teaching, project and research positions, as well as statutory authority roles in Australia and the United Kingdom.

I have a range of clinical and research experiences including working in a private practice context with adults and children; in the UK National Health Service child development clinics; in special schools with children with complex communication needs; in mainstream schools with children with speech and language difficulties; with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and with adults with lifelong disability and acquired brain injury.

I have worked in research and teaching roles at the Singapore Institute of Technology, Australian Catholic University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 2021 I was honoured to present Speech Pathology Australia’s National Tour with Dr Gayle Hemsley, Working effectively with Australian multilingual children. I have also been involved in projects for Speech Pathology Australia and been a member of the Human Rights Division of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Career summary



Thesis Title



Date Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy

Speech development and disorder in bilingual children

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

United Kingdom


Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

The effect of first written language on the acquisition of English literacy

The University of Queensland



Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Queensland University of Technology




Professional practice

  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, Speech Pathology Australia.
  • Member, International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech.

Committee associations

  • Elected Member, Ethics Board of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Speech Language Pathology
  • Accreditor of speech pathology programs, Speech Pathology Australia.


speech sound disorder, multilingual, phonological awareness, practice education

Teaching expertise

I am committed to exploring and implementing innovative teaching and learning practices. I enjoy facilitating and embedding interactive and engaging learning activities through a blended learning model. I have valued implementing problem-based learning and case-based teaching to develop students’ analytical and evidence-based practice skills. My experience developing and facilitating simulated learning environments has also been satisfying in terms of effective student learning outcomes and their development of reflective practice.

Teaching responsibility

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My research has a strong clinical motivation and application. I have been committed to exploring:

  • the application of a psycholinguistic framework to understanding the underlying deficits or causes of speech, language and literacy difficulties;
  • multilingual children - who require a different process to monolingual children for differential diagnosis and intervention and challenge our models of speech and language processing; and
  • intervention studies - the ultimate test of theory - if our understanding of what is causing a difficulty is correct then intervention targeting the underlying deficit should have successful outcomes.


  • Laying the Foundation for Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research in Child Health and Disability, Menzies Health Institute Queensland.
  • Effective Decision-Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability Project, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT.
  • Enabling Clinical Supervision Skills Project – School of Allied Health Sciences, Griffith University.
  • National Health and Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research.
  • Diagnostic Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology, Pearson Clinical and University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Queensland University Inventory of Literacy project, University of Queensland.
  • Competency Based Occupational Standards project, Australian Association of Speech and Hearing.

Current projects

  • Speech and language pathology implementation of telepractice in educational context, Department of Education, Tasmania.
  • Early Years Footprint Project (Language and literacy outcomes of urban Indigenous children). Department of Education, Queensland.
  • Communication Hub, Information Linkages and Capacity Building project, Speech Pathology Australia.
  • Factors in the successful training of videofluoroscopic swallowing study analysts (Ann-Maree Edwards, PhD candidate).

Fields of Research

  • Speech pathology (420110)

Research Objectives

  • Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) (200301)


My robust contribution to monolingual and multilingual children’s speech and language disorders is demonstrated through the publication of 50 journal articles, book chapters and clinical assessments and resources. This research has been cited more than 3500 times; 8 publications have more than 100 citations.

Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2022Holm A, van Reyk O, Crosbie S, De Bono S, Morgan A, et al., 'Preschool children's consistency of word production', Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics pp. 1-19. ISSN 0269-9206 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02699206.2022.2041099 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1