Associate Professor Wendy Pearce - Nat School of Allied Health (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Assistant Supervisor – Only eligible to supervise with a fully accredited Principal or Co-supervisor


Wendy Pearce is an Associate Professor in Speech Pathology in the School of Allied Health and Speech Pathology Course Coordinator for the North Sydney campus. Her teaching, research and clinical experience has primarily focussed on assessment and intervention for children with speech and language disorders. Wendy's recent research interests have focused on expanding knowledge of the language skills of Indigenous Australian children, with a view to improving identification of language delay/impairment in this population. She is also interested in service delivery approaches for children with speech and language disorders, particularly in schools and early childhood settings. As a university educator, Wendy is interested in how students develop the academic and clinical competencies that are required for entry into the speech pathology profession.

Previously, Wendy was a senior lecturer at James Cook University in Townsville (Queensland) from 2005 to 2014, where she was instrumental in implementing a new speech pathology program as the inaugural Head of Speech Pathology from 2005-2009. She gained a PhD from Flinders University in 2007 and has over 20 years prior experience working as a speech pathologist with children in early childhood settings and schools in South Australia. Wendy also served as a member of the Speech Pathologists Board of Queensland (registration) from 2008 to 2013, and maintains membership of Speech Pathology Australia as a certified practising speech pathologist (CPSP). Wendy is also an Associate Member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia.


Phone :2597 (North Sydney)
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Child language disorder ; Indigenous child language and literacy ; Diagnostics ; Speech pathology service delivery ; Learning in higher education ;

Methods Expertise

Observational studies & descriptive linguistics ; Mixed Method Surveys ; Comparative quasi-experimental design ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Language abilities of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children from low socio-economic backgrounds in their first year of school. , in International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Early Online.


The pragmatic language outcomes of children with ADHD after therapist-and parent-delivered play-based interventions: Two one-group pretest-posttest studies with a longitudinal component., in American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(4), p7104220030p1-10.

Evaluating the pragmatic language skills of children with ADHD and typically developing playmates following a pilot parent-delivered play-based intervention., in Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 64, 11-23.

Psychometric properties of language assessments for children aged 4-12 years: A systematic review., in Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1515.


Dialectal differences in in oral narratives of school aged Indigenous Australian children., in International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17(4), 335-345.


First-time mothers' knowledge and beliefs regarding early communication development, in Early Child Development and Care, 184(1), 15-31.

Reliability and validity of the Pragmatics Observational Measure (POM): A new observational measure of pragmatic language for children, in Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 1588-1598


The cultural appropriateness and diagnostic usefulness of standardized language assessments for Indigenous Australian children, in International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(4), 429-440


Oral narratives produced by Aboriginal Australian children: Dilemmas with normative comparisons, in ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 13(3), 126-131


A comparison of oral narratives in children with specific language and non-specific language impairment, in Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 24(8), 622-645

Other information

Wendy has a key role within the School of Allied Health as National Honours Coordinator. In this role, Wendy provides leadership for Honours coordination across the four disciplines within the school (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Speech Pathology) contributes to teaching within three Honours project units:
- ALHT405 Honours Research Project Design
- ALHT404 Honours Research Project Implementation
-ALHT406 Honours Research Dissertation