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PROF Sheena Reilly


  • Language and Literacy



  • Sheena Reilly is Professor of Speech Pathology in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. In addition, she is Associate Director of Clinical and Public Health research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Sheena received her B.App.Sc (Speech and Hearing) from Curtin University and her PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of London.

    Sheena is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, the UK Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and Speech Pathology Australia. She is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney and Visiting Professor, Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health, University of London.

    Sheena’s research focuses on childhood language and communication problems. She has more than date 150 publications, including 111 peer-reviewed original works in highly ranked journals such as the Pediatrics, British Medical Journal and Brain. Sheena’s research is multidisciplinary and investigates the etiology and characterization of childhood language and communication problems. She has attracted over 14 million in competitive research funding, from bodies such as NHMRC, ARC and NIH. Sheena was awarded her second, 5-year NHMRC practitioner fellowship in 2013. Collectively she has mentored 24 PhD and Masters students, 18 as a primary supervisor.



Member of

  • Speech Pathology Australia Association. Member 2009 - 2012
  • Evidence-based Communication Assessment and Intervention (EBCAI). Editorial Board Member 2008 - 2011
  • International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. Editorial Board Member 2007 - 2011
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Speech Language & Hearing. Editorial Board Member 2006 - 2011
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Editorial Board Member 2006 - 2011
  • Child; Care, Health and Development. Editorial Board Member 2004 - 2011
  • International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Editorial Board Member (Executive Board) 2004 - 2011
  • Royal College Speech Language Therapists. Member 1994 - 2011


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Education and training

  • PhD, University College London 1995
  • B.App.Sc, Curtin University of Technology 1978



Available for supervision

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