Patricia Eadie is a speech pathologist, academic and researcher with particular expertise in early childhood development, specifically speech and language development and disorders. She has held academic positions at University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, & University of Sydney, Australia and University of Kansas, U.S.A. Research positions held at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute & Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Tricia has worked in different community based health, early intervention & education settings. She has research collaborations with the Victorian Department of Education and the Catholic Education Commission Victoria. Tricia's research focuses on i) evidence-based practices in the assessment and intervention of childhood language disorders, including classroom based interventions with teachers focussing on the links between language and early literacy; ii) the developmental pathways to language development & language disorder and associated risk & protective factors through the Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS) & the Norwegian Mother & Child Cohort Study (MoBa); and iii) on early childhood pedagogies, for example, intentional teaching practices and instructional support in teacher practice, that promote the quality and quantity of language used in adult-child interactions.
Tricia is currently supervising Research &Higher Degree Students whose work focuses in the following areas: Investigating change in teacher knowledge and practice in relation to a universal oral language intervention The relationship between maternal behaviours and child language acquisition in disadvantaged community based cohorts Validation of a developmental screening tool for use with Australian Aboriginal Children Evaluation of language intervention for young children with autism Characterisation of cognitive-linguistic profiles of children with speech sound disorders Speech-language pathology intervention for young offenders