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Personal Statement

I have been at the University of Strathclyde since 2015 where I teach on the undergraduate Speech and Language Pathology Course. I am a HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapist with a PhD in Communication Disorders. 

Research Interests

My research focuses on developmental Speech Sound Disorders.  I have a particular interest in Visual Biofeedback, that is, technologies which can be used to image the articulators (principally the tongue) moving when we speak. My research has focused both on electropalatogrpahy (EPG) and ultrasound tongue imaging (UTI) as two of the main techniques which provide both ways of measuring tongue movement and of allowing children with speech sound disorders a method of using real-time visual biofeedback of their own tongue movements to modify incorrect articulations and therefore improve their speech.


Current projects include clinical studies looking the efficacy of visual biofeedback in children with persistent speech sound disorders and cleft lip and palate and assessment of speech disorders using ultrasound. At the theoretical level I am interested in the underlying nature of persistent speech sound disorder, especially with regards to theories which implicate the speech motor control system. I am interested in speech motor control in children with both primary speech sound disorders and those with other diagnoses including Down syndrome, autism and cleft lip and palate. 

Expertise & Capabilities

I am a Speech and Language Therapist with an interest in clinical phonetics and articulatory analysis (mostly ultrasound tongue imaging). My area of expertise is visual biofeedback techniques for the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders. I am interested in research which looks at speech disorders in children, particularly in children with developmental disabilities. I am interested in motor speech disorders in autism spectrum conditions, Down syndrome, cleft lip and palate and persistent speech sound disorders. 

I welcome enquires from prospective research students interested in the above topics. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Queen Margaret University

Bachelor of Science, Queen Margaret University


  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Visual Feedback
  • Ultrasound

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2003 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Enabling new articulatory gestures in children with persistent speech sound disorders using ultrasound visual biofeedback

Cleland, J., Scobbie, J. M., Roxburgh, Z., Heyde, C. & Wrench, A., 2 May 2019, In : Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. 62, 2, p. 229-246 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Biofeedback (Psychology)
Speech Sound Disorder
Articulatory Gestures

Improving the reliability of phonetic transcription in cleft lip and palate using ultrasound tongue imaging

Cleland, J., Lloyd, S., Crampin, L., Campbell, L., Sugden, E., Zharkova, N. & Palo, P., 3 Apr 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Cleft Lip
Cleft Palate

Activities 2015 2019

Using Ultrasound Tongue Imaging to Teach Children with Speech Disorders New Articulations

Joanne Cleland (Speaker)
9 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Engage with Strathclyde 2019

Wendy Cohen (Organiser), Anja Kuschmann (Organiser), Joanne Cleland (Organiser), Eleanor Sugden (Organiser)
3 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course