Carol-Anne Murphy is a lecturer in speech and language therapy in the School of Allied Health, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at University of Limerick, (UL). She leads the child speech, language and communication needs research group within the school of allied health. The group are particularly interested in inter-professional collaborations and partnership between health and education to support children in schools and to develop ecologically valid primary, secondary and tertiary level preventative interventions (alternatively referred to as universal, targeted and specialist levels of service delivery in the education setting).  Carol-Anne has a particular interest in understanding mechanisms of intervention, effective approaches to assessment, and intervention implementation in developmental communication difficulties particularly developmental language disorder (DLD). She was a member of Catalise, an international consortium, which developed consensus on identification of and terminology for developmental language disorder and co-authored an IASLT position statement on DLD in 2017. She has been involved as PI or collaborator in successful grant applications including a Health Research Board Fellowship to complete doctoral studies on Profiles of Sentence Production in children with Specific Language Impairment (2013) and an EU COST Action, IS1406 (2015-2019), ‘Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond-a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language”. She is Vice-chair of Working Group one of the COST action who are addressing theoretical underpinnings of intervention and has just co-edited a book (publisher Routledge), which maps theory, practice and service delivery in child language intervention across Europe, and reflects services in individual countries.


Murphy, C.A. (2019). The limits of evidence and the implications of context: considerations when implementing pathways to intervention for children with language disorders. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 54 (1):20-23.

O'Neill, H., Murphy, C.A., Chiat, S. (2019). What Our Hands Tell Us: A Two-Year Follow-Up Investigating Outcomes in Subgroups of Children With Language Delay. Journal Of Speech Language And Hearing Research. 62 (2): 356-366.

Bishop, D. V. M., Snowling, M. J., Thompson, P. A., Greenhalgh, T., & Catalise-consortium. (2017) Phase 2 of CATALISE: a multinational and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study of problems with language development: Terminology'. Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry And Allied Disciplines, 58 (10): 1068-1080.

Bishop, D. V. M., Snowling, M. J., Thompson, P. A., Greenhalgh, T., & Catalise-consortium. (2016) 'CATALISE: A Multinational and Multidisciplinary Delphi Consensus Study. Identifying Language Impairments in Children'. PLOS One, 11 (7).

O'Gorman, E., Salmon, N., Murphy, C.A. (2016) Schools as sanctuaries: A systematic review of contextual factors which contribute to student retention in alternative education'. International Journal Of Inclusive Education, 20: 536-551.

Lavin, K.E., Norman, H.A., Murphy, C.A. (2009) An Exploratory Study into the Experiences of Adolescents with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in Ireland: Insights from Parents and Adolescents. Journal Of Clinical Speech And Language Studies, 17:92-110.