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Dr. Carol-Anne Murphy

Biography

Carol-Anne Murphy is a senior 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 and is a member of the HIST_HRI management group. The SLCN 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 is currently leading an NCSE funded project to pilot and evaluate building schools' capacity to support SLCN. She has been involved as PI or collaborator in other 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), 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' and a recent HRB Covid Rapid Response project currently underway with the HIST_HRI research cluster. She was Vice-chair of Working Group one of the COST action who addressed theoretical underpinnings of intervention and co-edited a book (publisher Routledge), which mapped theory, practice and service delivery in child language intervention across Europe, and reflected services in individual countries.

Research Interests

Developmental Language Disorders (DLDs); Intervention Mechanisms; Assessment tools including dynamic assessment. Leads the SLCN (Speech, language and communication needs) research group (https://www.ul.ie/schoolalliedhealth/content/research-groups) in the School of Allied Health, UL, who are particularly interested in collaborative practice to achieve best outcomes for children with SLCN in schools. Member of HIST_HRI management committee. Was vice-chair of Working Group 1 of COST Action IS1406 'Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond-a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language' (2015-2019). This work had examined intervention practices and service delivery for children with DLD across Europe and beyond . Currently leading an NCSE funded project to build schools' capacity to support children with SLCN. Developed a tool for capturing sentence production difficulties in children. The story retell tool (Captain Grey and the Greedy Aliens) has been designed based on theory of underlying linguistic and processing deficits in DLD and to provide greater ecological validity than single sentence based tasks. Supervising research post-graduate students examining SLTs working in the school context, dynamic assessment of narrative in children with Developmental Language Disorder and peer-mediated intervention for autistic children who are described as minimally verbal. Was a member of the Catalise consortium, lead by Professor Dorothy Bishop, achieving consensus on identification of and terminology for developmental language disorder. Co-author of IASLT (2017) position statement and guidance document on Developmental language disorder.

Teaching Interests

My main areas of teaching interest are child language development and disorders and clinical linguistics. I have also taught research methods and on professional development including evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and aspects of health services management. Examples of modules taught are listed under teaching modules. This is not a comprehensive list. I have also been a guest lecturer on childhood language disorders for a number of years, to teachers undertaking the Post Graduate Diploma in SEN at Mary Immaculate College.

I aim to facilitate learners' deep understanding of concepts and skills; independent problem-solving, critical thinking and capacity to actively engage with new material and apply this beyond the classroom. Methods incorporate direct instruction, and enquiry-based learning embedded in classroom sessions; with online discussion forums used to address queries and facilitate joint learning between lectures. Case-based examples are a key feature of teaching. Teaching aids include PowerPoint, quizzes, video and audio recordings, role plays and demonstrations. Assessment methods include essays, presentations, debates and short answer exams.

Publications

Book Chapters

2019

Ireland
Frizelle, Pauline, O'Toole, Ciara, Lyons, Rena, Tangney, Anne, Murphy, Carol-Anne
(2019) Ireland
In Managing Children with Developmental Language Disorder. Theory and Practice Across Europe and Beyond; Oxon, UK : Routledge pp. 272-284

2019

Theory and intervention in developmental language disorder: the view of the European Practitioner
Saldana, D, Murphy, Carol-Anne
(2019) Theory and intervention in developmental language disorder: the view of the European Practitioner
In Managing Children with Developmental Language Disorder. Theory and Practice Across Europe and Beyond; Law, James, McKean, Cristina, Murphy, Carol-Anne, Thordardottir, Elin(Ed.) Oxon, UK : Routledge pp. 56-83

Edited Books

2019

Managing Children with Developmental Language Disorder. Theory and Practice Across Europe and Beyond
(2019) Managing Children with Developmental Language Disorder. Theory and Practice Across Europe and Beyond
Law, James, McKean, Cristina, Murphy, Carol-Anne, Thordardottir, Elin(Ed.) Oxon, UK : Routledge

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

Why Clinicians Choose Their Language Intervention Approach: An International Perspective on Intervention for Children with Developmental Language Disorder.
Forsythe R;Murphy CA;Tulip J;Law J;
(2021) Why Clinicians Choose Their Language Intervention Approach: An International Perspective on Intervention for Children with Developmental Language Disorder.
In Folia Phoniatrica Et Logopaedica : Official Organ Of The International Association Of Logopedics And Phoniatrics (Ialp);
DOI: 10.1159/000513242

2021

The Influence of Quantitative Intervention Dosage on Oral Language Outcomes for Children With Developmental Language Disorder: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis.
Frizelle P;Tolonen AK;Tulip J;Murphy CA;Saldana D;McKean C;
(2021) The Influence of Quantitative Intervention Dosage on Oral Language Outcomes for Children With Developmental Language Disorder: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis.
In Language Speech And Hearing Services In Schools;
DOI: 10.1044/2020_LSHSS-20-00058

2020

Establishing premises for inter-professional collaborative practice in school: inclusion, difference and influence
Gallagher A.L.;Murphy C.A.;Conway P.F.;Perry A.
(2020) Establishing premises for inter-professional collaborative practice in school: inclusion, difference and influence
In Disability And Rehabilitation;
DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2020.1725154

2020

The characteristics, life circumstances and self-concept of 13 year olds with and without disabilities in Ireland: A secondary analysis of the Growing up in Ireland (GUI) study
Gallagher A.L.;Galvin R.;Robinson K.;Murphy C.A.;Conway P.F.;Perry A.
(2020) The characteristics, life circumstances and self-concept of 13 year olds with and without disabilities in Ireland: A secondary analysis of the Growing up in Ireland (GUI) study
In Plos One;
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0229599

2020

Systematic Review of Peer-Mediated Intervention for Children with Autism Who Are Minimally Verbal
O'Donoghue, M., O'Dea, A., O'Leary, N., Kennedy, N., Forbes, J. and Murphy, C.A.
(2020) Systematic Review of Peer-Mediated Intervention for Children with Autism Who Are Minimally Verbal
In Journal Of Autism And Developmental Disorders; USA : pp. 1-16
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-020-00201-2

2019

Consequential differences in perspectives and practices concerning children with developmental language disorders: an integrative review.
Gallagher AL;Murphy CA;Conway P;Perry A;
(2019) Consequential differences in perspectives and practices concerning children with developmental language disorders: an integrative review.
In International Journal Of Language & Communication Disorders;
DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12469

2019

What Our Hands Tell Us: A Two-Year Follow-Up Investigating Outcomes in Subgroups of Children With Language Delay
O'Neill, H; Murphy, CA; Chiat, S
(2019) What Our Hands Tell Us: A Two-Year Follow-Up Investigating Outcomes in Subgroups of Children With Language Delay
In Journal Of Speech Language And Hearing Research;
DOI: doi.org/10.1044/2018_JSLHR-L-17-0261

2019

Engaging multiple stakeholders to improve speech and language therapy services in schools: An appreciative inquiry-based study
Gallagher A.;Murphy C.;Conway P.;Perry A.
(2019) Engaging multiple stakeholders to improve speech and language therapy services in schools: An appreciative inquiry-based study
In Bmc Health Services Research;
DOI: 10.1186/s12913-019-4051-z

2019

The limits of evidence and the implications of context: considerations when implementing pathways to intervention for children with language disorders
Murphy, CA
(2019) The limits of evidence and the implications of context: considerations when implementing pathways to intervention for children with language disorders
In International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders; HOBOKEN : pp. 20-23
DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984.12425

2019

Moving Beyond Traditional Understandings of Evidence-Based Practice: A Total Evidence and Knowledge Approach (TEKA) to Treatment Evaluation and Clinical Decision Making in Speech-Language Pathology
McCurtin A.;Murphy C.;Roddam H.
(2019) Moving Beyond Traditional Understandings of Evidence-Based Practice: A Total Evidence and Knowledge Approach (TEKA) to Treatment Evaluation and Clinical Decision Making in Speech-Language Pathology
In Seminars in Speech and Language; pp. 370-393
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1694996

2017

Phase 2 of CATALISE: a multinational and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study of problems with language development: Terminology
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
In Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry And Allied Disciplines;
DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12721
[ULIR]

2016

Schools as sanctuaries: A systematic review of contextual factors which contribute to student retention in alternative education
O'Gorman, E,Salmon, N,Murphy, CA
(2016) Schools as sanctuaries: A systematic review of contextual factors which contribute to student retention in alternative education
In International Journal Of Inclusive Education; pp. 536-551
DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1095251

2016

"CATALISE: A Multinational and Multidisciplinary Delphi Consensus Study. Identifying Language Impairments in Children."
Dorothy V. M. Bishop, Margaret J. Snowling, Paul A. Thompson, Trish Greenhalgh & the CATALISE consortium.
(2016) "CATALISE: A Multinational and Multidisciplinary Delphi Consensus Study. Identifying Language Impairments in Children."
In PLOS One;
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158753
[ULIR]

2009

An Exploratory Study into the Experiences of Adolescents with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in Ireland: Insights from Parents and Adolescents.
Lavin, KE; Norman, HA; Murphy, CA
(2009) An Exploratory Study into the Experiences of Adolescents with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in Ireland: Insights from Parents and Adolescents.
In Journal Of Clinical Speech And Language Studies; pp. 92-110

2008

The Efficacy of Teaching Context Clues from Text, for Word Learning, To Older School Aged Children with SLI.
Cahill, M; Murphy, CA
(2008) The Efficacy of Teaching Context Clues from Text, for Word Learning, To Older School Aged Children with SLI.
In Journal Of Clinical Speech And Language Studies; pp. 69-91

2008

Exploring Sentence Level Difficulties in Children with Specific Language Impairment.
Murphy, CA
(2008) Exploring Sentence Level Difficulties in Children with Specific Language Impairment.
In Journal Of Clinical Speech And Language Studies; pp. 55-68

Conference Publications

2018

International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting
O'Donoghue, M., Kennedy, N., Forbes, J., and Murphy, C.A.
(2018) International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting

2018

CPLOL 10th European Congress of Speech and Language therapy
Gallagher, A.L., Murphy, C-A., Conway, P & Perry, A
(2018) CPLOL 10th European Congress of Speech and Language therapy
Cascais, Portugal

2018

CPLOL 10th European Congress of Speech and Language therapy,
Saldana, D., Murphy, C-A., Gerrits, E., McKean, C., Topbas, S., Thordardottir, E, Beckermann, E & Law, J
(2018) CPLOL 10th European Congress of Speech and Language therapy,
Cascais, Portugal

2018

CPLOL 10th European Congress of Speech and Language therapy
Murphy, C-A., Jensen De Lopez, K., Vulchanova, Mila., Laasonen, M., Kunnari, S, Frizelle, P and Saldana, D.
(2018) CPLOL 10th European Congress of Speech and Language therapy
Cascais, Portugal.

2016

IALP (International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics) 30th World Congress, Creating the Future Now
Murphy, C.A.
(2016) IALP (International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics) 30th World Congress, Creating the Future Now

2016

IALP (International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics) 30th World Congress, Creating the Future Now
Murphy, C.A & Saldana, D
(2016) IALP (International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics) 30th World Congress, Creating the Future Now

2015

IASLT Biennial Conference, Speaking Out: Exploring Clinical Practice, Knowledge and Evidence
Murphy, C.A.
(2015) IASLT Biennial Conference, Speaking Out: Exploring Clinical Practice, Knowledge and Evidence

2014

International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)
Whelan, J., Doyle, K. & Murphy, C.A.
(2014) International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)

2013

IASLT Conference Talking Heads
Gallagher, J., Heraghty, C & Murphy, C.A.
(2013) IASLT Conference Talking Heads

2013

Child Language Seminar (CLS)
Murphy, C.A., Letts, C & Howard, D.
(2013) Child Language Seminar (CLS)

2012

International Clinical Phonetics & Linguistics Association (ICPLA)
Murphy, C.A., Howard, D & Letts, C.
(2012) International Clinical Phonetics & Linguistics Association (ICPLA)
Cork.

2011

Child Language Seminar (CLS),
Murphy, C.A., Howard, D & Letts, C.
(2011) Child Language Seminar (CLS),
Newcastle University, UK

2011

International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) triennial conference
Murphy, C.A.
(2011) International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) triennial conference
Montreal, Canada

2010

Child Language Seminar
Murphy, C.A. Howard, D & Letts, C.
(2010) Child Language Seminar
City University London

2009

Have done, doing, will do. Biennial Conference of Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists.
Carol-Anne Murphy
(2009) Have done, doing, will do. Biennial Conference of Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists.
pp. 29-29

2007

IASLT Special Interest Group in SLI: Inaugural meeting.
Murphy, C.A.
(2007) IASLT Special Interest Group in SLI: Inaugural meeting.

2007

Spotlight on speech and language therapy: Many roles, one profession. IASLT Biannual conference.
Coll, B; Murphy, C.A.
(2007) Spotlight on speech and language therapy: Many roles, one profession. IASLT Biannual conference.

2007

Spotlight on Speech and Language Therapy. Many Roles One Profession. IASLT Biannual Conference
Murphy, C.A.
(2007) Spotlight on Speech and Language Therapy. Many Roles One Profession. IASLT Biannual Conference

2006

Clinical Therapies Research Day.
Murphy, C.A.
(2006) Clinical Therapies Research Day.

Conference Contributions

2018

Bulgarian National Association of Logopedists/New University of Bulgaria. New technologies in the diagnostics and therapy of developmental disorders
Murphy, C-A.
(2018) Bulgarian National Association of Logopedists/New University of Bulgaria. New technologies in the diagnostics and therapy of developmental disorders
Sofia, Bulgaria

2017

Teacher Educator National Forum
Murphy, C-A., Fitzgerald, J and Egan, M.
(2017) Teacher Educator National Forum
University of Limerick

2015

Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial conference
Murphy, C-A.
(2015) Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial conference
Dublin

Other Publications

2020

Systematic Review of Peer-Mediated Intervention for Children with Autism Who Are Minimally Verbal
O’Donoghue M.;O’Dea A.;O’Leary N.;Kennedy N.;Forbes J.;Murphy C.A.
(2020) Systematic Review of Peer-Mediated Intervention for Children with Autism Who Are Minimally Verbal
In Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders;
DOI: 10.1007/s40489-020-00201-2

2017

Supporting Children with Developmental Language Disorder in Ireland. IASLT Position Paper and Guidance Document
Curry, R, Finn, A, Murphy, CA & Tangney, A
(2017) Supporting Children with Developmental Language Disorder in Ireland. IASLT Position Paper and Guidance Document
IASLT

2015

News from the World of Child Language
Murphy, CA
(2015) News from the World of Child Language
In IASLT Update; IASLT