About Professor Leanne Togher

My goal is to improve the quality of life of people with traumatic brain injury and their families by improving the way they communicate.

Professor Togher is a leading researcher in the field of communication disorders following traumatic brain injury.

My international research record is reflected in status as an invited paid Plenary speaker at major international meetings, an invited speaker at major national meetings, Editorial Board membership of international specialist journals and invitations to teach overseas and collaborate with overseas investigators. I have regular visits from scholars from the United States of America, United Kingdom and South Africa.  My profile and standing at the national and international level is shown by lead investigator status on one major national grant (NHMRC), co-investigator on two major national grants (NHMRC), eight national grants from specialist agencies and 11 grants from other sources.I have 26 peer reviewed journal publications, 6 book chapters, 1 edited book, 2 professional training packages and over 70 national and international presentations since 1995. My research is published in first-rate specialist journals in speech pathology. A citation analysis conducted using Web of Science on 25 February, 2007 reveals that I am the equal top international speech pathology researcher working in the field of adult traumatic brain injury and communication.  My recent record has been affected by 2 periods of career interruption due to maternity leave, both of 12 months duration.  My research has advanced the assessment and treatment of communication problems following brain injury by providing new ways of analysing the discourse of people with communication disorders.  I led the design and conduct of an innovative large multi-centre trial into the effects of including families in the treatment of communication problems after brain injury. I have independently developed the first training package for law and justice personnel to improve interactions with people with brain injury. 10,000 staff of the NSW Attorney General’s Department will complete this training.  NSW Police recruits are also trained how to interact with people with brain injury using my communication training methods.  My edited book is used in over 20 international university curricula. I am a chief investigator on projects which will improve evidence-based practice for practitioners working with people with acquired brain injury. PsycBITETM (www. psycbite.com), a freely available website for improving evidence based practice in treatment of psychological disorders after brain injury, was launched last year. This website lists all papers relevant to this area and we have developed a rating system which indicates each paper’s methodological rigour.  I am the leader of speechBITE™, a similar web-based evidence based practice database for the speech pathology profession, which will be launched in 2007. I review regularly for a range of journals in speech pathology and rehabilitation and am on a number of Editorial Boards.

Selected publications

  • Tate, R., Perdices, M., McDonald,  S., Togher,  L., Moseley, A., Winders, K., Kangas, M.,  Schultz, R. & Smith, K. (2004). Development of a database of rehabilitation therapies for the psychological consequences of acquired brain impairment, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 14 (5), 517-534.
  • Togher, L., McDonald, S, Code, C. & Grant, S. (2004). Training communication partners of people with traumatic brain injury: a randomised controlled trial, Aphasiology, 18 (4), 313-335.
  • Togher, L. (2001). Discourse sampling in the 21st century, Journal of Communication Disorders, 34,1/2, 131-150. (Invited paper in Special Issue on Speech Pathology in the New Millenium, Editor: Prof. Audrey Holland).
  • Togher, L. (2000). Giving information: The importance of context on communicative opportunity for people with traumatic brain injury, Aphasiology, 14,365-390.
  • 4. Togher, L. & Hand, L. (1999). The macrostructure of the interview: Are traumatic brain injury interactions structured differently to control interactions? Aphasiology, 13, 709-723.
  • Togher, L., Hand, L. & Code, C. (1999). Exchanges of information in the talk of people with traumatic brain injury. In: Communication disorders following traumatic brain injury. Brain damage, behaviour and cognition series.  McDonald, S., Togher, L. and Code, C. (Eds.), (113-145), Hove, UK: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis (UK)
  • Togher, L., McDonald, S. & Code, C. (1999). Communication problems following traumatic brain Injury. In: Communication disorders following traumatic brain injury. Brain damage, behaviour and cognition series. McDonald, S., Togher, L. and Code, C. (Eds.), (pp. 1-18), Hove, UK: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis (UK).
  • Togher, L. & Hand, L. (1998). Use of Politeness Markers with Different Communication Partners: An Investigation of Five Subjects with Traumatic Brain Injury. Aphasiology, 12, 755-770.
  • Togher, L., Hand, L. & Code, C. (1997). Analysing discourse in the traumatic brain injury population: Telephone interactions with different communication partners. Brain Injury, 11, 169-189.
  • Togher, L., Hand, L. & Code, C. (1997). Measuring service encounters with the traumatic brain injury population. Aphasiology, 11, 491-504.