About Dr Alison Purcell

Dr Purcell is actively involved with the clinical management of infants and children with hearing loss and craniofacial anomalies such as cleft palate and velocardiofacial syndrome.

Dr Purcell’s active research interests and projects are focused on speech and language development and disorders in infants and children with hearing loss and craniofacial anomalies such as cleft palate.

Dr Purcell is actively involved with the clinical management of infants and children with hearing loss and craniofacial anomalies such as cleft palate and velocardiofacial syndrome. The difficulties that children with hearing loss and craniofacial anomalies and their families encounter in communication across the lifespan prompted her to research ways to improve the speech and language outcomes for these children. Dr Purcell’s research has examined how best to measure perceptual speech outcomes to assist the evaluation of the best type of intervention, the development of speech and language in infants with hearing loss and cleft palate and some intervention research to determine the efficacy of different types of intervention. Dr Purcell has also explored how best to assist parents of children with hearing loss and cleft palate at the time of diagnosis.

Selected publications

  • Leven, R. & Purcell, A. (2005) The Parent’s Perspective:  Meeting Support Needs Following Prenatal Diagnosis of Cleft Lip and/or Palate (CL/P) In Proceedings of the International Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Association Congress, Durban, South Africa
  • Purcell, A. Onslow, van Doorn, J. (2004) Speech outcome following a two-stage versus three-stage surgical repair for bilateral cleft lip and palate. In Proceedings of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Leven, R. & Purcell, A. (2004) What parents need following an antenatal diagnosis of cleft lip and palate. In Proceedings of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Purcell, A. (2003) Cleft lip and palate: Looking at the big picture without the rose coloured glasses. ACQ, 5, 95-98.
  • Wright, M., Purcell, A. & Reed, V.A. (2002) Cochlear Implants and infants: Expectations and outcomes. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, Supplement 189, 111, 5, 131-137.
  • Davies, E., Purcell, A. & Wilson, M. (2001) Speech, Resonance and Feeding Characteristics of Children with 22q11.2 Deletion. In Proceedings of the 2001 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, 111 – 118, Melbourne, May, 2001.
  • Gooze´Çłe, N., Purcell, A. & Baker, E. (2001) Sonority and the Acquisition of Consonant Clusters in a Child with Cleft Lip and Palate. In Proceedings of the 2001 Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, 119 – 126, Melbourne, May, 2001.
  • Wright,M., Purcell, A. & Reed, V. A. (2000) Prelinguistic Development of Profoundly Hearing Impaired babies: Pre and Post Cochlear Implantation. In Proceedings of 19th International Congress on Education of the Deaf, Sydney, July, 2000.
  • van Doorn, J. & Purcell, A.(1998) Nasalance levels in the Speech of Normal Australian Children. Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Journal,35, 287-292.
  • van Doorn J, McLeod S, Baker E, Purcell A, Thorpe W. (1998) Speech Technology in Clinical Environments. In Proceedings of International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP98), 3, 911-914, Sydney, December 1998.