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Kathryn Crowe is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Iceland, and holds adjunct positions with the  Center for Education Research Partnerships (National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology) and the School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University. She has worked as a speech pathologist, academic, and researcher in a range of early childhood, school-aged, and tertiary settings. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and Bachelor of Arts, majoring in linguistics, a Master of Special Education (Sensory Disability), and a PhD, as well as Diploma in Auslan/English interpreting. She is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship awardee (2016-2017), University of Iceland Postdoctoral Awardee (2019-2021), a member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech, and a member of the Global Young Academy. Kathryn is associate editor of the journal Speech, Language and Hearing.

Kathryn’s research has focused on cultural and linguistic diversity in children with hearing loss and their families and she has worked closely with Professor Sharynne McLeod and Professor Marc Marschark. Kathryn’s current work is exploring linguistic and cognitive factors which inform how we teach DHH learners and supporting multilingual learners, particularly multilingual learners who are DHH. She is currently involved with projects examining semantic skills, speech and sign production, categorization, vision loss, dual sensory loss, and interventions. Her other areas of research interest include speech acquisition in typically hearing children who speak different languages, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF), United Nationsl Sustainable Development goals, and professional practice for speech-language pathologists and educators.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Special Education, MSpEd(Sensory Disability), Professionals’ perspectives on spoken language multilingualism for children with hearing loss, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 01 May 2015

Speech Pathology, PhD, Multilingual children with hearing loss: Communication and choices, Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 01 Dec 2013

Interpreting, DipInterp(Auslan/English)

Award Date: 01 May 2005

Linguistics, BA, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 01 May 2002

Speech Pathology, BSpPath(Hons), University of Newcastle

Award Date: 01 May 2001

External positions

Researcher, University of Iceland

2019 → …

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Copenhagen


Postdoctoral Scholar, Rochester Institute of Technology


Research Speech Pathologist, National Acoustic Laboratories


Speech Pathologist, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children



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