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Sharynne McLeod, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor at Charles Sturt University, Australia specialising in speech and language acquisition. She is a speech-language pathologist and her transformative research has reframed the profession by foregrounding communication rights and social justice, and by enhancing equitable participation for multilingual  children with speech, language and communication needs. She leads a large team to champion diversity and inclusion, aligning with Australia's values of multiculturalism and social harmony. 

She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, and President of the International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association. She has been an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, and Elected Board Member of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP). She has received Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is a Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales

The Australian Newspaper named Professor McLeod as Australia’s Research Field Leader in Audiology, Speech and Language Pathology in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022 and best in the world based on the quality, volume and impact of work” in 2019 and 2023. She has won Editor’s Awards from the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing: Speech (2018), the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2019), and Topics in Language Disorders (2020).

Professor McLeod is on the editorial board of International Journal of Speech-Language PathologyClinical Linguistics and PhoneticsChild Language Teaching and TherapySpeech, Language and HearingJournal of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech, and Advances in Communication and Swallowing. Additionally, she is Co-Chair of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech, and was the founding Chair of the Child Speech committee of IALP. 

Professor McLeod's research foregrounds the right of everyone (particularly children) to participate fully in society. She has advocated for communication rights at the United Nations and provided expertise to the World Health Organization.  Professor McLeod's research focuses on monolingual and multilingual children's speech acquisition. She also researches the prevalence and impact of childhood speech sound disorders and links this to policy and service delivery issues. Her Multilingual Children’s Speech website has free resources in over 80 languages. 

Professor McLeod has been an invited speaker at many American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conventions as well as at conferences and universities in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Viet Nam, UK, US and Zambia.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Bristol


Honorary Professor (Adjunct), Australian Catholic University


Visiting Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University


Honorary Professor (Adjunct), University of Technology Sydney


Subject keywords

  • speech-language pathology
  • early childhood education
  • communication rights
  • children's speech
  • multilingualism
  • speech sound disorder


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