Dr Clare McCann

BSLT, MA (Dist), PhD (Reading), Reg HCPC, MRCSLT, MNZSTA

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

My current research focuses on language processing from different perspectives, including cognitive and language processing in adolescents and adults with aphasia, and the psychosocial impacts of living with aphasia. I am particularly interested in the interface between linguistics, psycholinguistics and aphasia.

New research projects aim to investigate

  • The differences between language processing and auditory processing after a stroke
  • Language difficulties in adolescents

Current projects

  • Verb production in fluent aphasia: We know that verbs and sentences are problematic in aphasia (both fluent and nonfluent). Using the Argument Structure Complexity Hypothesis, this study investigated the linguistic and psycholinguistic bases for verb production deficits in fluent aphasia.
  • Measuring word frequency: For some time word frequency has been used as one of a range of reliable predictors of difficulty in evaluating lexical retrieval (in cases of word-finding difficulty). In order to better understand the usefulness of frequency as a measure, this study analysed a number of word frequency databases.

Teaching | Current

  • Language and "normal" ageing (SPCHSCI 711)
  • Neuroanatomy of speech and language (SPCHSCI 713)
  • Acquired communication disorders (SPCHSCI 723)
  • Topics in communication disorders in adults (SPCHSCI 736)
  • Language processing and cognitive psychology (PSYCH 201)
  • Psychology of acquired communication disorders (PSYCH 313)
  • Applied Psychology (PSYCH 300)
  • Clinical educator to students in clinical practice

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • McCann, C. M., Plourde, J., Moore, C., & Purdy, S. C. (2020). Linguistic analysis in public speaking: evidence from a Gavel Club for people with aphasia. Clinical linguistics & phonetics, 1-16. 10.1080/02699206.2020.1830302
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Purdy
  • VanSolkema, M., McCann, C., Barker-Collo, S., & Foster, A. (2020). Attention and Communication Following TBI: Making the Connection through a Meta-Narrative Systematic Review. Neuropsychology review, 30 (3), 345-361. 10.1007/s11065-020-09445-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Barker-Collo
  • Howard, K., McCann, C., & Dudley, M. (2020). 'It was like more easier': Rangatahi (Young People) and Their whanau (Family) Talk About Communication Assistance in the New Zealand Youth Justice System. YOUTH JUSTICE-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL10.1177/1473225420923763
  • Bright, F. A. S., McCann, C. M., & Kayes, N. M. (2020). Recalibrating hope: A longitudinal study of the experiences of people with aphasia after stroke. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, 34 (2), 428-435. 10.1111/scs.12745
  • Howard, K., McCann, C., & Dudley, M. (2020). 'I was flying blind a wee bit': Professionals' perspectives on challenges facing communication assistance in the New Zealand youth justice system. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE & PROOF, 24 (2), 104-120. 10.1177/1365712719877893
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Makarena Dudley
  • Brewer, K. M., McCann, C. M., & Harwood, M. L. N. (2020). Working with Maori adults with aphasia: an online professional development course for speech-language therapists. APHASIOLOGY10.1080/02687038.2020.1738329
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Karen Brewer, Matire Harwood
  • Howard, K., McCann, C., & Dudley, M. (2020). What is communication assistance? Describing a new and emerging profession in the New Zealand youth justice system. Psychiatry, psychology, and law : an interdisciplinary journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 27 (2), 300-314. 10.1080/13218719.2020.1719378
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Makarena Dudley
  • Howard, K., McCann, C., & Dudley, M. (2019). 'It's really good horizontal ellipsis why hasn't it happened earlier?' Professionals' perspectives on the benefits of communication assistance in the New Zealand youth justice system. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, 53 (2), 265-284. 10.1177/0004865819890377
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Makarena Dudley


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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2094
New Zealand

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