Dr Linda Susan Hand

PhD, MA, DipEd, BA, DipTch. MASHA, MNZSTA

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Honorary Academic

Biography

Linda joined the Speech Sciences Programme in the Psychology Department (now the School of Psychology) in September 2007 after 20 years at the University of Sydney. She is a pakeha New Zealander, and was originally educated as a speech language therapist at the Canterbury College of Education after completing a BA in LInguistics and Psychology at the University of Canterbury in 1978. Linda worked as a speech language therapist for the Department of Education in NZ for 7 years before completing an MA in speech pathology at the University of Iowa, and a year or so later moving to Sydney to take a position with the then Lidcombe College of Health Sciences which became part of the University fo Sydney, in 1987. She completed her PhD in Linguistics (Discourse Analysis) at MacQuarie University in 2003.

Research | Current

  • The study of different cultural and language groups of children with language disorders, and professional practices around them. For example the scores on language assessment tools of children from Arabic-speaking backgrounds with or without language disorders; the effects of interpreter input in child narratives in Cantonese.
  • Examining areas of language disorders in children that are about discourses or language texts. For example, examining narratives of adolescents with and without language disorders for the nature of their syntax, language of affect, and other systems.
  • The examination of professional discourses within speech-language therapy practices; For example, the use of politeness markers of involvement in speech-language therapists talking with parents; the construction of the client in speech-language therapy discourses; and the language of therapy.

Teaching | Current

Dr Hand's teaching involves a number of courses within the Speech Sciences masters (MSLT) programme concerning child language disorders and her other areas of scholarship. She also teaches in an undergraduate unit in Psychology (313). She is a a clinical educator to MSLT students, and conducts inservice and other courses to practitioners and students of other fields including education, interpreting, and medicine.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Hand supervises PhD, MSc and MSLT students in research studies across a number of areas and has done do for several decades, along with research projects in Hons, undergrad and post-grad diploma studies. She strongly encourages and assists research students to present their work at national and international conferences and to publish in refereed journals whereever possible.

Areas of expertise

Dr Linda Hand is a specialist in the area of child language difficulties. She has a background in functional lingusitics including discourse analysis, and a particular interest in cultural and linguistic diversity. She is a founder of 'Talking Trouble NZ", a group dedcated to educating and researching in the area of the oral language difficulties of young  people caught up in the legal system. Dr Hand is a speech language therapist by profession.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Zahir, M. Z., Miles, A., Hand, L., & Ward, E. C. (2020). Speech language therapy services for children in Small Island Developing States–the situation in the Maldives. Speech, Language and Hearing10.1080/2050571X.2020.1776948
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Miles
  • Hand, L. (2017). Speech Language Therapy and the Youth Justice arena; progress, considerations and future needs. Paper presented at NZSTA Symposium, Rotorua. 7 September - 8 September 2017.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38235
  • Hand, L., Lount, S., McCann, C., & Kedge, S. (2017). Communication Issues and Young People in the Youth Justice system: The NZ experience and research. Paper presented at Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Sydney, Australia. 28 May - 31 May 2017.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39990
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare McCann
  • Hand, L. S., & Stephenson, M. (2017). Assessing young people in Youth Justice; the development and trialing of an oral communication assessment tool for the use of those working with young people in Youth Justice contexts. Paper presented at Speech Pathology Australia National Conference 2017, Sydney, Australia. 28 May - 31 May 2017.
  • Hand, L., Lount, S., McCann, C., & Kedge, S. (2017). Communication Issues and Young People in the Youth Justice system: The NZ experience and research.. Paper presented at Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, Sydney, Australia. 28 May - 31 May 2017.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40327
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare McCann
  • Lount, S. A., Hand, L., Purdy, S. C., & France, A. (2017). Tough talk: Youth offenders’ perceptions of communicating in the Youth Justice system in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology10.1177/0004865817740404
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40000
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Purdy, Alan France
  • Lount, S. A., Purdy, S. C., & Hand, L. (2017). Hearing, auditory processing, and language skills of male youth offenders and remandees in youth justice residences in New Zealand. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60 (1), 121-135. 10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0131
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33062
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Purdy
  • Asad, A. N., Purdy, S. C., & Hand, L. (2016). Dynamic Assessment of Narrative Abilities of Children With Hearing Loss: Case Study of a Child With Moderate to Severe Hearing Loss. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 1 (9), 68-86. 10.1044/persp1.SIG9.68
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33099
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Purdy

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 2, Room 2062
28 PARK AVE
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand