Dr Rebecca Nund

Lecturer in Speech Pathology

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Rebecca Nund is a Lecturer and Early Career Researcher in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. She is a member of the Communication Disability Centre and an affiliate of the Centre for Functioning and Health Research (CFAHR). Dr Nund has published over 15 research articles and book chapters with her main focus on the impacts of swallowing disorders in head and neck cancer on survivors and their families. She has a special interest in qualitative research and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Dr Nund teaches across all years of the Undergraduate and Graduate Entry Master's Speech Pathology Program.

Research Interests

  • Swallowing disorders
  • International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • Third-Party Disability
  • Family-Centred Care
  • Psychosocial Impact of Swallowing Disorders
  • Psychosocial Interventions for Swallowing Disorders
  • Head and neck cancer

Research Impacts

Dr Nund is an emerging leader in the psychosocial impacts of swallowing disorders following head and neck cancer. She has been invited to present at both national and international conferences regarding her work on understanding survivor and family members perspectives of living with swallowing disorders post head and neck cancer treatment.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

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Book Chapter

  • Bennett, Sally, Abell, Bridget, Bennett, John, Bogossian, Fiona, Ee, Carolyn, Jennings, Paul, Nissen, Lisa, Nund, Rebecca and Williams, Cylie (2017). Understanding evidence from qualitative research: examples of assessment of quality (critical appraisal) from different health professions. In Tammy Hoffman, Sally Bennett and Chris Del Mar (Ed.), Evidence based practice across the health professions 3rd ed. (pp. 248-291) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier.

  • Nund, Rebecca L., Scarinci, Nerina A., Cartmill, Bena and Ward, Elizabeth C. (2015). Dysphagia and the family. In Renee Speyer and Hans Bogaardt (Ed.), Seminars in Dysphagia (pp. 159-175) Rijeka, Croatia: InTech - Open Access Publisher. doi:10.5772/58665

  • Cartmill, Bena, Nund, Rebecca L. and Ward, Elizabeth C. (2014). Managing survivorship: Issues for the patient and carer. In Elizabeth C. Ward and Corina J. van as Brooks (Ed.), Head and Neck Cancer: Treatment, Rehabilitation and Outcomes 2nd ed. (pp. 525-539) San Diege, CA: Plural Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Wall, Laurelie, Cartmill, Bena, Ward, Elizabeth, Hill, Anne J., Nund, Rebecca L., Hutchison, Alana, Isenring, Elizabeth, Byrnes, Joshua, Chambers, Suzanne, Dunn, Jeff, Nixon, Jodie and Porceddu, Sandro V. (2016). Prevalence of mealtime-specific distress in carers of head/neck cancer patients receiving (chemo) radiotherapy. In: Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting. Dysphagia Research Society, Tucson, AZ, (). 25-27 February 2016.

  • Ward, Elizabeth, Hill, Anne E., Nund, Rebecca, Dodrill, Pamela, Walker-Smith, Katie, Rumbach, Anna, Wright, Sarah and Kelly, Kristine (2014). Using patient simulation (HPS) for development of technical and non-technical skills for dysphagia management.. In: Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course. Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting and Post-Graduate Course, Tennessee, United States, (779-780). 5–8 March 2014. doi:10.1007/s00455-014-9571-4

  • Nund, Rebecca, Ward, Elizabeth, Scarinci, Nerina, Cartmill, Bena, Kuipers, Pim and Porceddu, Sandro (2012). Living with dysphagia: insights and implications for Speech Pathology Services for patients in the Survivorship Phase of head and neck cancer. In: Abstracts of the Joint Meeting of the COSA (Clinical Oncological Society of Australia) 39th Annual Scientific Meeting and IPOS 14th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology. COSA 39th Annual Scientific Meeting and IPOS 14th World Congress of Psycho–Oncology, Brisbane QLD, Australia, (328-328). 13-15 November 2012. doi:10.1111/ajco.12030

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.