Professor Deborah Theodoros

Director, Recover Injury Res Ctr

RECOVER Injury Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
d.theodoros@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 55344

Overview

Professor Debroah Theodoros is Director, RECOVER Injury Research Centre, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, UQ. She is an academic speech pathologist with over 40 years of clinical and research experience. She served as Head of Speech Pathology at UQ from 2004-2014. She is a founder and co-director of the multidisciplinary Centre for Research in Telerehabilitation (CRT) within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at UQ. She has an established program of research across two distinct but intersecting areas: (1) the management of motor speech and voice disorders, involving the use of intensive treatment protocols; and (2) the development and validation of telerehabilitation applications in speech pathology. She has been awarded seven NHMRC Project grants in telerehabilitation, and is CIB in a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth. She leads the Home Care theme of the CRE. The impact of her research in this area has been evident in commercialisation, policy, and more recently in the establishment of a Telerehabilitation Clinic at UQ. Currently she leads a program of research in telerehabilitation in the RECOVER Injury Research Centre.

Professor Theodoros has received a career total of $11 million in competitive grant funding ($6.7 million in last five years). She has been awarded eight NHMRC Project grants, three of these as CIA. She received the first NHMRC Project Grant (301029) in telerehabilitation, and has since been awarded another 6 grants (401604, 455922, 631514, 1002472, 104809, 1129347) in this area.

Research Interests

  • Telerehabilitation applications in speech pathology
    Development and validation of telerehabilitation applications for the assessment and management of communication and swallowing disorders in progressive and nonprogressive neurological conditions
  • Treatment efficacy in Dysarthria
    Development of new treatment programs for nonprogressive dysarthria
  • Treatment efficacy in Voice disorders
    Investigation of intensive treatments for voice disorders

Research Impacts

The impact of Professor Theodoros' research is evident in the development of telerehabilitation technology, policy work, student clinical education and clinical services. Professor Theodoros has contributed to the development of a multi-media videoconferencing system, eHAB® for rehabilitation consultations within the home, specifically speech pathology services. eHAB® has been commercialised through a start-up company, NeoRehab, and supported by four Federal and State government commercialisation awards. eHAB® is being used by several government and non-government organisations. Her research has impacted significantly on telehealth policy by providing the evidence for telerehabilitation in speech pathology. Such evidence has underpinned several telepractice position papers (Speech Pathology Australia, American Speech and Hearing Association, American Telemedicine Association). In 2014, Professor Theodoros was successful in acquiring a $500,000 philanthropic donation to establish a Telerehabilitation Clinic which is the first of its kind in Australia and will provide student clinical education in this service delivery mode and community telerehabilitation services.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • B. of Speech Therapy (Honours), The University of Queensland

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Supervision

  • (2018) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Theodoros, Deborah (2013). Speech-language pathology and telerehabilitation. In Sajeesh Kumar and Ellen R. Cohn (Ed.), Telerehabilitation (pp. 311-323) London, United Kingdom: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-4198-3_21

  • Theodoros, Deborah (2013). The role of the speech pathologist in the rehabilitation of people with movement disorders. In Robert Iansek and Meg E. Morris (Ed.), Rehabilitation in movement disorders (pp. 110-123) West Nyack, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139012942.011

  • Theodoros, Deborah (2011). Speech disorder in Parkinson disease. In Deborah Theodoros and Lorraine Ramig (Ed.), Communication and swallowing in Parkinson disease (pp. 51-88) San Diego, CA,USA: Plural Publishing.

  • Theodoros, Deborah (2011). Telerehabilitation and the assessment of motor speech disorders. In Anja Lowit and Raymond D. Kent (Ed.), Assessment of motor speech disorders (pp. 175-191) San Diego, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

  • Theodoros, Deborah (2010). Dysarthria-clumsy hand syndrome (DCHS). In Harrison N. Jones and John C. Rosenbek (Ed.), Dysphagia in rare conditions: An encyclopedia (pp. 179-184) San Diego, CA., U.S.A.: Plural Publishing.

  • Murdoch, B. E., Ward, E. C. and Theodoros, D. G. (2009). Spastic dysarthria. In M. R. McNeil (Ed.), Clinical Management of Sensorimotor Speech Disorders 2nd ed. (pp. 187-203) New York, United States: Thieme Medical Publishers.

  • Theodoros, D. and Russell, T. (2008). Telerehabilitation: current perspectives. In Rifat Latifi (Ed.), Current principles and practices of telemedicine and e-health (pp. 191-209) Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

  • Murdoch, B. E., Whelan, B., Theodoros, D. G. and Silburn, P. (2003). Subcortical aphasia: Evidence from stereotactic surgical lesions. In I. Papathanasiou and R. de Bleser (Ed.), The Sciences of Aphasia: From Therapy to Theory 1 ed. (pp. 65-92) UK: Elsevier.

  • Theodoros, D.G., Murdoch, B. E. and Goozee, J. V. (2001). Articulatory dysfunction following traumatic brain injury. In B E Murdoch and D E Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 53-73) San Diego: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Hinchliffe, F. J., Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D.G. (2001). Discourse production in traumatic brain injury. In B.E. Murdoch and D.G. Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 223-246) San Diego, CA: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Cahill, L. M., Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D.G. (2001). Dysarthria following traumatic brain injury in childhood. In B. E. Murdoch and D. G. Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 121-153) Canada: Singular Publishers.

  • Theodoros, D.G., Murdoch, B. E. and Goozee, J. V. (2001). Dysarthria following traumatic brain injury: Incidence, recovery and perceptual features. In B E Murdoch and D G Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 27-51) San Diego: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D.G. (2001). Introduction: Epidemiology, neuropathophysiology and medical aspects of traumatic brain injury. In B.E. Murdoch and D.G. Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 1-23) San Diego, CA: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D.G. (2001). Language disorders following traumatic brain injury in childhood. In B.E. Murdoch and D.G. Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 247-271) San Diego, CA: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Theodoros, D.G. and Murdoch, B. E. (2001). Laryngeal dysfunction following Traumatic Brain Injury. In B. E. Murdoch and D. G. Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 89-108) San Diego: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Hinchliffe, F. J., Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D.G. (2001). Linguistic deficits in adults subsequent to traumatic brain injury. In B.E. Murdoch and D.G. Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 199-222) San Diego, CA: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D.G. (2001). Speech breathing impairments following traumatic brain injury. In B.E. Murdoch and D.G. Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 109-119) San Diego, CA: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Hinchliffe, F. J., Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D.G. (2001). Treatment of cognitive-linguistic communication disorders following traumatic brain injury. In B.E. Murdoch and D.G. Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 273-309) San Diego, CA: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Theodoros, D.G. and Murdoch, B. E. (2001). Treatment of dysarthria following traumatic brain injury. In B E Murdoch and D G Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 155-196) San Diego: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Theodoros, D.G. and Murdoch, B. E. (2001). Velopharyngeal dysfunction following traumatic brain injury. In B E Murdoch and D G Theodoros (Ed.), Traumatic Brain Injury: Associated speech, language, and swallowing disorders (pp. 75-88) San Diego: Singular Thomson Learning.

  • Murdoch, Bruce E., Theodoros, Deborah G and Ward, Elizabeth C. (2000). Articulatory and velopharyngeal dysfunction in multiple sclerosis. In Speech and language disorders in multiple sclerosis (pp. 47-63) London: Whurr.

  • Murdoch, B. E., Ward, E. C. and Theodoros, D. G. (2000). Dysarthria: Clinical features, neuroanatomical framework and assessment. In Ilias Papathanasiou (Ed.), Acquired neurogenic communication disorders : a clinical perspective 1st ed. (pp. 103-148) London, UK: Whurr Publishers Ltd.

  • Theodoros, D. G., Murdoch, B. E. and Ward, E. C. (2000). Laryngeal and respiratory dysfunction in multiple sclerosis. In Bruce E. Murdoch and Deborah G. Theodoros (Ed.), Speech and language disorders in multiple sclerosis 1st ed. (pp. 64-79) London: Whurr Publishers.

  • Theodoros, D. G., Murdoch, B. E. and Ward, E. C. (2000). Perceptual features of dysarthria in multiple sclerosis. In Bruce E. Murdoch and Deborah G. Theodoros (Ed.), Speech and language disorders in multiple sclerosis (pp. 15-29) London: Whurr Publishers.

  • Hinchliffe, F., Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D. G. (2000). Treatment of language disorders in multiple sclerosis. In B. E. Murdoch and D. G. Theodoros (Ed.), Speech and Language Disorders in Multiple Sclerosis (pp. 195-225) London: Whurr.

  • Theodoros, D. G. and Ward, E. C. (2000). Treatment of motor speech disorders in multiple sclerosis. In B. E. Murdoch and D. G. Theodoros (Ed.), Speech and Language Disorders in Multiple Sclerosis (pp. 80-105) London: Whurr Publishers.

  • Murdoch, B. E. and Theodoros, D. G. (1999). Dysarthria Following Traumatic Brain Injury. In Skye McDonald, Leanne Togher and Chris Code (Ed.), Communication disorders following traumatic brain injury (pp. 211-233) UK: Psychology Press.

  • Thompson-Ward, E.C. and Theodoros, D.G. (1998). Acoustic analysis of dysarthric speech. In Bruce E. Murdoch. (Ed.), Dysarthria: A physiological approach to assessment and treatment (pp. 102-129) Cheltenham, England: Stanley Thornes.

  • Theodoros, D.G. and Thompson-Ward, E.C. (1998). Treatment of dysarthria. In Bruce E. Murdoch (Ed.), Dysarthria: A physiological approach to assessment and treatment (pp. 130-175) Cheltenham, England: Stanley Thornes.

  • Murdoch, Bruce E., Thompson, Elizabeth C. and Theodoros, Deborah G. (1997). Spastic dysarthria. In Malcolm R. McNeil (Ed.), Clinical Management of Sensorimotor Speech Disorders (pp. 287-310) New York, NY, USA: Thieme.

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