Dr Kirstine Shrubsole

NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow

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


Dr Kirstine Shrubsole holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (First Class Honours) from The University of Queensland, and completed her PhD in 2018. Kirstine has a research focus on improving implementation of evidence into practice in speech pathology and multidisciplinary services, with a special interest in stroke and aphasia rehabilitation. She has demonstrated that practice change is achievable for healthcare teams working in aphasia, leading to positive outcomes for patients, clinicians, and organisations.

Kirstine has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has been awarded over $6 million in competitive research funding. In her current role as the Conjoint Research Fellow in Speech Pathology (Princess Alexandra Hospital and The University of Queensland), Kirstine provides research capacity building and mentoring to speech pathologists and supports multidisciplinary research. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Queensland Aphasia Research Centre (The University of Queensland) from 2021-2023. Kirstine is the co-founder and Deputy Lead of the Collaboration of Aphasia Triallists’ Implementation Science in Aphasia working group, and a research affiliate of the Queensland Aphasia Research Centre, and the Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation and Recovery.

Research Interests

  • Aphasia
    Kirstine collaborates with leaders in aphasia research across the continuum of care, including assessment, intervention and long-term support.
  • Myasthenia Gravis
    Kirstine has a research interest in the care of people with Myasthenia Gravis, including access to allied health services for long-term management.
  • Parkinson's disease
    Kirstine has worked clinically with this population and conducted research that seeks to improve models of care through applying implementation science frameworks.
  • Implementation science
    Kirstine's research covers the full scope of implementation science, including identifying implementation barriers and enablers, designing and evaluating implementation strategies, and sustaining implementation outcomes.
  • Stroke
    Kirstine works with the Stroke Foundation on several projects and advocates for national strategies to improve guideline implementation.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Wallace, Sarah J., Shrubsole, Kirstine and Brady, Marian C. (2021). Treatment efficacy and therapy outcomes. Aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders. (pp. 129-158) edited by Ilias Papathanasiou, Patrick Coppens and Constantin Potagas. Burlington, MA United States: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision