Professor David Copland

Vice-Chancellors T&R Fellowship

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

Affiliate Professor

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine
d.copland@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 65539
+61 7 336 52817

Overview

Professor David Copland is a Principal Research Fellow and Speech Pathologist conducting research in the areas of language neuroscience, psycholinguistics, and neuroimaging of normal and disordered language. He is Deputy Chair of the Research and Postgraduate Studies Committee of the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and is a group leader at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research where he leads the Language Neuroscience Laboratory.

Research Interests

  • Post-stroke aphasia
    Treatment of word retrieval Intensive and comprehensive treatments of aphasia Neural mechanisms underpinning aphasia treatment Neural and behavioural predictors of aphasia recovery
  • Pharmacological modulation of language and cognition
    Behavioural and neuroimaging studies of dopamine Pharmacotherapy for post-stroke aphasia Dopaminergic modulation of new word learning
  • Language and cognition in Parkinson's disease
    Deep brain stimulation fMRI and EEG studies of language Processing of emotion Dementia and depression

Research Impacts

Co-developer of a new aphasia treatment program (LIFT) which is to be trialled at hospitals in south east Qld as part of a NHMRC Partnership grant.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (HONS), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The aim of this NHMRC funded research and UQ funded PhD scholarship is to determine whether brain activity and structure observed after stroke predict subsequent aphasia (language impairment) recovery and response to treatment. Participants will be tested on a clinically language battery and scanned at 1, 3 and 6 months post-onset, with half the participants receiving treatment at 1 month. Imaging will be used to identify language-related brain activity, white matter tract integrity, and lesion-symptom mapping. Background in one or more of the following is required. Speech Pathology, Clinical Linguistics, Psychology, NeuroImaging, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience

  • The University of Queensland is establishing the Queensland Aphasia Rehabilitation Centre (QARC), the first specialist aphasia research and rehabilitation centre in Australia. In partnership with Queensland Health, the QARC will deliver state-of-the-art services to people with aphasia and their families. Using a hybrid effectiveness-implementation design, this UQ funded PhD project will evaluate the clinical effectiveness of the UQ LIFT (Language Impairment and Function Therapy) program on impact on communicative function, mental health and quality of life within a real-world clinical setting. Qualitative methods will be employed to (1) describe the contextual factors which influence treatment fidelity and clinician and patient participation in the intervention; and (2) identify barriers and facilitators to implementation. This project would suit candidates with a background in speech pathology. Chief investigators: Dr Sarah Wallace and Professor David Copland

  • The University of Queensland is establishing the Queensland Aphasia Rehabilitation Centre (QARC), the first specialist aphasia research and rehabilitation centre in Australia. In partnership with Queensland Health, the QARC will deliver state-of-the-art services to people with aphasia and their families. This UQ funded PhD project will involve a health economics investigation that will determine the cost-effectiveness of a comprehensive aphasia treatment program (UQ LIFT- Language Impairment and Function Therapy) implemented in a tertiary health facility. Resources and costs will be considered in relation to improvement on relevant communication scales and quality adjusted life years. This project would suit candidates with a background in speech pathology or health economics / public health. Chief investigator: Professor David Copland and Dr Sarah Wallace

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Copland, David and Angwin, Anthony (2014). Cognitive plasticity in Parkinson's disease. In Joseph I. Tracy, Benjamin M. Hampstead and K. Sathian (Ed.), Plasticity of cognition in neurologic disorders (pp. 85-106) New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/med/9780199965243.003.0004

  • McNeil, Malcolm and Copland, David (2011). Aphasia theory, models, and classification. In Leonard L. Lapointe (Ed.), Aphasia and related neurogenic language disorders 3rd ed. (pp. 27-47) New York , NY, United States: Theime Medical Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

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.

  • The aim of this NHMRC funded research and UQ funded PhD scholarship is to determine whether brain activity and structure observed after stroke predict subsequent aphasia (language impairment) recovery and response to treatment. Participants will be tested on a clinically language battery and scanned at 1, 3 and 6 months post-onset, with half the participants receiving treatment at 1 month. Imaging will be used to identify language-related brain activity, white matter tract integrity, and lesion-symptom mapping. Background in one or more of the following is required. Speech Pathology, Clinical Linguistics, Psychology, NeuroImaging, Cognitive Science, Cognitive Neuroscience

  • The University of Queensland is establishing the Queensland Aphasia Rehabilitation Centre (QARC), the first specialist aphasia research and rehabilitation centre in Australia. In partnership with Queensland Health, the QARC will deliver state-of-the-art services to people with aphasia and their families. Using a hybrid effectiveness-implementation design, this UQ funded PhD project will evaluate the clinical effectiveness of the UQ LIFT (Language Impairment and Function Therapy) program on impact on communicative function, mental health and quality of life within a real-world clinical setting. Qualitative methods will be employed to (1) describe the contextual factors which influence treatment fidelity and clinician and patient participation in the intervention; and (2) identify barriers and facilitators to implementation. This project would suit candidates with a background in speech pathology. Chief investigators: Dr Sarah Wallace and Professor David Copland

  • The University of Queensland is establishing the Queensland Aphasia Rehabilitation Centre (QARC), the first specialist aphasia research and rehabilitation centre in Australia. In partnership with Queensland Health, the QARC will deliver state-of-the-art services to people with aphasia and their families. This UQ funded PhD project will involve a health economics investigation that will determine the cost-effectiveness of a comprehensive aphasia treatment program (UQ LIFT- Language Impairment and Function Therapy) implemented in a tertiary health facility. Resources and costs will be considered in relation to improvement on relevant communication scales and quality adjusted life years. This project would suit candidates with a background in speech pathology or health economics / public health. Chief investigator: Professor David Copland and Dr Sarah Wallace