Dr Jennifer OatesProfessor, Discipline Lead, Speech Pathology
Jennifer Oates is Professor of Speech Pathology and Head of the Department of Speech Pathology, Orthoptics and Audiology at La Trobe University. She is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia. Jenni practices clinically at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre. Her research focuses on perception, physiology and acoustics of typical and impaired voice, epidemiology of voice and middle airway disorders, and prevention and management of voice and middle airway disorders. She also has clinical and research interests in counselling training for speech pathologists working with people with aphasia and other communication disorders and in the voice, communication and social participation difficulties experienced by people who identify as trans, gender diverse and non-binary. Jennifer is a member of the Voice and Communication Standing Committee of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health and Chair of the Research Subcommittee of the Australian Professional Association for Trans Health. She has published 74 journal papers and book chapters and presented 136 conference papers. Jennifer is the Leader of the Voice Research and Curriculum teams at the University.