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Dr Kate Anderson



Honorary Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Off-Campus (Home)


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2015
Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), University of Sydney, 2009



Dr Kate Anderson is a lecturer and researcher at Deakin University, Melbourne. Kate grew up in a family of educators and is driven by her passion for inclusive and equitable learning across the lifespan. Kate initially trained as a speech pathologist, working for six years as a specialist in the areas of cerebral palsy, autism, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Her research interests focus around information access and capacity building: for instance, how people who use AAC and their families access information about assistive communication technology, and how they learn to use this technology in their home environments. She also researches online teaching and learning practices in tertiary and community education settings, and holds a fellowship with Deakin's Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). As a lecturer Kate teaches health science students about communication, disability, diversity, and accessible design.

Kate has worked closely with ISAAC (the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication) since 2013, initially as the Australian representative to the International Council, and currently as the Australian chapter president. She is the scientific co-chair and co-convenor for the 17th biennial ISAAC conference, to be held on the Gold coast in July 2018. When not at work, she loves to cook, fly, and clown about on a trapeze.

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Biography summary

Dr Anderson researches in the field of communication assistive technology, and also studies online teaching and learning practices in tertiary and community education settings. As a lecturer she teaches students about communication, disability, diversity, and accessible design.

Research interests

Aided Language Development

Assistive Technology

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Friendships and Support Networks of People with Disability

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Telepractice and Rural/remote Service Delivery

Usability Testing, Information Access and Accessible Design

Teaching interests

Communication Disability

Assistive Technology

Disability and Inclusion

Universal Design

Units taught

HDS101: Communication Disability and Diversity

HDS106: Disability, Diversity, and Social Inclusion

Knowledge areas

Assistive Technology

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Communication Disability and Diversity

Disability and Inclusion



Scientific Chair and Conference Co-Chair: 17th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC): Gold Coast, 2018.

Co-Convenor: Day-long forum on the Implications of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Inclusive Schooling: Deakin University, Tuesday 2nd February, 2016.

Research groups

Academic Fellow - Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE):



  • School of Health and Social Development Excellence in Teaching Award (2016)
  • Deakin University Unit Welcome Video Competition: Commendation (2016)


  • Best Doctoral Candidate paper at the ‘Communicating Together’ Speech Pathology Research Symposium; Newcastle, Australia; December 2013.
  • Invited delegate for the Pittsburgh Employment Conference for Augmented Communicators, US (2009, 2011)


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Consensus guidelines for sarcopenia prevention, diagnosis and management in Australia and New Zealand

J Zanker, M Sim, K Anderson, S Balogun, S Brennan-Olsen, E Dent, G Duque, C Girgis, M Grossmann, A Hayes, T Henwood, V Hirani, C Inderjeeth, S Iuliano, J Keogh, J Lewis, G Lynch, J Pasco, S Phu, E Reijnierse, N Russell, L Vlietstra, R Visvanathan, T Walker, D Waters, S Yu, A Maier, R Daly, D Scott

(2023), Vol. 14, pp. 142-156, Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Self-Disclosure in a Self-Practice/Self-Reflection CBT Group in Professional Psychology Training

C Jona, J Sheen, K Anderson, M O’Shea

(2023), Vol. 17, pp. 383-390, Training and Education in Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article

The impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on Victorian guardianship practice

J Watson, J Anderson, E Wilson, K Anderson

(2022), Vol. 44, pp. 2806-2814, Disability and Rehabilitation, England, C1

journal article

Exploring the communication needs and challenges of adults with autism spectrum disorders: Communication partners' perspectives

K Denney, K Anderson, J Watson

(2022), pp. 1-9, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Encountering Diversity: drama as a democratic pedagogy to prepare inclusive-minded teachers

Jo Raphael, Joanne O'Mara, Ben Whitburn, Edwin Creely, Kate Anderson, Julianne Moss

(2021), Vol. 47, pp. 119-131, Inclusive Education is a Right, Right?, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

The transition to higher education: applying Universal Design for Learning to support student success

D Hitch, Petra Brown, Susie Macfarlane, Janet Watson, Mary Dracup, Kate Anderson

(2019), pp. 84-100, Transforming higher education through universal design for learning: an international perspective, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Kicking a goal for inclusion in sports clubs and stadia

K Anderson, Susan Balandin

(2019), pp. 297-316, Inclusion, equity and access for individuals with disabilities insights from educators across world, Singapore, B1

book chapter

Transforming higher education through universal design for learning

Elinor Olaussen, Ann Heelan, Kjetil Knarlag, Geoff Layer, Abigail Moriaty, Phil Scarffe, Kimberley Coy, Danielle Hitch, Petra Brown, Susie Macfarlane, Janet Watson, Mary Dracup, Kate Anderson, Liz Berquist, Jane Neapolitan, Kavita Rao, Sam Johnston, Eleanor Castine, Elizabeth Costa-Renders, Frederic Fovet

(2019), Transforming Higher Education Through Universal Design for Learning, London, Eng., A7

edited book

Syntax and morphology in aided language development

S Clendon, K Anderson

(2016), pp. 119-140, The silent partner? Language, interaction and aided communication, Guilford, Eng., B1

book chapter

"its got to be more than that". Parents and speech-language pathologists discuss training content for families with a new speech generating device

K Anderson, S Balandin, R Stancliffe

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 375-384, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, England, C1

journal article

Googling AAC: Exploring the relevance, scope, and credibility of online information about augmentative and alternative communication

K Anderson, P Andres

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 67-74, Journal of clinical practice in speech-language pathology, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Alternative service delivery models for families with a new speech generating device: perspectives of parents and therapists

K Anderson, S Balandin, R Stancliffe

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 185-195, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Australian parents' experiences of speech generating device (SGD) service delivery

K Anderson, S Balandin, R Stancliffe

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 75-83, Developmental neurorehabilitation, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Mentors' experiences of using the Active Mentoring model to support older adults with intellectual disability to participate in community groups

N Wilson, C Bigby, R Stancliffe, S Balandin, D Craig, K Anderson

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 344-355, Journal of intellectual & developmental disability, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Engagement in retirement: an evaluation of the effect of Active Mentoring on engagement of older adults with intellectual disability in mainstream community groups

J Chng, R Stancliffe, N Wilson, K Anderson

(2013), Vol. 57, pp. 1130-1142, Journal of intellectual disability research, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

He cares about me and I care about him : children's experiences of friendship with peers who use AAC

K Anderson, S Balandin, S Clendon

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 77-90, Augmentative and alternative communication, London, England, C1-1

journal article

The storybook method: research feedback with young participants

K Anderson, S Balandin

(2011), Vol. 27, pp. 279-291, Augmentative and alternative communication, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Inclusive Health Communication in Specialist Disability Accommodation

Dr Kate Anderson, Dr Joanne Watson, Dr Meredith Prain, Nathan Wilson, Prof Angela Dew, Patricia Frawley, Dr Amie O'Shea, A/Prof Melissa Bloomer, Prof Catherine Bennett

MRFF (DISER) - CRR Communications Strategies and Approaches During Outbreaks Grant

  • 2021: $109,047

Other Public Sector Funding

National Disability Research Agenda

Prof Angela Dew, Dr Kevin Murfitt, Dr Joanne Watson, Dr Amie O'Shea, Dr Kate Anderson

Department of Social Services

  • 2022: $5,000
  • 2021: $34,910

The uptake, benefits and impacts of virtual healthcare for non-hospitalised TAC clients and providers.

Prof Genevieve Pepin, Prof Elizabeth Manias, Dr Kate Anderson, Prof Marj Moodie, A/Prof Kelli Nicola-Richmond, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Martin Hensher

Transport Accident Commission

  • 2023: $93,089
  • 2022: $104,958
  • 2021: $155,149

Industry and Other Funding

MIND Dual disability capacity building project

A/Prof Erin Wilson, Dr Robert Campain, Dr Kate Anderson

MIND Australia

  • 2016: $36,000

Research to Action Guide on "first principles" in communication within the disability sector

Dr Kate Anderson

National Disability Services

  • 2017: $10,909

Evaluation of the expansion of telehealth through primary care in Australia.

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Elizabeth Manias, A/Prof Kevin Mc Namara, Prof Vincent Versace, Dr Andrea Hernan, A/Prof Martin Hensher, Prof Marj Moodie, A/Prof Lan Gao, Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Andrea Driscoll, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Peter Vuillermin, Dr Kate Anderson

Western Alliance

  • 2021: $24,250
  • 2020: $24,250

My Active Life Program Evaluation

Ms Valerie Watchorn, Dr Kate Anderson, A/Prof Danielle Hitch, Dr Joanne Watson, Mr Pearse Fay, Ms Sally Logan

Solve Disability Solutions Inc

  • 2023: $38,160
  • 2022: $300
  • 2021: $68,965

Western Victoria PHN Digital Health Strategy Community Consultation and Digital Health Literacy Support.

A/Prof Anna Ugalde, Dr Eva Yuen, Dr Paul Cooper, A/Prof Lemai Nguyen, A/Prof Sandeep Reddy, Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Kate Huggins, Dr Kate Anderson, Dr Feby Savira, Mr Imran Muhammad, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Dr Natalie Winter

Western Victoria Primary Health Network Limited

  • 2022: $75,000


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