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Lyndsey Nickels

Department of Cognitive Science

Australian Hearing Hub

16 University Avenue

Macquarie University NSW 2109



Professional biography:

Dr. Lyndsey Nickels came to academia after several years working as a Speech Therapist in various London hospitals. Her research career started at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she obtained her PhD in 1992.

In 1996, Dr. Nickels moved to Macquarie University, initially as a visiting Research Fellow on a Wellcome Trust Fellowship. In 1999 she took up an Australian Research Council QEII Fellowship followed by an NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (2006) and ARC Future Fellowship (2013).

She is also Macquarie University's Director for the international PhD programme: International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language and Brain (IDEALAB)

On August, 2017 Dr. Nickels was presented with the TUMS Distinguished Visiting Professor Title for the duration of 2017-2020 by Head of Speech Therapy Department.


Research Interests:

Her research field can be broadly characterised as "the cognitive neuropsychology of language". In other words, She investigate language impairments (both developmental, and acquired as a result of brain damage) and use these to test the adequacy of cognitive models of language comprehension and production. In addition, the use of these models can inform our understanding of the language impairments and how best to remediate them. Her research focuses on acquired language impairment (aphasia and progressive aphasia), but also with some work in the field of impaired literacy (dyslexia) in children and adults.

Much of her research has focused on word production and particularly assessment and treatment of impairments of word production (anomia), however, I also have an interest in experimental investigation of word production in speakers without language impairment. She has a commitment to research into the remediation of language disorders, and collaborate with speech pathologists in this endeavour.


During her presence at TUMS, she has visited the School of Rehabilitation.