Lisa Furlong

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Lisa Furlong is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in Speech Pathology at Flinders University.

Lisa is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury's Child Well-being Research Institute having been involved in supporting implementation of the Better Start Literacy Approach and Advancing Successful Literacy Achievement Approach in New Zealand primary schools. Lisa is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Education and Science of Language and Reading Lab (SOLAR Lab) at La Trobe University.

Lisa's research interests focus on speech-language pathologists' delivery of face-to-face and telepractice literacy interventions, policy and practice related to evidence-based reading and spelling instruction in primary school settings and, educators' and allied health professionals' engagement with the Science of Reading. Lisa's research also focuses on technology-based speech therapy including mobile health applications and telepractice, to facilitate service access for children with communication difficulties.

Lisa is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia and a member of the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association. She has more than eleven years of clinical experience working in the private sector with preschool and school-aged children, primarily supporting children with literacy learning difficulties.


PhD (Speech Pathology): La Trobe University

Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (First Class Honours): University of Canterbury

Honours, awards and grants
  • Best Spark Talk at the Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, May 2022
  • Co-Guest Editor for the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Conference Proceedings, May 2022-May 2023
  • Recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, December 2016-December 2018
  • Recipient of the Virtual Speech Pathologist PhD Student Scholarship, August 2014-December 2016
  • 3 Minute Thesis Competition (La Trobe University): Winner for the School of Allied Health (August 2016); Runner-Up for the College of Science, Health and Engineering (August 2016) and Second Runner-Up for the La Trobe University Final (September 2016). See here.
  • Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society
Key responsibilities
  • Teaching Bachelor and Masters students in speech pathology, particularly in the areas of child/adolescent language and literacy development, assessment and intervention.
  • Active researcher in the areas of literacy, language, telepractice, mobile health applications, oral narrative teaching and intervention and, classroom instruction for oral language and literacy
Teaching interests

Preschool, school-aged and adolescent language and literacy development, assessment and intervention.

Technology-based speech therapy including telepractice and mobile health applications

Topic coordinator
SPTH9125 Professional Studies and Communication Sciences 3