Irena Lovcevic

Research Student

Research Program: Speech and Language

Thesis Title

The role of Infant-directed speech in language development in babies with hearing loss

Research Project

The primary purpose of this project is to investigate the role of infant-directed speech in language acquisition of infants with congenital hearing loss. This will be investigated via a combination of longitudinal and cross-sectional experiments with infants with hearing loss and normal-hearing infants.
The relevance and importance of this research lies in both its theoretical and clinical implications. The theoretical implications of this research include advancement in the understanding of the role that infant directed speech plays in lexical processing, word learning, and the development of pre-literacy skills. The clinical implications of this study lie in gaining the knowledge necessary to identify ways for improving language outcomes in infants with HI and to maximise their potential for social and educational achievements. In addition, this study may lead to development of interventions to improve parent-infant communication and to educate parents on the role of speech directed to infants and its special features in early language development.


  • 2007-2010 - BA Psychology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • 2010-2012 - MA Psychology, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Contact Irena
Phone+61 2 9772 6660
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)