Dr Heather Kember

Postdoctoral Fellow in Language Processing: ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language(opens in a new window)Heather Kember

Research program: Speech and Language


I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney with Dr Karen Croot. This work used the tongue twister methodology to examine segmental, tonal, and prosodic production in Mandarin Chinese.

Since then, I have been a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University. There I investigated prosodic production in two different populations who may struggle with spoken intelligibility (speakers with dyarthria and second language learners of English). In both of these populations I examined prosodic knowledge and control, and designed intervention studies aimed at improving intelligibility (measured both acoustically and perceptually).

I am now working with Professor Anne Cutler in the ARC Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of Language examining cross-linguistic prosodic processing.

Research Interests

  • Cognitive models of speech production
  • The relationship between prosodic and segmental production
  • Prosody and intelligibility
  • Cross-linguistic differences in prosodic processing

Qualifications and Honours

  • Postdoctoral research associate, Northeastern University, Boston, USA 2012-2015
  • Sir Keith Murdoch Research Fellowship, 2013
  • PhD, University of Sydney, 2013
  • Australian Postgraduate Research Award 2009–2012
  • BA (Hons I), Psychology, University of Sydney, 2009

Contact Heather

Phone+61 2 9772 6168
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)