Doctor Belinda Kenny

Doctor Belinda Kenny

DAP - Speech Pathology,
Speech Pathology

Senior Lecturer, Speech Pathology,
Speech Pathology


Dr Belinda Kenny is a speech pathologist and clinical educator with research interests in professional ethics, work integrated learning, clinical education and neurogenic communication and swallowing issues. She completed her speech pathology degree at Cumberland College of Health Sciences in 1985, receiving the graduand Private Speech Pathologists’ Association Prize for Clinical Proficiency.Belinda then acquired professional experience in acute hospital, rehabilitation, and community settings. In 1989 Belinda was appointed to a senior professional role as a clinical educator, within a Sydney teaching hospital, planning, implementing and evaluating clinical placement experiences for speech pathology students.During the following 12 years, Belinda developed strong interests in adult learning theories and clinical education research.

Dr Kenny completed a Masters by research program at Sydney University and was awarded the Speech Pathology Australia Association Master’s Thesis Prize in 1995 for her thesis investigating speech pathology students’ self-evaluation skills. Belinda’s professional, clinical education and research interests underpinned her active contributions to undergraduate speech pathology professional preparation programs at the University of Sydney. In 2002 Belinda was appointed to an academic position in the Discipline of Speech Pathology and comprehensively reviewed and innovated learning and teaching practices in the Professional Development streams of the undergraduate and graduate entry masters speech pathology programs.

Dr Kenny completed her PhD. in 2010 as a University of Sydney, Discipline Scholar. Belinda’s doctoral research program investigated ethical dilemmas and ethical reasoning in the speech pathology profession. A shared passion for ethical practice has led to Belinda’s active involvement with Speech Pathology Australia’s Board of Ethics where her research findings inform national ethics education programs for speech pathologists.

Following completion of her doctoral research, Dr Kenny successfully applied for a post- doctorate position at the University of Sydney and managed an NHMRC funded, five year, longitudinal project investigating communication outcomes for adults with severe, traumatic brain injury. Findings from this study provided new insights into the nature and timing of communication recovery following brain injury.

From 2016- 2019, Dr Kenny was employed as a lecturer in Work Integrated Learning. University of Sydney. This role involved facilitating quality clinical education experiences by developing innovative placement models, supporting clinical educators and students on placement and conducting research into best practice in clinical education. 

In 2019, Dr Kenny was appointed as co-convenor and Director of Academic Program for speech patholog, Western Sydney University. She was awarded an Honary Affiliate role with the University of Sydney.

Dr Kenny’s research interests include professional workplace issues, ethics, communication and swallowing disorders in adults and student learning. Belinda has provided more than 30 publications and 70 conference presentations in ethics, work integrated learning and speech pathology practice. She has supervised a number of Higher Degree Research and Honours students to completion.  With her research teams, Belinda is focussed on innovative health professional education, ethical practice and quality clinical care outcomes for people with communication and swallowing disorders..

This information has been contributed by Doctor Kenny.


  • PhD University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Speech Pathology Association of Australia (1985)
  • Board of Ethics Speech Pathology Australia (2011)
  • Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (2011)
  • International Association for Education in Ethics (2018)
  • Honorary Affiliate University of Sydney (2019)
  • Moving Ahead Centre of Research Excellence in TBI (2015)
  • Asia Pacific Education Collaboration in Speech Language Pathology (2016)


  • Clinical Education
  • Professional Ethics
  • Work integrated Learning

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Speech Pathology
  • Speech Pathology


Phone: (02) 4620 3503
Location: 24.2.94

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Chapters in Books

  • Kenny, B., Davenport, R. and Johnson, R. (2019), 'Speech-language pathology students : learning clinical reasoning', Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, Elsevier 9780702062247.
  • Smith, S., Isenring, L., Rice, V., Baker, M., Thompson-Butel, A., Mitchell, G., Bissett, M., Zakrzewski, L., Lenson, S., Gallego, G., Wright, A., Hughes, M., Gallagher, H. and Kenny, B. (2018), 'Partnerships in collaborative care', Living with Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier 9780729542616.
  • McCabe, P. and Kenny, B. (2013), 'Indigenous issues : a practical example : the Byalawa Project', Educating Health Professionals: Becoming a University Teacher, Sense Publishers 9789462093522.

Journal Articles

  • Kenny, B., Jimenez, Y., Pollard, N., Thomson, K., Semaan, A. and McAllister, L. (2023), 'Ethics education learning outcomes for health professions students', Journal of Academic Ethics, vol 21, no 1 , pp 85 - 111.
  • Tang, C., Thyer, L., Bye, R., Kenny, B., Tulliani, N., Peel, N., Gordon, R., Penkala, S., Tannous, C., Sun, Y. and Dark, L. (2023), 'Impact of online learning on sense of belonging among first year clinical health students during COVID-19 : student and academic perspectives', BMC Medical Education, vol 23, no 1 .
  • Bourne, E., Short, K., Kenny, B. and McAllister, L. (2022), 'Clinical educators can supervise students without increased stress : a study of interacting factors using insights from complexity theory', Advances in Health Sciences Education, vol 27, no 1 , pp 125 - 145.
  • Di Michele, L., Thomson, K., McEntee, M., Kenny, B. and Reed, W. (2020), 'Knowledge translation : radiographers compared to other healthcare professionals', Radiography, vol 26, no Suppl. 2 , pp 27 - 32.
  • Bourne, E., McAllister, L., Kenny, B. and Short, K. (2020), 'Speech pathologists' perceptions of the impact of student supervision', International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care, vol 8, no 2 , pp 1 - 15.
  • Chia, A., Power, E., Kenny, B., Elbourn, E., McDonald, S., Tate, R., MacWhinney, B., Turkstra, L., Holland, A. and Togher, L. (2019), 'Patterns of early conversational recovery for people with traumatic brain injury and their communication partners', Brain Injury, vol 33, no 5 , pp 690 - 698.
  • Elbourn, E., Kenny, B., Power, E., Honan, C., McDonald, S., Tate, R., Holland, A., MacWhinney, B. and Togher, L. (2019), 'Discourse recovery after severe traumatic brain injury : exploring the first year', Brain Injury, vol 33, no 2 , pp 143 - 159.
  • Kenny, B., Thomson, K., Semaan, A., Di Michele, L., Pollard, N., Nicole, M., Jimenez, Y. and McAllister, L. (2019), 'Ethics in professional practice : an education resource for health science students', International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, vol 7, no 1 , pp 86 - 101.
  • Elbourn, E., Kenny, B., Power, E. and Togher, L. (2019), 'Psychosocial outcomes of severe traumatic brain injury in relation to discourse recovery : a longitudinal study up to 1 year post-injury', American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, vol 28, no 4 , pp 1463 - 1478.
  • Tran, S., Kenny, B., Power, E., Tate, R., McDonald, S., Heard, R. and Togher, L. (2018), 'Cognitive-communication and psychosocial functioning 12 months after severe traumatic brain injury', Brain Injury, vol 32, no 13-14 , pp 1700 - 1711.
  • Pollard, N., Nisbet, G., Kenny, B., Sheepway, L., Jacobson, J., Tartakover, E., Kilgour, A. and McAllister, L. (2018), 'Strategies for ethics education with health profession students before, during, and after placements', International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, vol 6, no 2 , pp 95 - 110.
  • Freeman-Sanderson, A., Togher, L., Elkins, M. and Kenny, B. (2018), 'Quality of life improves for tracheostomy patients with return of voice : a mixed methods evaluation of the patient experience across the care continuum', Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, vol 46 , pp 10 - 16.
  • Kelly, K., Cumming, S., Cumming, S., Kenny, B., Smith-Merry, J. and Bogaardt, H. (2018), 'Getting comfortable with "comfort feeding" : an exploration of legal and ethical aspects of the Australian speech-language pathologist's role in palliative dysphagia care', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, vol 20, no 3 , pp 371 - 379.
  • Stubbs, E., Togher, L., Kenny, B., Fromm, D., Forbes, M., MacWhinney, B., McDonald, S., Tate, R., Turkstra, L. and Power, E. (2018), 'Procedural discourse performance in adults with severe traumatic brain injury at 3 and 6 months post injury', Brain Injury, vol 32, no 2 , pp 167 - 181.
  • Smith, H. and Kenny, B. (2018), 'Recipes for successful provision of nutrition and hydration at the end of life', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, vol 20, no 3 , pp 169 - 173.
  • Avramovic, P., Kenny, B., Power, E., McDonald, S., Tate, R., Hunt, L., MacDonald, S., Heard, R. and Togher, L. (2017), 'Exploring the relationship between cognition and functional verbal reasoning in adults with severe traumatic brain injury at six months post injury', Brain Injury, vol 31, no 4 , pp 502 - 516.
  • Elbourn, E., Togher, L., Kenny, B. and Power, E. (2017), 'Strengthening the quality of longitudinal research into cognitive-communication recovery after traumatic brain injury : a systematic review', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, vol 19, no 1 , pp 1 - 16.
  • Kenny, B. and Hamilton-Foster, E. (2017), 'Autonomy & informed consent', eHearsay, vol 7, no 2 , pp 10 - 17.
  • Kenny, B., Bradd, P. and Muller, N. (2017), 'Mental health and illness : what are our ethical duties toward clients and colleagues?', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, vol 19, no 3 , pp 167 - 169.
  • Brassel, S., Kenny, B., Power, E., Elbourn, E., McDonald, S., Tate, R., MacWhinney, B., Turkstra, L., Holland, A. and Togher, L. (2016), 'Conversational topics discussed by individuals with severe traumatic brain injury and their communication partners during sub-acute recovery', Brain Injury, vol 30, no 11 , pp 1329 - 1342.
  • Kenny, B. (2015), 'Applying ethical reasoning approaches to complex cases in professional practice', Focus on Health Professional Education, vol 16, no 3 , pp 101 - 118.
  • Kenny, B., Lincoln, M. and Killian, F. (2015), 'Ethics cases : do they elicit different levels of ethical reasoning?', Journal of Academic Ethics, vol 13, no 3 , pp 259 - 275.
  • Kenny, B. and Block, S. (2015), 'Responsible and ethical clinical practice : a framework for knowledge translation', Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, vol 17, no Supplement 1 , pp 12 - 15.
  • Flatley, D., Kenny, B. and Lincoln, M. (2014), 'Ethical dilemmas experienced by speech-language pathologists working in private practice', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, vol 16, no 3 , pp 290 - 303.
  • Kenny, B. and Lincoln, M. (2012), 'Sport, scales, or war? Metaphors speech-language pathoogists use to describe caseload management', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, vol 14, no 3 , pp 247 - 259.
  • Kenny, B., Lincoln, M. and Balandin, S. (2010), 'Experienced speech-language pathologists' responses to ethical dilemmas : an integrated approach to ethical reasoning', American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, vol 19, no 2 , pp 121 - 134.
  • Kenny, B., Lincoln, M., Blyth, K. and Balandin, S. (2009), 'Ethical perspective on quality of care : the nature of ethical dilemmas identified by new graduate and experienced speech pathologists', International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, vol 44, no 4 , pp 421 - 439.
  • Kenny, B., Lincoln, M. and Balandin, S. (2007), 'A dynamic model of ethical reasoning in speech pathology', Journal of Medical Ethics, vol 33, no 9 , pp 508 - 513.

Conference Papers

  • Tang, C., Thyer, E., Bye, R., Tannous, C., Kenny, B., Penkala, S., Tulliani, N., Peel, N., Sun, Y., Zhu, X., Dark, L. and Gordon, R. (2021), 'The impact of COVID online learning on first year clinical health students' sense of belonging : student and academic perspectives', Students Transitions Achievement Retention and Success Conference, online.
  • Thomson, K., Brentnall, J., Nicole, M., Kenny, B. and McAllister, L. (2017), 'Continuing professional development : designing an interprofessional program for allied health placement educators', Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..

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