Caitlin Brandenburg

Wishart, Queensland

Speech pathology researcher, innovator

Stroke is a leading cause of disability for adults in Australia, and around a third of people who have a stroke will experience aphasia. Language difficulties in aphasia can affect speaking, understanding speech, reading and writing, and has been linked to depression and social isolation. A University of Queensland researcher with a PhD in speech pathology, Caitlin has developed an app to help people rebuild their language ability after a stroke. Using a smartphone and wearable sensor technology, CommFit is a ‘talking pedometer’ that encourages people to work towards daily talk-time goals. Caitlin will use her grant to implement and evaluate this app. “My hope is this app will lessen social isolation, increase independence and reduce the cost of rehabilitation.”

Caitlin Brandenburg