Dr Brooke-Mai Whelan is an experienced certified practicing speech pathologist with clinical, teaching, and research expertise in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders. Brooke-Mai was awarded her PhD in 2003 from The University of Queensland. She has received numerous awards for her research, including a Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Higher Degree Thesis, and a University of Queensland Excellence in Research Award. In addition, she has attracted a significant amount of competitive funding to investigate the neurophysiological substrates underpinning speech and language disorders in adult neurological populations.

She comes to RECOVER as a Research Fellow from Bond University, where she worked in 2017 as part of a collaborative ARC research initiative between engineering, speech pathology, occupational therapy and interaction design, within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Information Technology at The University of Queensland. In this role, she was involved in the development of SMART communication technology to support conversational breakdown in people with dementia.

Brooke-Mai will be dedicated to the Improving the Delivery and Availability of Evidence-based Services Research Program within the RECOVER Injury Research Centre, designing and evaluating telerehabilitation-based interventions for adults with communication disorders following motor vehicle crashes.