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Dr Kimberley Docking

BSpPath UQ, PhD UQ.

Associate Investigator

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Discipline of speech Pathology
The University of Sydney


Dr Kimberley Docking is a Lecturer in Child Language within the Discipline of Speech Pathology and is the Student Academic Liaison for Year 1 & 2 Undergraduate students. She is also a member of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Team within the Disability and Community Research Group.

Dr Docking's research, teaching, and clinical experience lie in the area of children and language. Her research activity to date has made significant contributions to the field of paediatric acquired language disorders in populations of children who are recovering from childhood cancer and traumatic brain injury, particularly in identifying the potential for long-term communication deficits and recovery patterns in these populations.

Dr Docking is also part of an international research collaboration between the Kids Talk Lab Team at the University of Sydney and international colleagues/collaborators at the University of Iowa, investigating the word learning abilites of typically developing toddlers and the semantic categorisation abilities of typically developing school-age children.

Her research interests also extend to a suite of current projects with a team of speech pathology and occuptational therapy colleagues at both the University of Sydney and James Cook University, in the areas of play and language in children wtih ADHD and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Recent External Appointments

  • Organising Committee member, Sydney Cancer Conference. (2017 - 2018)
  • Invited Expert Reviewer, NHMRC Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Communication and Swallowing Disorders Following Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). (2016)
  • Speech Pathology Australia representative, Advisory Board, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. (2013 continuing)
  • Invited speaker, Paediatric Brain Injury Forum, Sydney. (2012 - 2013)
  • Community of Practice in Education Portfolio leader, Speech Pathology Australia, NSW Branch. (2011)
  • Invited Research Affiliate, Centre for Clinical Research Excellence Aphasia Rehabilitation. (2010 continuing)
  • Invited Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) member, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Adventist HealthCare Limited. (2009 continuing)
  • Founding member, Childhood Tumour International Research Group. (2004 continuing)
  • Peer-Reviewer, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. (2004 continuing)
  • Peer-Reviewer, Brain Injury. (2004 continuing)
  • Peer-Reviewer, Aphasiology. (2004 continuing)
  • Peer-Reviewer, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. (2004 continuing)
  • Peer-Reviewer, Brain Impairment. (2004 continuing)
  • Peer-Reviewer, Asia-Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing. (2004 continuing)

External Memberships

  • Speech Pathologists Board of Queensland
  • Speech Pathology Australia Association
  • International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)
  • Academy of Aphasia
  • Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Cancer Institute NSW (2017 - 2018) "Improving quality of life and communication in survivors of childhood brain cancer and leukaemia: Development of Australian clinical practice guidelines." Docking, K.M. ($119,508)
  • International Program Development Fund Professorial Exchange Grant, the University of Sydney; and the University of Iowa. (2011 - 2013) "Advancing international collaborative child language research between the University of Sydney and the University of Iowa." Munro, N., Baker, E., Docking, K., & Arculi, J. ($21,500)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Docking, K., Paquier, P., & Morgan, A. (2017). Childhood brain tumour. In L. Cummings (Ed.), Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology (1st ed., pp. 131-164). Cham, Switzerland: Springer-Verlag.
  • Docking, K.M., & Murdoch, B.E. (2008). Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In M.R. McNeil (Eds.), Clinical Management of Sensorimotor Speech Disorders (2nd ed., pp. 311-313). New York: Thieme Medical Publishers.
  • Murdoch, B.E., & Docking, K.M. (2005). Neurogenic disorders of speech in children and adults. In N. Anderson, & G. Shames (Eds.), Human Communication Disorders: An Introduction (7th ed., pp. 291-324). Boston, USA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Murdoch, B.E., Docking, K.M., & Ward, E.C. (In Press). Language and phonological awareness abilities of children following treatment for posterior fossa tumour. In F. Fabbro (Ed.), Neurogenic Language Disorders in Children (pp. 87-126). New York: Pergamon Press.


  • Chami, S., Munro, N., Docking, K., McGregor, K., Baker, E., & Heard, R. (2018). Changes in semantic fluency across childhood: Normative data from Australian-English speakers. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20, 262-273. doi:10.1080/17549507.2016.1276214
  • Broome, K., McCabe, P., Docking, K., & Doble, M. (2017). A systematic review of speech assessments for children with autism spectrum disorder: Recommendations for best practice. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 26(3), 1011-1029. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0014
  • Chea, R., Docking, K., Munro, N., Drevensek, S., Brady, C. (In Press). Tiered vocabulary acquisition in children with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury.
  • Cordier, R., Munro, N., Wilkes-Gillan, S., Ling, L., Docking, K., & Pearce, W. (2017). Evaluating the pragmatic language skills of children with ADHD and typically developing playmates following a pilot parent-delivered play-based intervention. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 64(1), 11-23. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12299
  • Docking, K., Munro, N., Charalambous, C., McGregor, K., Heard, R. (In Press). Investigating language and thinking skills in preschool children: Insight into the semantic fluency paradigm. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Docking, K.M. (In Press). Prospective longitudinal decline in cognitive-communication following childhood brain tumour. Brain Injury.
  • Yik, V., Murray, E., & Docking, K. (In Press). Comparing the speech, language, and voice characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and Ataxic Dysarthria (AD): A matched case study. Neurocase.
  • Docking, K., Munro, N., Marshall, T., & Togher, L. (2016). Narrative skills of children treated for brain tumours: The impact of tumour and treatment related variables on microstructure and macrostructure. Brain Injury, 30(8), 1005-1018. doi:10.3109/02699052.2016.1147602
  • Hodges, R., Munro, N., Baker, E., McGregor, K., Docking, K., & Arciuli, J. (2015). The role of elicited verbal imitation in toddlers' word learning. Journal of Child Language, 43(2), 457-471. doi:10.1017/S0305000915000240
  • Frith, M., Togher, L., Ferguson, A., Levick, W., & Docking, K. (2014). Assessment practices of speech-language pathologists for cognitive communication disorders following traumatic brain injury in adults: An international survey. Brain Injury, 28(13-14), 1657-1666. doi:10.3109/02699052.2014.947619
  • Cordier, R., Munro, N., Wilkes-Gillan, S., & Docking, K. (2013). The pragmatic language abilities of children with ADHD following a play-based intervention involving peer-peer interactions. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(4), 416-428.
  • Docking, K., Cordier, R., & Ellis, P. (2013). Examining the language skills of children with ADHD following a play-based intervention. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 29(3), 291-304. doi:10.1177/0265659012469042
  • Docking, K.M., Murdoch, B.E., & Ward, E.C. (2013). Language performance in children treated for brainstem tumour: The impact of radiotherapy. Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing, 5(3), 187-194.
  • Bogart, E., Togher, L., Power, E., & Docking, K. (2012). Casual conversations between individuals with traumatic brain injury and their friends. Brain Injury, 26(3), 221-233. doi:10.3109/02699052.2011.648711
  • Munro, N., Baker, E., McGregor, K., Docking, K., & Arculi, J. (2012). Why word learning is not fast. Frontiers in Psychology, 3(41), 1-10. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00041
  • Lewis, F.M., Murdoch, B.E., & Docking, K. (2011). An investigation of general and high-level language skills in children treated with central nervous system-targeted chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 19(2), 27-36.
  • Wilkes, S., Cordier, R., Bundy, A., Docking, K., & Munro, N. (2011). A play-based intervention for children with ADHD: A pilot study. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58(4), 231-240. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00928.x
  • Lewis, F.M., Murdoch, B.E., Barwood, C., Docking, K.M., & Gellatly, A. (2010). Language outcomes following treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia with CNS chemotherapy: A two-year follow-up study. Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing, 13(1), 51-60. doi:10.1179/136132810805335182
  • Docking, K.M., & Murdoch, B.E. (2007). Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and language in childhood: Pre- and post- injury trends. Brain and Language, 103(1-2), 236-237. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2007.07.021
  • Docking, K.M., Murdoch, B.E., & Suppiah, R. (2007). The impact of a cerebellar tumour on language function in childhood. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 59(4), 190-200. doi:10.1159/000102931
  • Docking, K.M., & Murdoch, B. (2005). Meta-analysis of evidence for linguistic impairment associated with treatment for childhood cancer. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 45(4), 549.
  • Docking, K.M., Ward, E.C., & Murdoch, B.E. (2005). Language outcomes subsequent to treatment of brainstem tumour in childhood. NeuroRehabilitation, 20(2), 107-124.
  • Docking, K.M., Murdoch, B.E., & Ward, E.C. (2004). Underlying factors impacting differential outcomes in linguistic function subsequent to treatment for posterior fossa tumour in children. Brain and Language, 91(1), 29-30. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2004.06.014
  • Docking, K., Murdoch, B., & Ward, E. (2003). Cerebellar language and cognitive functions in childhood: A comparative review of the clinical research. Aphasiology, 17(12), 1153-1161. doi:10.1080/02687030344000445
  • Docking, K.M., Murdoch, B.E., & Ward, E.C. (2003). High-level language and phonological awareness abilities of children following management for supratentorial tumour: Part II Acta Neuropsychologica, 1(4), 367-381.
  • Docking, K.M., Murdoch, B.E., & Ward, E.C. (2003). General language abilities following management of childhood supratentorial tumour: Part I. Acta Neuropsychologica, 1(3), 260-283.
  • Docking, K.M., Murdoch, B.E., & Ward, E.C. (2000). Interpretation and comprehension of adolescents with head injury: A group analysis. Brain Injury, 14(1), 89-108.
  • Docking, K.M., Jordan, F.M., & Murdoch, B.E. (1999). Interpretation and comprehension of adolescents with head injury: A case-by-case analysis. Brain Injury, 13(12), 953-972.

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