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Interim Head of the Health Sciences Education Department, University of Cape Town


B. Speech and Hearing Therapy (UDW), M. Path (UDW); D.Ed (UDW)


I am interested in generating knowledge which will ser ve in the interests of developing and transforming the professions of Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology. I have many years of experience in educating speech-language pathologists and audiologists and have participated in projects on service delivery with emphasis on population-based approaches, disability and enhancing classroom communication.

Teaching Areas

I have taught across speech-language therapy and audiology in the areas of Fluency disorders, Primary Health Care, Disability, research methodology and practice frameworks, Diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology, Occupational Audiology and professional management issues.

Research Focus areas

I am currently involved in the following areas

Enhancing communication in classrooms: NRF funded study which seeks to understand how speech-language therapists could respond to the current challenges in classrooms in South Africa.

Fluency research
Life history research and identity formation with stuttering
School age learners who stutter
Developing practice in SA - materials development and intervention: SRT word list

Recent projects supervised

Indira Navsaria: Written language expression in linguistically diverse classrooms in the Western Cape: A case study (completed 2010).

Tracey-Lee Cloete: The development of a hearing screening protocol for grade 1 learners in SA. (completed 2010).

Kiren Gokar: Race and Teacher identity in postapartheid South Africa. NRF project (completed 2010).

Madeleine Duncan (PhD) Poverty, Disability and Occupation (completed 2009).

Jocelyn Warden: Experiences of speech-language therapists in the public sector Western Cape (completed 2008).

Selected Publications

Kathard,H, Norman,V. & Pillay, M. (2010) Configurations of self-identity formations of adults who stutter. South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 57 (in press)

Panday,S. Kathard, H.,Pillay,M., & Govender,C. (2009). The homogeneity of audibility and prosody of Zulu words for Speech Reception Threshold test. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. 56, 60-76

Kathard, H. Naude,E. Pillay, M & Ross,E. (2007). Improving the relevance of speech-language Pathology and Audiology Research and Practice. South African Journal of Communication Disorders. Vol,54, 5-7.

Kathard, H. & Pillay M. (2007). Talking about Communication and Education: A Case Study of a South African Classroom. International Journal of Learning 14(9): 155-162


  • –present
    Interim Head of the Health Sciences Education Department, University of Cape Town

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Interim Head of the Health Sciences Education Department
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation