About Me

I am a current PhD candidate at Flinders University in South Australia and Western University in London, Canada (completing a ‘cotutelle’ degree). I started my PhD in mid-2016 and I intend to complete by mid-2020... let's see how I go. My current research explores the experiences of individuals with dementia and their families of moving to long-term care (also known as 'residential care' or 'nursing homes', depending on where you live).

I have a passion for improving the lives of individuals with dementia and their families. My interest in working with people with dementia was sparked when I got a casual job as a kitchenhand at a residential care facility in the southern suburbs of Adelaide soon after finishing high school. I worked there (part-time) for 4 years, while I trained as a Speech(-Language) Pathologist. I completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at Flinders University in 2013, and formally graduated in 2014. My honours research explored patterns of interaction in conversation between individuals with dementia and their frequent communication partners. This project made me fall in love with research!

Although my clinical background is in Speech(-Language) Pathology, my research interests are diverse. I am fascinated by research methods (qualitative approaches mostly, and Conversation analysis most passionately), ageing, community, family systems, Philosophy of Science, and by media representations of disability, illness and diversity. Having said this, the blog is not designed for an academic-only audience. I write to share stories, resources and ideas that resonate with me, in the hope that they will resonate with you too... whoever you might be!

I don't have a diagnosis of dementia and I do not claim to be an authority on what it is like to live with dementia. I strive to learn about how we can best support people with dementia and their families from people who are living with this diagnosis.


  1. Young, J. A., Lind, C., & Orange, J.B. (2019). A qualitative systematic review of experiences of persons with dementia regarding transition to long-term care. Dementia. OnlineFirst. {LINK]

  2. Young, J. A., Lind, C., Orange, J.B., & Savundranayagam, M.Y. (2019). Expanding current understandings of epistemic injustice and dementia: Learning from stigma theory. Journal of Aging Studies, 48: 76-84. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2019.01.003. {LINK}

  3. Bennett, M., Young, J., & Cartwright, J. (2019). Evidence-based care for older people: where are we now and where to in the future? Speech, Language and Hearing, 22(1): 16-24. doi: 10.1080/2050571X.2018.1538198 [LINK TO FREE COPY]

  4. Southall, K., Jennings, M.B., Gagné, J-P., & Young, J. (2018). Reported benefits of peer support group involvement by adults with hearing loss. International Journal of Audiology, doi: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1519604 [LINK]

  5. Hall, K., Lind, C., Young, J. A., Okell, E. and van Steenbrugge, W. (2018). Familiar communication partners’ facilitation of topic management in conversations with individuals with dementia. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. Early Online. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12369 [LINK]

  6. Bennett, M., Cartwright, J., & Young, J. (2017). Is the speech-language pathology profession prepared for an ageing population? An Australian survey. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Early Online, 1-10. [LINK]

  7. Young, J. A., Lind, C., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2016). A conversation analytic study of patterns of overlapping talk in conversations between individuals with dementia and their frequent communication partners. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 51(6): 745-756. [LINK]

  8. Lind, C., Young, J. A. & Meyer, C. (2016). Implications of co-occurring cognitive and hearing impairment on communication: An ICF perspective. Seminars in Hearing, 37(3): 200-215. [LINK TO FULL TEXT]

  9. Jovanovic, J.M., Brebner, C.M., Lawless, A.P. and Young, J. (2016) Childcare educators’ understandings of early communication and attachment. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 41(4): 95. [LINK]

  10. Brebner, C.M., Jovanovic, J.M., Lawless, A.P. and Young, J. (2016). Early childhood educators’ understanding of early communication: Application to their work with young children. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 32(3): 277-292. [LINK]

  11. Doeltgen, S. H., Bradnam, L., Young J., & Fong, E. (2015). Transcranial non-invasive brain stimulation in swallowing rehabilitation following stroke – A review of the literature. Physiology and Behaviour, 143: 1-9. [LINK]

  12. Doeltgen, S. H., Young J., & Bradnam, L. (2015). Anodal direct current stimulation of the cerebellum reduces cerebellar brain inhibition but does not influence afferent input from the hand or face in healthy adults. The Cerebellum, 15(4): 466-474 [LINK]

Conference Presentations

  1. Young, J. A., Lind, C., Orange, J.B. (2019). Navigating non-linear narratives along the dementia care continuum: An unplanned and unpredictable transition into long-term care. 17th International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics 2019. Adelaide, South Australia.

  2. Young, J. A., Lind, C., Orange, J.B. (2018). Integrating Applied Conversation Analysis and Constructivist Grounded Theory from a social constructionist perspective. International Conference on Conversation Analysis 2018. Loughborough, UK.

  3. Young, J., Lind, C., & van Steenbrugge, W. (2014) Supporting individuals with dementia in conversation: The implications of overlapping talk. Speech Pathology Australia 2014 National Conference- Connections: client*clinician*context. Melbourne, Australia. May 2014.

Book Reviews

  1. Young, J. & Swaffer, K. (2018). [Review of the book What the hell happened to my brain?: Living beyond dementia, by K. Swaffer]. Dementia, 0(0), 1-4. [LINK]


  1. Hunter, S. C., Young, J.A., Feo, R. (2019). Talking up facilitation in health service implementation projects. Poster session presented 17th International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics 2019. Adelaide, South Australia.

  2. Young, J. A., Lind, C., Orange, J.B. (2017, October). Listening to the voices of people with dementia: A review of the qualitative literature on experiences of permanent transition to long-term residential care. Poster session presented at 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference 2017, Melbourne Australia. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW]