Lisa Archibald, PhD

Director, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Lisa Archibald is a professor and the director of the School of Communication Sciences at Western University (2021-present).

Prior to completing her PhD, Professor Archibald worked as a clinical Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) for over 15 years providing services to children and adults, in schools, hospitals, and other facilities. From 2000 to 2002, she worked as a clinical lecturer in the H. A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western. She provided clinical supervision in the area of acquired communication disorders in adults. In 2006, she completed her doctoral studies at Durham University, UK where she studied links between memory and language processes in children with an unexplained difficulty acquiring language now known as Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). 

After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Western University (2006-2008), Professor Archibald joined the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders as an assistant professor. In addition to her ongoing research programs examining the cognitive underpinnings of language learning, her work has also focused on school-based collaborations between speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and educators aimed at supporting children with DLD and other language learning difficulties in the classroom. She was part of an international team of researchers and stakeholders considering the terminology and profile of children with DLD.

Her advocacy work for children with DLD has included serving on the international committee of the organization Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder ( and continuing to serve as a founding member of Professor Archibald is the author of The DLD Toolbox, an online resource for SLPs to support diagnostic decisions regarding DLD.

Learn more about Professor Archibald's research here.