Associate Professor Shajila Singh

A/Prof Shajila Singh


PhD. Northwestern University.  USA

MA.  Speech-Language Pathology.  Northwestern University. USA.

B. Speech and Hearing Therapy.  University of KwaZulu Natal.


Speech Language Pathology

Teaching area

Adult Dysphagia; Adult Motor Speech

Teaching courses

Adult dysphagia & motor speech; Acquired Neurogenic language disorders; Voice; Sign Language

Research Area/focus

Adults with swallowing difficulties
Creation of linguistically and culturally relevant professional material – including technology

Research Interests

  • Dysphagia Paediatric
  • Dysphagia TB
  • HIV/AIDS Service delivery


  • HPCSA – Speech Language and Hearing Professions Education Committee; Maintenance of Licence Task Team
  • American Speech Language Hearing Association – member, ccc-slp
  • South African Speech Language Hearing Association - African Connections Project
  • Council on Higher Education – Accreditation Committee


Pascoe, M., & Singh, S.  Speech-language therapy services in South Africa: Towards increased relevance through the development of linguistically appropriate assessments. Accepted for publication.

Tchoungui Oyono, L., Bello-Mojeed, M. & Singh, S.A. The feasibility and acceptability of communication-focused parent-mediated interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders in low and middle-income countries – a scoping review. Submitted for review.

Moepeng, M., Singh, S.A., Ramma, L. (2021). Contextually appropriate school entry hearing screening protocol for low- and middle-income countries: A scoping review. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 110788

Irlam, J., Datay, M.I., Reid, S., Alperstein, M., Hartman, N., Namane, M., Singh, S., Walters, F. (2021). How well do we teach the Primary Health Care approach? A qualitative case study of health sciences course documents, educators, and students at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Science. African Journal of Health Professions Education, 13(1), 83-92.

Stone, J., Hoosen, A., Hochfelden, H., Maposa, I., & Singh, S. (2020). A retrospective review of speech-language therapy services provided to adult inpatients at a central-level hospital in Gauteng, South Africa. South African Journal of Communication Disorders67(1), 1-8.

Singh, S. A., & Fish, T. D. (2019). South African health practitioners’ patterns of CPD practices–implications for maintenance of licensure. African Journal of Health Professions Education11(4), 123-128.

Schie, K. E., Spies, E., Hyams, L. B., Singh, S., Bell, N. C., Vallabhjee, A. L., ... & Maposa, I. (2019). Paediatric dysphagia within the context of South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease, seen at a tertiary level hospital. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1-10.

Singh, S.A., & Fish, T.D. Journey from Continuous Professional Development towards Maintenance of Licensure – the South African experience. African Journal of Health Professional Education. Submitted for review.

Pascoe, M., & Singh, S. Speech-language therapy services in South Africa: Towards increased relevance through the development of linguistically appropriate assessments. Book chapter accepted for publication.

Oyono, L. T., Pascoe, M., & Singh, S. (2018). The Prevalence of Speech and Language Disorders in French-Speaking Preschool Children From Yaoundé (Cameroon). Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research61(5), 1238-1250.

Keeton, N.; Kathard, H., Singh, SA. (2017). Clinical educators' experiences of facilitating learning when speaking a different language from both the student and client.BMC Res Notes (2017) 10:546. DOI 10.1186/s13104-017-2874-4

Ghafari, N., Rogers, C., Petersen, L., & Singh S. (2015).  The Occurrence of Auditory Dysfunction in Children with TB Receiving Ototoxic Medication at a TB Hospital in South Africa. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 79(7):1101-1105. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2015.04.040

Singh, S.A., Booth, A., Choto, F., Gotlieb, J., Greene, R., Morris, G., Stockley, N., Mauff, K. (2015). New Graduates’ Perceptions of Preparedness to Provide SLT services in general and dysphagia in particular. SAJCD, 62(1). doi: 10.4102/sajcd.v62i1.110

Kenny, N., Singh S.A. (2015).Decision Making for Enteral Nutrition in Adult Patients with Dysphagia: A Guide for Health Care Professionals.

Norman, V., Singh S. A., Hittler, T., Jones, N., Kenny, N., Mann, R., McFarlane, S., & Moeng, A. (2011). Indications, medical conditions, and services related to gastrostomy placement in infants and children at a tertiary hospital in South Africa. SA Journal of Child Health, 5(3), 86-89.

Ramma, L, Petersen, L & Singh, S. (2011). Vuvuzelas at South African soccer matches: Risks for spectators’ hearing. Noise & Health13(50), 71-75.

Hewetson, R. & Singh, S.A.(2009). The lived experience of being the mother of a child with chronic feeding difficulties.Dyphagia, 24, 322 – 332.

Pascoe, M., & Singh, S.A. (2008).“By the end of this course you should be able to…”.  Towards Constructive Alignment in the SLP Curriculum.  South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 55:  91-110 

Singh, S.A.(2007). A place for mixed methodologies? The South African Journal of Communication Disorders, 54, 17-19.

North-Matthiassen, C., & Singh, S.A.(2007). The hearing profile among learners in schools in the Western Cape, South Africa. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 71 (1), 113-118.

Jelsma, J., & Singh, S. (2005). Research Protocols – lessons from ethical review. South African Medical Journal, 95:107-108.

Singh, S.A. (2003). Editorial: Obtaining Informed Consent in Individuals with Communication impairments. South African Journal of Communication Disorders.

Hain, T.C., Burnett, T.A., Kiran, S., Larson, C.R., Singh, S.A. & Kenney, M.K. (2000). Instructing subjects to make a voluntary response reveals the presence of two components to the audio – vocal reflex.Experimental Brain Research. 130:130-141.