Elisabeth Willadsen
Elisabeth Willadsen

Professor with special responsibilities

As professos (wsr) in speech and language disorders, my primary research is in individuals born with cleft palate. My special interest is the consequences of the condition for the early language development and acquisition of phonology. 
My research primarily focuses on longitudinal investigations of groups of children with cleft palate followed over a number of years. 

Since 1997 I have taken part in a North European research project (Scandcleft) that follows 450 children born with unilateral cleft lip and palate from birth until adulthood. 
Likewise I am part of an international research project that primarily investigates if timing of surgical closure of the palate has an influence on speech development. This project has enrolled 558 participants with isolated cleft palate from 5 different countries (Brazil, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and Denmark) and includes 23 treatment centers og around 300 practitioners from many disciplines such as plastic surgeons, speech and language therapists, geneticists, orthodontists, E-N-T doctors, nurses and psychologists. The project is funded by the American National Institute of Health and continues until the summer of 2020. 

Teaching

I teach courses on cleft lip and palate, childrens' early language development, phonological development and interventions for speech sound disorders.

I supervise BA projects and MA theses within the fields of my research and teaching.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Timing Of Primary Surgery for cleft palate (TOPS): protocol for a randomised trial of palate surgery at 6 months versus 12 months of age

    Shaw, W., Semb, G., Lohmander, A., Persson , C., Willadsen, Elisabeth, Clayton-Smith, J., Trinidade, I. K., Munro, K. J., Gamble, C., Harman, N., Conroy, E. J., Weichart, D. & Williamson, P. R., 19 Jul 2019, In : B M J Open.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    Scandcleft Randomised Trials of Primary Surgery for Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate. Planning and Management

    Semb, G., Enemark, H., Paulin, G., Rautio, J., Andersen, M., Åbyholm, F., Lohmander, A., Worthington, H., Shaw, W., Mølsted, K., Heliövaara, A., Bolund, S., Hukki, J., Vindenes, H., Davenport, P., Arctander, K., Larson, O., Berggren, A., Whitby, D., Leonard, A., Neovius, E., Elander, A., Willadsen, Elisabeth, Bannister, T., Bradbury, E., Henningsson, G., Persson , C., Eyres, P., Emborg, B., Kisling-Møller, M., Küseler, A., Granhof Black, B., Schöps, A., Boers, M., Søgaard Andersen, H., Jeppesen, K., Marxen, D., Paaso, M., Hölttä, E., Alaluusua, S., Turunen, L., Humerinta, K., Elfving-Little, U., Tørdal, I., Kjøll, L., Aukner, R., Hide, Ø., Billaud Feragen, K., Rønning, E., Skaare, P., Brinck, E., Semmingsen, A. M., Lindberg, N., Bowden, M., Davies, J., Mooney, J., Bellardie, H., Schofield, N., Nyberg, J., Lundberg, M., Linder-Aronson Karsten, A., Larson, M., Holmefjord, A., Reisæter, S., Pedersen, N. H., Rasmussen, T., Tindlund, R., Sæle, P., Blomhoff, R., Jacobsen, G., Havstam, C., Rizell, S., Enocson, L., Hagberg, C., Chalien, M. N., Paganini, A., Lundeborg, I., Marcusson, A., Mjönes, A., Gustavsson, A., Hayden, C., McAleer, E., Slevan, E. & Gregg, T., 20 Feb 2017, In : Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. 51, 1, p. 2-13 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    THE SCANDCLEFT RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIALS: SPEECH OUTCOMES IN 5-YEAR-OLDS WITH UCLP – consonant proficiency and errors

    Willadsen, Elisabeth, Persson , C., Lohmander, A., Lundeborg, I., Alaluusua, S., Aukner, R., Bau, A., Boers, M., Bowden, M., Davies, J., Emborg, B., Havstam, C., Henningsson, G., Holmefjord, A., Hölttä, E., Kisling-Møller, M., Kjøll, L., Lundberg, M., McAleer, E., Nyberg, J., Paaso, M., Pedersen, N. H., Rasmussen, T., Reisæter, S., Søgaard Andersen, H., Schöps, A., Tørdal, I. & Semb, G., 20 Feb 2017, In : Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. 1, 51, p. 38-51 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  4. Published

    Scandcleft randomised trials of primary surgery for unilateral cleft lip and palate: 4. Speech outcomes in 5-year-olds - velopharyngeal competency and hypernasality

    Lohmander, A., Persson, C., Willadsen, Elisabeth, Lundeborg, I., Alaluusua, S., Aukner, R., Bau, A., Boers, M., Bowden, M., Davies, J., Emborg, B., Havstam, C., Hayden, C., Henningsson, G., Holmefjord, A., Hölttä, E., Kisling-Møller, M., Kjøll, L., Lundberg, M., McAleer, E., Nyberg, J., Paaso, M., Pedersen, N. H., Rasmussen, T., Reisæter, S., Søgaard Andersen, H., Schöps, A., Tørdal, I. B. & Semb, G., 2017, In : Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery. 51, 1, p. 27-37 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  5. Published

    Longitudinal study of the development of obstruent correctness from ages 3 to 5 years in 108 Danish children with unilateral cleft lip and palate: a sub‐study within a multicentre randomized controlled trial

    Jørgensen, L. D. & Willadsen, Elisabeth, 2020, In : International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. p. 121-135

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  6. Published

    Scandcleft Project, Trial 1: Comparison of Speech Outcome in Relation to Timing of Hard Palate Closure in 5-Year-Olds With UCLP

    Willadsen, Elisabeth, Lohmander, A., Persson , C., Boers, M., Kisling-Møller, M., Havstam, C., Elander, A. & Andersen, M., Jun 2019, In : Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/1055665619854632.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  7. E-pub ahead of print

    Scandcleft Project Trial 2 ‒ Comparison of speech outcome in one and two-stage palatal closure in 5-year-olds with UCLP

    Lundeborg, I., Nyberg, J., Alaluusua, S., Willadsen, Elisabeth, Persson , C. & Lohmander, A., 20 Nov 2019, In : Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Journal.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  8. Accepted/In press

    Scandcleft Project Trial 3 – comparison of speech outcomes in relation to sequence in twostage palatal repair procedures in 5-year-olds with unilateral cleft lip and palate

    Persson , C., Davies, J., Willadsen, Elisabeth, Bowden, M., Hayden, C., Aukner, R. & Pedersen, N. H., 1 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Journal.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  9. Published

    Influence of timing of hard palate repair in a two-stage procedure on early language development in Danish children with cleft palate

    Willadsen, Elisabeth, Sep 2012, In : Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Journal. 49, 5, p. 574-595 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  10. Published

    Lexical selectivity in Danish toddlers with cleft palate

    Willadsen, Elisabeth, Jul 2013, In : Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Journal. 50, 4, p. 456-465

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  11. Published

    Methodology for Speech Assessment in the Scandcleft Project-An International Randomized Clinical Trial on Palatal Surgery: Experiences From a Pilot Study

    Willadsen, Elisabeth, 2009, In : Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Journal. 46, 4, p. 347-363 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  12. Published

    Assessment of prelinguistic vocalizations in real time: a comparison with phonetic transcription and assessment of inter-coder-reliability

    Willadsen, Elisabeth, Persson , C., Patricks, K., Lohmander, A. & Oller, D. K., 11 Nov 2019, In : Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2019.1681516.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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