Researcher biography

Marisa Cordella is an Associate Professor in Spanish linguistics. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Monash University, an MA and Graduate Diploma in TESOL from the University of Canberra and a BA in translating and interpreting from Chile.

Her research expertise is in discourse analysis where she has carried out research projects in the areas of doctor-patient communication (general practice, oncology and international medical graduates), intergenerational studies (older immigrants and younger language learners), cross-cultural and intercultural ageing studies and language education. She has carried out cross-disciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Education, Council on the Ageing (COTA), Multicultural Affairs/Commission, Faculties of Medicine, Psychology and Education among others. Marisa has led several teams including the Spanish Programs at the University of Queensland and Monash University and served as the Director of Studies as well as currently holding the position of the Director of Research in the School of Languages and Cultures at UQ.

She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, authored book chapters and two books on discourse analysis and medical communication (one sole and one co-authored), and recently published a co-edited book on intergenerational and intercultural communication. Her research expertise and postgraduate supervision are in the areas of discourse analysis, medical communication, intercultural and intergenerational communication, ageing across cultures, language education and translation studies.

Areas of research