Researcher biography

Dr 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, international medical graduates & medical interpreting); 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 Teaching & Learning as well as 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 books on discourse analysis, medical communication, intergenerational studies, intercultural communication, ageing and language education as sole author or in collaboration with colleagues in the area. Her research expertise and postgraduate supervision are in the areas described above.

Areas of research