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Dr Selena Young Ee-Li

Dr Young Ee-Li Selena

PhD (Speech Pathology) (USyd), MHealthSc (Education) (Hons) (USyd), BAppSc (Speech Pathology) (USyd)

Head & Senior Principal Speech Therapist

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Specialty: Cleft and Craniofacial Speech Therapy

Sub-specialties: Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies, Paediatric Speech Therapy, Paediatric Language Therapy, Paediatric Dysphagia, Velopharyngeal Dysfunction, Speech Nasendoscopy, Speech Videofluoroscopy

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Alveolar Bone Graft (ABG) for Children born with Cleft Lip and Palate, Cleft Lip and Palate in Children, Craniofacial Anomalies, Lip and Palate, Velopharyngeal Dysfunction, Velopharyngeal Insufficiency.

Clinical Appointments

  • Head & Senior Principal Speech Therapist Cleft & Craniofacial Centre KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital


Dr Selena Young Ee-Li is the Head and Senior Principal Speech Therapist, Cleft and Craniofacial Centre. She obtained her Doctorate in Craniofacial Speech Pathology, Master of Health Science Education (Hons), and a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney. With specialist skills gained from her Ministry of Health fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital in UK, Dr Young continues to focus her endeavours in advancing the field of Craniofacial Speech and Language Pathology in Singapore and the region. Dr Young serves on various MOH and SingHealth workgroups and committees, and is a lecturer and research supervisor at the National University of Singapore Master of Science (Speech and Language Pathology) programme. She has been the recipient of grants as the Principal Investigator, and is involved in numerous grant-awarded multi-disciplinary research projects as the Co-Principal Investigator with international and local team members. Besides presenting her research findings regularly at both local and international conferences, Selena serves as a regular peer reviewer for international SLP journals. Dr Young is also actively involved in volunteer work as a team Speech Pathologist with Smile Asia and Operation Smile Singapore.


  • PhD Speech Pathology (University of Sydney) 2011
  • MHealthSc with Hons (Education) (University of Sydney) 2002
  • Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Behavioural Science) (University of Sydney) 2001
  • BAppSc Speech Pathology (University of Sydney) 1998

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

Professional Appointments
  • Head of Craniofacial Speech Pathology, KKH; 2012 – present
  • Chairperson and Examiner – MOH Allied Health Professions Council (Speech Language Therapy Qualifying Examination Board); 2013 – present
  • Postgraduate Education Clinical Education Lead – SingHealth College of Allied Health; 2017 – 2019
  • Guest Lecturer, Examiner, Research Supervisor – National University of Singapore (NUS) MSc (Speech and Language Pathology)
  • Domain Coordinator – Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Curriculum Development Workgroup (2019)

Committee Memberships
  • Member – Ministry of Health Speech Therapy Curiculum Review Working Committee; 2019 – present
  • Member – SingHealth Speech Therapy Professional Committee; 2016 – present
  • Member – Allied Health Professions Council Complaints Committee; 2015 – present
  • SingHealth Allied Health Service Education Representative – MOH Curriculum Review Standing Committee; 2018 – 2019
  • Member – SingHealth Career Development Pathway for Speech Therapy; 2014 – present
  • Co-Lead - Supporting Allied Health Professionals in AHPs in Future-ready plan: Speak up and challenge the current status quo Workgroup; 2019 – 2021
  • Member - Supporting Allied Health Professionals in Research Workgroup; 2019 – 2021
  • Panellist – AM.EI Golden Apple Awards; 2015 – present
  • Member – Smile Asia Singapore Medical Volunteer Credentialling Committee (Speech-Language Pathology); 2015 – 2018

Professional Memberships
  • Member – Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Singapore
  • Executive Council Member – Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language, and Hearing
  • Internationally Credentialled Speech Pathologist – Smile Asia and Operation Smile Singapore
  • Member – Speech And Language Therapy Singapore


  • 20-year Long Service Award (SingHealth), 2019
  • Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM.EI) Education Grant, 2018
  • 11th Allied Health Innovation Practice – GEM Award, 2018
  • AM.EI Golden Apple Award (Outstanding Educator, Allied Health), 2016
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Silver), 2016
  • Outstanding Allied Health Professional Award (GCEO Excellence Awards), 2015
  • Service From The Heart Award, 2014
  • 10-year Long Service Award (SingHealth), 2009
  • University of Sydney International Research Scholarship, 2007
  • National Innovation and Quality Circles Convention (Gold), 2005
  • Ministry of Health Health Manpower Development Programme Award (Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK), 2003
  • Service With A Heart Award, 2001
  • Parkway Healthcare Foundation and Marine Parade Community Development Council Scholarship, 2000
  • Singapore General Hospital Scholarship, 1997

Research Interests

  • Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Syndromes (e.g., Apert Syndrome, 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome)
  • Speech and Surgical Outcomes following Craniofacial Surgery Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Velopharyngeal Dysfunction and Nasalance
  • Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy
  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Cognition
  • Singapore Preschool and School-aged Education


  • Letter to the Editor Following “Prospective Clinical Trial Comparing Outcome Measures Between Furlow and von Langenbeck Palatoplasties for UCLP” by William N. Williams, M. Brent Seagle, Maria Ines Pegoraro-Krook, et al. Annals of Plastic Surgery, 2011. Lu Q, Lee ST, Young SE, Tay SB. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2019 Nov. Published ahead of Print. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002078
  • Standardised Nurse-Led Feeding Pathway for Stable Preterm Infants Facilitates Timely Hospital Discharge. Lim PEPJ, Young SE, Lau DRW, Tay EYL, Ong CS, Chua MC. Singapore Nursing Journal. 2019 May-Aug; 46(2):18-24.
  • Surgical and Speech Outcomes of Two Surgical Techniques and Two Timings for Isolated Cleft Palate Repair: A Randomised Trial. Yeow VKL, Young SE, Chen PK, Lee ST, Machin D, Lu Q. Australasian Journal of Plastic Surgery. 2019 March; 2(1):44-54.
  • Effect of Dialect on Phonological Analysis. Low A, Koh G, Young SE, Chandler-Yeo H. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. 2018 Dec; 33(5):457-78.
  • A child with a Syndrome involving a Structural Anatomical Anomaly. Young SE. In Intervention Case Studies of Child Speech Impairment (Dodd B & Morgan A, Editors). J&R Press Ltd : UK. 2017 Jul; pp 51-74.
  • Early Reading Abilities of Bilingual Children with Nonsyndromic Orofacial Clefts. Cheong MHY, Young SE, Young DPCY, Lee LC, Rickard Liow SJ. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2017 Feb; 55(2):259-68.
  • Vocabulary Development of Toddlers with Cleft Lip and/or Palate. Lee SFF, Young SE, Chastan M, Tan SH. Speech, Language and Hearing. 2016 May; 19(2): 105-20.
  • Results of Primary Repair of Submucous Cleft Palate with Furlow Palatoplasty in both syndromic and nonsyndromic children. Ng ZY, Young SE, Por YC, Yeow, V. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2015 Sep; 52(5):525-31.
  • Story Retelling Abilities of Bilingual Children with Non-syndromic Cleft Lip and/or Palate. Chang CSE, Young SE, Rickard Liow SJ, Chong, CXY. Speech, Language and Hearing. 2015 Jun; 18(2):91-101.
  • Spelling Processes of Children with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and/or Palate. Lee KSM, Young SE, Rickard Liow SJ, Purcell AA. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2015 Jan; 52(1):70-81.
  • Bilingual Children with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and/or Palate: Language and Memory Skills. Young SE, Purcell AA, Ballard KJ, Rickard Liow SJ, Da Silva Ramos S, Heard R. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. 2012 Oct; 55(5):1314-1328.
  • Communication and Cognition Profiles in Parents of Children with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and/or Palate. Young SE, Ballard KJ, Heard R, Purcell, AA. Journal of Clinical Experimental Neuropsychology. 2011 Jun; 33(6):658-671.
  • Expressive Language Skills in Chinese Singaporean Preschoolers with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and/or Palate. Young SE, Purcell AA, Ballard KJ. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2010 May; 74(5):456-464.

Research Trials

  • Training Programme for Speech Therapists on the use of a Portfolio-based Competency Framework for Professional Development (2018-2020)
  • Rate of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency after Primary Cleft Palate Repair (2016-2019)
  • Spectral Biofeedback: A Complementary Therapy Approach for Articulation Disorders (2015-2016)
  • Impact of orthodontic brackets and orthodontic therapy on speech: A prospective study (2012-2014)
  • Exploring Language Skills in Children with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and/or Palate (2011-2014)
  • An Investigation into the Language and Cognitive Phenotype of Chinese Singaporean Preschoolers with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and/or Palate (2007-2010)
  • Randomised Controlled Trial of Speech and Growth Outcomes between 2 Surgical Techniques and 2 Timings for Clefts of the Secondary Palate (2002-2005)