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Associate Professor of Speech and Communication, University of Bristol, UK; Director, Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit, North Bristol NHS Trust, UK., University of Bristol

I am the Director of Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit and Associate Professor of Speech and Communication at the University of Bristol. I am also an expert advisor to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and a trustee for I CAN, the children’s communication charity.

My main areas of research include speech sound disorder in children, cleft lip and palate, early language development and the use of technology in assessing language skills in children.

I run a research unit focused entirely on speech and language therapy, so have some involvement with our other areas of research (stammering, head and neck cancer, use of communication aids). Beyond that I lead a multidisciplinary study in cleft lip and palate, working with cleft surgeons, psychologists, audiologists, dentists and orthodontists.

Experience

  • 1999–present
    Director, Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • 2015–present
    Senior research fellow, University of Bristol

Education

  • 2005 
    University of Bristol , PhD in Psychology, Phonological Impairment, Software intervention

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Health and Care Professions Council