School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Dr Chris Markham

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Head of School
  • Address: James Watson Building, 2 King Richard 1st Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 02392 842893
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am a qualified Speech and Language therapist and have practiced throughout the Health and Education sectors. I carried out my PhD in Health Psychology, designing and validating an outcome measure and therapy planning tool for children and young people with communication needs.  I have experience teaching and leading teams in Higher Education across a variety of areas in Health and Social Care.

I am Head of School and in this role provide leadership and management with the aim of maintaining and developing a high quality educational experience for all our students. This includes research informed teaching and I continue to carry out and publish work across our curricular areas. I am also the Lead for the Dept of Health funded Research Design Service South Central, a service providing researchers in Health and Social Care with support in developing competitive grant applications.


Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to teaching across the School's course, particularly evidence based practice, human development and children’s communication needs. I coordinate the final year dissertation unit and supervise a number of doctoral studies in speech and language therapy, health service research and collaboration in Higher Education.


My primary research interest is in children and young people’s communication needs and I am currently continuing to work on further validation, of a Quality of Life measure, for this group. I am also collaborating on studies evaluating interventions for children with speech and language needs. I am also working on feasibility studies in Speech and Language Therapy with older people and physiotherapy for people with multiple sclerosis. I have an interest in research methodologies and their combined application to health and social care needs and experiences.  


Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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