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Dr Chris Markham

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Interim Head of School / Associate Head Research and Knowledge Services
  • 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 currently the Interim 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.

Research Interests

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.  


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I have been fortunate to have led or collaborated on numerous successfully funded projects cumulating in over £1.5 million of research funding. Funders have included the Department of Health, National Institute for Health Research and numerous research charities.


Markham, C (2012, May) Quality of Life and Language Delay. Paper presented at the UK Down Syndrome Research forum [Conference]. Sara Duffen Centre, Portsmouth.

Markham, C (2011, June) Predicting Quality of Life for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Paper presented at Lost for Words [Conference], City University, London, UK.

Markham, C. (2010, March) Paper presented at Portsmouth PCT Speech and Language Therapy “Celebrating Success” [Conference], Children with SaLD and their views of their QoL. St Mary’s Hospital Education Centre, Portsmouth.

Gal, D., Dewey, A, Markham, C., Stores, R. & Dean, T. (2008, December) Evaluation of an evidence based practice short course for NHS staff. Poster presented at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine [Conference], Oxford, U.K.

Markham, C. (2007, December) The development and validation of a QoL Measure for children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties. Paper presented at the 8th Conference of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies [conference], The San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, San Diego, California, USA.

Markham, C, Gibbard, D. & Dean, T. (2006, September) Challenges in developing a quality of life measure for communication impaired children. Poster presented at Making Connections 2 [Conference], City University, London, U.K.


I am a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church.

I undertake the role of internal and external doctoral examination.

I am also a member of an NHS Research Ethics Committee and Chair of the Science Faculty Ethics Committee.

Postgraduate Research Supervised

I am currently supervising the following doctoral studies:

A feasibility study of a manualised communication intervention for carers of people with dementia.

Transforming student learning through simulation.

An evaluation of a care pathway for people with aphasia.

A feasibility study of pilates or standard physiotherapy for people with multiple sclerosis.


Achievement and Recognition

NIHR Personal fellowship 1995
Fellow HEA