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 am currently the Professional Lead for Public Health and Social Care, in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work. In this role, I provide leadership and management across courses in Social Work, Human Physiology and Speech, Language and Human Communication Sciences. My aim is to maintain and develop 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.
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.