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Research Speech & Language Therapist
I qualified as a speech and language therapist in London and have since worked in a variety of contexts with children and adults who stammer. My Masters degree in Human Communication (University of London) led to the completion of a small scale treatment evaluation study with adults attending group intensive stammering courses.
During the following twenty years I worked with children and adults who stammer; lectured on several different SLT courses; completed, with colleagues, a further treatment evaluation study and obtained a Diploma in Personal Construct Psychology.
In 1995 I moved to Bristol and continued clinical work with stammering children and adults. I obtained a bursary to study the Lidcombe Program in Australia and started contributing to the stammering research programme at SLTRU in the late 1990s.
My PhD study (University of the West of England, 2009) focused on parents’ experiences of the Lidcombe Program.
I am an advisor for both the British Stammering Association and the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists and a founder member of the Lidcombe Program Trainers’ Consortium. I continue to contribute to under-graduate and post-graduate education.
The research topics that I have pursued all developed from clinical questions and have been influenced by my interest in personal meanings, experiences and the variations in responsiveness to treatment that are evident in clinical work. In addition, I have worked with members of the ALSPAC team investigating outcomes for children who stammer.