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Emeritus Professor (University of the West of England)
I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in Manchester and have worked as a clinician, an educator, a manager and a researcher.
As a therapist I have worked mainly with children and have always been interested in the interface between therapy and education.
My Masters degree in Education at the University of Liverpool reflected these interests, with a dissertation focusing on special needs curriculae in colleges of further education.
For my PhD I studied therapists' decision making with preschool children. My research interests include
- children and family perspectives on speech and language impairment
- professional judgement and decision making
- epidemiology of speech and language impairment
- evaluation of speech and language therapy service delivery;
I was Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists from 2004 - 2006.