Lecturer/ Speech and Language Therapist

Division: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr. Louise Cotton (PhD, MSc, PGCE, BA Hons) is a Lecturer/ Speech and Language Therapist in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Division. She is also an affiliate member of the Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre (CASL).

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Teaching & Learning

Worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in a variety of settings for City and Hackney Teaching Primary Care Trust (adults and children with learning disabilities and in main- stream schools), and at Wandsworth College (FE College students 16+ with SpLDs). Completed a PhD investigating disfluencies and speech errors in students with dyslexia.  Currently working as a Lecturer in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences (0.4). 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:


Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Disfluency and speech errors in adults and children across the lifespan, including normal and pathological populations. Links between literacy impairments and speech disfluencies and whether there is a shared locus of impairment (phonology, memory, attention). The relationship between reading fluency and spoken language and the overall impact on reading comprehension. Of particular interest also is the much debated SLI and dyslexia continuum and other comorbid developmental disorders, and the psychosocial impact in terms of educational and professional outcomes.

Active Research Interests:

  • Disfluencies in adults and children with dyslexia, comorbidity between ASD and dyslexia, pragmatic impairments and reading comprehension, reading fluency versus speaking fluency, the role of memory in reading fluency and reading comprehension. Comparing performance on written and auditory presented tongue twisters in individuals with and without literacy impairments. The concept of literacy in a technological world. Dyslexia in ESL speakers.

Research Methods:

  • Quantitative approaches, measuring disfluency and speech prosody using PRAAT, EPrime for tongue twister experiments. 
  • Use of Ultrasound to compare speech production across different presentation modes (auditory versus written material).
  • Qualitative approaches: Conversation and discourse analysis, conversation partner training,

Current Teaching: Developmental and Acquired Literacy Disorders including theory, diagnosis and models of normal and disordered literacy. Acquired Literacy impairments including different types of dyslexia and dysgraphia (acquired disorder of spelling). Impaired conversations (in adults with aphasia) and conversation partner training. Co-morbidity in Developmental Disorders (Dyslexia and SLI, ASD, ADHD and Dysfluency), Evidence Based Practice, Dysfluency (developmental and adults). 

Program Leader:

SM056 Clinical Contexts


Undergraduate Modules :

  • S1175 Professional Practice Foundations
  • S1177 The Lifespan: Typical Development, Variation and Change
  • S2160 Professional roles and Interprofessional teamwork (Interprofessional Education 2)
  • S2168 Clinical Placements 1 & 2
  • S2169 Developmental Impairments of Language and Communication
  • S2170 Specific Speech Impairment
  • S3258  Acquired language and neurogenic communication impairments
  • S4127 Literacy Across the Lifespan

Postgraduate Modules:

  • S4163   Foundations for Speech and Language Therapy
  • SM032 Professional Practice for Speech and Language Therapists
  • SM048 Neurology for Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology
  • SM056 Clinical Contexts