An undergraduate degree in English Language and working with adults and children in a variety of care and education settings led me to Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) as a career. After qualifying from the University of Newcastle, I worked in Glasgow as a Community Paediatric SLT for 14 years. My clinical interests were in speech sound disorders, dysfluency, and working with children from multilingual backgrounds.
Alongside my clinical work, I supported students on placements as a Clinical Tutor at the University of Strathclyde for 8 years. I delivered teaching and learning there in relation to bilingualism, professional roles in SLT, principles in assessment, and research investigation. In 2015, I became involved in research, working on projects with children with voice disorder, improving client transitions between SLT teams, and using ultrasound tongue imaging with children’s speech.
In 2018, I joined Queen Margaret University to begin my PhD research into the use of ultrasound tongue imaging and electropalatography with children with speech sound disorders. In this role, I implemented a bimonthly Research Café for Doctoral Candidates to share learning and experience, and reflect on themes that arise throughout the doctoral journey.
The following year, I joined the lecturing staff and placement team here at QMU. My teaching interests are in speech sound disorders and lifespan development. I sit on the committee of the Scottish Clinical Excellence Network for Speech Sound Disorders which provides regular development events for SLTs across Scotland.
Affiliations/Memberships to other organisations:
Certified Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (CertMRCSLT) continuous since 2004
Registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPCReg) continuous since 2006
Research Overview: My research interests concern the use of ultrasound tongue imaging and electropalatography with children and young people with speech sound disorders. These imaging techniques can be valuable in understanding the nature of speech sound disorder classification, and have a practical clinical application in differential diagnosis. Furthermore, they can be used as visual biofeedback tools in intervention, particularly in acquisition of speech sounds.
Active research interests: Currently undertaking a PhD “Instrumental analysis and classification of speech sound disorders: electropalatography and ultrasound tongue imaging in analysis and treatment of unresolved errors”.
Research Centre/s name:Clinical Audiology, Speech and Langauge Research Centre.
My primary teaching areas are Speech Sound Disorders and Lifespan Development on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I also teach on modules related to clinical practice and practice-based learning. I am a member of the clinical placement team and share responsibility for supporting students in their clinical skills development, as well as SLTs in their role as Practice Educators.