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I am a health psychologist with a special interest in language development and associated disorders. I joined the Speech and Language Research Unit in 2009 and have been working on several projects:
- Investigating factors that therapists use to prioritise pre-school children for speech and language therapy (Sue Roulstone)
- Exploring important goals of therapy for children with speech, language and communication needs as part of the Better Communication Research Programme (BCRP; Sue Roulstone, Jane Coad)
- Reviewing the impact of multi-lingualism on the acquisition of English speech sounds (Yvonne Wren).
I am also studying for a PhD at the University of the West of England, supervised by Sue Roulstone and Tillie Curran. My study focuses on children aged 7-11 years who are receiving speech and language therapy support for primary language impairment. I am exploring family, professional and peer perspectives on goals of intervention using interviews and arts activities.
I have a broad interest in psychology and communication in health care. I am involved in a project at Southmead hospital that aims to identify and improve effective team work and communication in obstetric emergencies and have previously worked on a project to improve communication within childrens’ and teenagers’ diabetes