Projects

PhD Supervision

If you are interested in pursuing a dissertation project or PhD with me , please get in touch. I am interested in supervising projects in any area of my research interests (see below).

Current doctoral students

Luke Kendrick - 'Executive function and rehabilitation in Aphasia'. Co-supervision with Dr. Holly Robson.

Madhawi Altaib - 'Assessment of speech production in arabic speaking individuals with aphasia'. Co-supervision with Prof. Theo Marinis

Previous doctoral students

Catherine Godbold - 'Non-word errors in jargon aphasia: Exploring the underlying mechanisms'. Awarded 2016. Co-supervision with Dr. Arpita Bose.

Mohammad Alameer - 'Anxiety and motor speech treatments of stammering'. Awarded 2015. Co-supervision with Dr. David Ward.

Broader motivation

The mind and brain process information in a continuous way, over time, and there is good evidence that we are constantly learning (even into old age). I am interested in the language system as a whole, dynamic set of functions. For example, how different processes interact, how we can more closely model the reality of language processing, how we define linguistic representations, and the importance of context for processing.

My work translates between theory and clinical practice. This means I try to understand the mechanisms and motivation for assessment, intervention and strategies to support adults with acquired speech, language and communication needs as a result of neurological damage.

Topics

  • Assessment and intervention for neurogenic speech and language disorders
  • Learning and rehabilitation
  • Semantic processing
  • How language interacts with 'non-linguistic' cognitive processes
  • Using R for data analysis cran.r-project.org


Grants

  • University of Reading 2020 Research Fellowship. £4000. Spring/Summer 2017.
  • "Multidisciplinary computer-based motor and language therapy for acquired brain injury". Co-applicant. PI: Dr. Holly Robson. £9984.25. NIHR Brain Injury Innovation Small Funding Competition 2014-2015.
  • "Database of Acquired Language Impairment Profiles (DALIP): a resource for exploring the nature and impact of language processing difficulties in adults with neurological impairments" Principal Investigator. Co-applicants: Dr. Arpita Bose & Dr. Holly Robson £23789. British Academy ARP scheme, AN140005, 2014-2019.
  • "Mixed models and the Exploration of the Language System". Principal Investigator. £6827. British Academy, SQ120069, 2013-2014.
  • "Grades of processing in language comprehension". Principal Investigator.£1280. Research Endowment Trust Fund Pump Priming Award, 2011.


Current projects

  • Building a large, sharable, database of behavioural data from assessments/experiments with individuals who have aphasia following stroke. See the our lab page for more details
  • Developing assessment tools that explore the influence of context on language processing
  • Exploring the relationship between learning, functional communication and therapy outcomes for individuals with aphasia


Methods

  • Case-studies and case-series of patient groups
  • Experimental psychology
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  • Structural and functional imaging (MRI)