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Jennifer Chesters

MA MSc

Speech & Brain Research Group (Watkins Lab)

  • MRC Clinical Research Training Fellow
  • Research Speech & Language Therapist
Biography

Research Summary

Can non-invasive brain stimulation enhance the speech fluency of people who stutter?

I completed a Psychology MA at St Andrews University, where I developed an interest in the neural basis of communication. I went on to take the Speech and Language Sciences MSc course at UCL. I have worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in Learning Disability, Forensic Mental Health and Dysfluency services.

I joined the Speech and Brain Research Group in January 2011. Until 2013 I worked as a Research Assistant on Riikka Möttönen’s MRC funded project investigating sensorimotor interactions for speech communication. I am now completing my DPhil project: “Enhancing speech fluency with non-invasive brain stimulation in Developmental Stuttering”, which is funded by an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship. I'm interested in how transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS), a non-invasive brain stimulation method, could increase fluency in people who stutter. As part of my DPhil project, I will complete a Randomised Controlled Trial, combining TDCS with speech therapy. 

Research Areas

Speech Production

Developmental Stuttering (Stammering)

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