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- Speech & Brain Research Group (Prof. Kate Watkins) Research Group
MA MSc DPhil
- Research Speech & Language Therapist
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, as a Research Assistant on Riikka Möttönen’s MRC funded project investigating sensorimotor interactions for speech communication. I went on to complete my DPhil, funded by an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship. My project, which was supervised by Kate Watkins and Riikka Möttönen, investigated the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) to promote speech fluency and included a randomised controlled trial of TDCS with adults who stutter.
Currently, I am continuing to pursue my interest in speech fluency, working as a post-doctoral researcher on an MRC funded project, led by Kate Watkins. We are investigating the neural basis of stuttering using a range of brain imaging and stimulation techniques. This project includes the INSTEP trial of TDCS in developmental stuttering.