Dr Anna Volkmer
Speech and Language Therapist / NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow
Place of work / study:
Language and Cognition, Department of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London
Area of Research:
Speech and language therapy interventions in language led dementia
Tell us a little about yourself:
I completed my undergraduate speech and language therapy degree at UCL in 2002 before I embarked on a career working with adults who have had strokes, brain injuries or have progressive neurological conditions such as dementia. I worked across England and Australia before returning to London in 2010. It was whilst working in Melbourne, Australia that I became particularly passionate about working with people with language led dementia (also called primary progressive aphasia). On returning to the UK I wrote a book on assessment and management of language and cognition in progressive communication disorders. Around that time I also decided that I wanted to pursue a clinical and academic career and started to look into doing a PhD.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I was voted scariest speech and language therapist in my undergraduate speech and language therapy class.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I find it frustrating that there is an inequity in speech and language therapy services for people living with language led dementia across the UK and feel passionate about increasing the profile and value of these important services.