Profile – Professor Rosemary Varley

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Professor Rosemary Varley


Professor Rosemary Varley

Job Title:

Professor Acquired Language Disorders

Place of work / study:

Language & Cognition, University College London

Area of research:

Language disorders in post-stroke aphasia and dementia; role of language in non-verbal cognition.

How is your work funded:

The Stroke Association; Alzheimer’s Society.

Tell us a little about yourself:            

I have held posts at UCL, University of Sheffield and Hong Kong University. I am interested in developing neuroscience-motivated interventions for speech and language impairments. I co-authored the Sword software used in the treatment of apraxia of speech, and was awarded an ESRC Professorial Fellowship in 2006.  I have published research articles in major international journals such as Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, and Stroke.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:           

Spare time is spent wheeling barrow-loads of manure around her garden.

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

Work in a joint neurology/speech language therapy clinic in Sheffield led to contact with individuals with diagnoses of dementia and awareness of need for earlier diagnosis and enhancement of care pathway.


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