Professional Lead for Adult Speech and Language Therapy & Part-time PhD Student
Place of work / study:
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust & studying at UCL, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Area of Research:
Intergenerational communication between people with dementia and children.
How is your work funded?
Alzheimer’s Society funded studentship
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am at the start of my PhD journey studying part-time while continuing to work as a Speech and Language Therapist for a large NHS community trust. I live in Surrey with my husband and 8 year old son.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I was born the day that Elvis died!
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
From early in my career I was frustrated by poorly funded SLT services for people with dementia alongside a lack of recognition about what SLTs can offer, particularly for those in the later stages of the condition. I am keen to develop knowledge about positive benefits that SLTs can have on quality of life for people with dementia throughout the course of the illness.