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 Communication Disability & Participation

Research Seminar Series

 Autumn 2019

We are delighted to announce three new communication disability seminars. Join us for these free informative seminars on the latest research.


Where: Room 2.18/2.19, Brooks Building, Birley Campus


When: 5.30-7.30pm on 12th September; 5 – 6pm on 10th October, 20th November.


Speakers & Topics

12th September 2019

Dr Lois Cameron (Speech and Language Therapist and Director of Talking Mats ©)

"Inclusive research benefits everyone: the Citizens' Jury Project"

Lois is a Speech and Language Therapist and for 10 years managed the service for adults and children with learning disabilities in Forth Valley NHS. She also held a research post with the University of Stirling. Since September 2011, her energies have focused on her role as a Co-director of Talking Mats ©. Talking Mats is social enterprise whose vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties, and those close to them, by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them. This seminar will focus on the public engagement activities informing a collaborative project between Talking Mats and the Scottish Learning Disability Observatory (SLDO) to set up an adapted citizens’ jury for people with learning disability.

10th October 2019

Katelyn Melvin (Speech-Language Pathologist and Researcher, University of Queensland)

"The complexity of engagement in early speech and language therapy: Empowering families to take an active role in intervention"

Katelyn is passionate about innovative service delivery and engaging families in intervention for long-term change. Katelyn is currently working part-time in paediatric private practice while completing her PhD within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. In particular, her thesis describes what effective engagement in early speech-language pathology intervention looks like and explores how speech-language pathologists can support families to become engaged in intervention in the early years. 

20th November 2019

Dr Rebecca Palmer (Speech and Language Therapist and Reader in Communication and Stroke Rehabilitation, University of Sheffield)

"Findings from the BIG CACTUS study: effectiveness of computerised aphasia therapy post-stroke"

Rebecca has been a Speech and Language Therapist since 1999, specialising in stroke care. She was chief investigator of the NIHR HTA funded randomised controlled trial, Big CACTUS, evaluating the cost effectiveness of self-managed computerised aphasia therapy in the long term post-stroke in 21 speech therapy departments across the UK. Rebecca also worked as the rehabilitation trials coordinator for the Trent Stroke Research Network for 6 years, building capacity in allied health professionals in order to deliver NIHR portfolio studies. Rebecca is Trustee for Research and Development at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

For more information and to join our mailing list for future seminars, please contact:

Dr Mark Jayes





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Brooks Building, Manchester Metropolitan University (Rooms 2.18/2.19)
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX Manchester
United Kingdom


Organised by Manchester Metropolitan University, Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care

The Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University provides a wide portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses across a range of academic disciplines including; Nursing, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work, Psychology and Social Care.

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