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Dr Christina Smith
Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street,
Tel: 020 7679 4233
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Language & Cognition
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Research Summary

My research areas are swallowing, speech and language function.  

In swallowing, I work in the areas of both typical swallowing and the breakdown in swallowing, including rehabilitation approaches for impaired swallowing.  This research is translational and involves close collaborations with Dr Ben Hanson in Mechanical Engineering at UCL and colleagues working in clinical practice.  Two PhD students currently work with Dr Hanson and myself in this area with funding from UK research councils and Fresenius-Kabi Ltd.  Our current research focus is in perception of commercial fluid thickeners and experiences in using thickeners. 

In speech, my work focuses on changes people with Parkinson's disease experience.  I am currently working on a project with, amongst others Profs Cath Sackley (UEA) and Clarke (U of Birmingham) in a phase II RCT examining Speech and Language Therapy in people with Parkinson's disease coordinated through Birmingham CTU.  This project is funded through the Dunhill Medical Trust.

In language function, I am collaborating with Prof Magid Bahkeit and Speech and Language Therapy colleagues to examine the effect of speech and language therapy combined with Pramipexole in people with chronic aphasia through functional language outcomes.  This research is funded by the Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust. 

Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Speech and Language Pathology Northwestern University
1991 MSc Master of Science – Human Communication Institute of Neurology
1985 BSc Bachelor of Science – Speech Pathology and Therapeutics Queen Margaret University College
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