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Dr Steven Bloch
Chandler House,
2 Wakefield Street
Tel: 020 7679 4269
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Language & Cognition
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

My current work involves an examination of acquired progressive speech disorders in everyday conversation. Using the principles of conversation analysis this research investigates features of naturally occurring interaction produced by people with motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and parkinson's disease in conversation at home with family members. The outcome will include the development of a dysarthria interaction profile tool for health professional use. This research is supported by a Department of Health National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) post-doctoral fellowship award (2009- 2013).

Other research work includes :

  • SLT values and beliefs in palliative care (British Academy Funded: 2012-2015)
  • AAC scoping research for the Department for Education (DfE funded: 2012-2013)
  • A conversation analytical examination of Parkinson's UK advice line calls between a specialist nurse and people with Parkinson's Disease (2012-2013).

  • An evaluation of the Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) communication project. The evaluation is examining the effects of a national staff training programme on both staff and service users within LCD residential homes. The research is funded by Leonard Cheshire Disability (2006-2009).

 In addition I am an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, the official journal of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Teaching Summary

  • Faculty of Brain Sciences Graduate Tutor for research.
  • Module co-ordinator for: BSc Speech Sciences, MSc Speech and Language Sciences and Doctorate in Clinical Communication Science.
  • Teaching includes: Assessment and management of motor speech disorders; augmentative and alternative communication; conversation analysis, and professional development, policy and practice.

Academic Background
2006 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Human Communication Science University of London
1998 MSc Master of Science – Human Communication Science University College London
1991 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Speech and Language Pathology and Therapeutics Birmingham Polytechnic
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