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

Research Summary

My research areas are speech and swallowing in adults, and swallowing in children.


I work with Prof Cath Sackley (King's College London), Prof Carl Clarke (U of Birmingham) and Prof Marian Brady (Glasgow Caledonian University) in a multi-centre phase III RCT examining Speech and Language Therapy in people with Parkinson's disease coordinated through Birmingham CTU.  This is a five year project funded by the NIHR.

I currently work with four PhD students in a range of areas including rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer, Engineering, Spinal Cord Injury and and the use of blended diets in children who have their nutrition via a tube.  Two of these students have NIHR funding. 

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 academic and clinical colleagues.

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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