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Dr Suzanne Beeke
Language & Cognition Research Department
Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street
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  • Associate Professor
  • Language & Cognition
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

My research is focused on understanding the impact of language and communication disorders on the everyday communication activities of adults with acquired neurological conditions, particularly post-stroke aphasia and dementia, and their effects on life participation. I also lead research to evaluate communication skills interventions for these populations and communication training packages for healthcare professionals. I conduct mixed methods research that combines qualitative analysis of interview and focus group data, and conversation analysis, with quantitative techniques in psycholinguistics and intervention studies. Recent projects include: conversation-analytic investigations of aphasia (ESRC R000222754, R000239306, ESRC/MRC PTA-037-27-0078), the design and evaluation of Better Conversations with Aphasia (Stroke Association TSA2007/05), an intervention programme that was translated with ESRC funding (RES-189-25-0292) into a free online resource for speech and language therapists, patients and families that currently has 5600+ registered users worldwide (free at https://extendstore.ucl.ac.uk/product?catalog=UCLXBCA ), and the design and evaluation of communication skills training for healthcare professionals working with people with dementia in hospitals, the VOICE study (NIHR HS&DR, 13/114/93).

Teaching Summary

I have a 1.0 FTE permanent post at UCL, with responsibilities in research including PhD supervision and supervision of SLTs funded by the NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF) scheme, teaching and masters project supervision (MSc Speech & Language Sciences (SLS) – an SLT training course) and enabling (e.g. Head of Year B of the MSc SLS, coordination of MSc SLS project module, assessment of student SLTs’ clinical practice, personal tutoring). I am the department's research champion for SLTs who want to become research active via masters or PhD-level training, and lead yearly support sessions in this area.

Academic Background
2005   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1993   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Reading
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