UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Carol Sacchett

Dr Carol Sacchett



Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street


  • Principal Teaching Fellow
    Language & Cognition
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


Most of my research has been investigating the use of non-verbal communication strategies, in particular drawing, by people with limited speech or writing as a result of post-stroke aphasia. Current projects in this area are looking at barriers and facilitators to multimodality communication, focusing on the impact of communication partner familiarity and training on the effectiveness of message transfer.

My other main areas of research are:

  • The evaluation of third-sector support for people with acquired communication difficulties, focusing in particular on the service user perspective. 
  • Speech and language therapy workforce planning and workforce transformation
  • Practice-based learning in healthcare education. I am a committee member of the National Association of Educators in Practice

Award year Qualification Institution
2005 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Speech and Langauage Sciences
University College London
1989 MSc
Master of Science
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Birkbeck College
1983 P.Grad Dip
Postgraduate Diploma
Speech and Language Therapy
City University
1980 BA
Bachelor of Arts
European Studies
University of Bath

I qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1983. Before joining UCL, I held clinical posts in the NHS for 17 years, specialising in acquired adult neurology. I worked in both acute and community settings, and managed the Adult Neurology service at Oxleas NHS Trust.

I joined UCL in 2000 when I was awarded the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Research Fellowship to complete my PhD investigating the use of drawing in aphasia. I worked initially as a part time tutor then as a full time lecturer. I was promoted to Principal Teaching Fellow in 2012.  My current role is Director of Studies in Speech and Language Therapy, with overall responsibility for speech and language therapy education.  I contribute to three modules on the MSc Speech and Language Sciences course, an intensive two-year course leading to qualification as a speech and language therapist.  I also teach on the MSc Language Sciences programme and supervise clinical PhD students.

I was a member of the Professional Development and Standards Board of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and am currently on the RCSLT Curriculum Guidelines steering group. I am a committee member of the National Association of Educators in Practice.


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