UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Ms Kate Shobbrook

Ms Kate Shobbrook


  • Senior Teaching Fellow
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
    Faculty of Brain Sciences

Joined UCL


I am involved in ongoing research as part of a large study that ran from 2011 - 2015 investigating word finding and word learning in children with word finding difficulties and typical development (the WORD project, with Professor Wendy Best). 

Other areas of interest are the use of therapeutic interventions for children with receptive language impairment and practice-based learning in clinical education. 

Award year Qualification Institution
2013 FHEA
ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
University College London
2002 MSc
Master of Science
Speech and Langauage Sciences
University College London
1999 BSc
Bachelor of Science
Psychology and Philosophy
University of Warwick

I qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2002 and have always worked with children with speech, language and communication needs.  I worked for the NHS in London for ten years in a variety of settings including special schools, mainstream schools, language resource bases and community clinics.  I combined my job as a therapist with my teaching role at UCL between 2010 and 2012, and currently work exclusively at UCL.  My particular interest is in working with children with Developmental Language Disorder.  I was promoted to Senior Teaching Fellow in October 2016. 

My current role is coordinator for a module on the MSc Speech and Language Sciences programme, Management of Communication Difficulties 1: Language and Cognition.  I am also the Head of Yea A, the first year of study on the programme.  I teach a large part of the Management of Developmental Communication Difficulties 1: Language and Cognition module and have a role in teaching and assessment in Professional Studies 1, also within the MSc Speech and Language Sciences programme. 

I achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2013 and continue to work with UCL's Centre for Advancing Teaching and Learning (CALT) to support other applicants in gaining recognition for their teaching.