UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Steven Bloch

Dr Steven Bloch



Chandler House,
2 Wakefield Street


  • Senior Lecturer
    Language & Cognition
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL


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.

Award year Qualification Institution
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



Conversation analysis|*|Dysarthria|*|Ethnography|*|Health care evaluation|*|Motor Neurone Disease|*|Multiple sclerosis|*|Neurodegeneration|*|Neurodegenerative diseases|*|Parkinson's disease|*|Qualitative|*|Speech|*|augmentative and alternative communication|*|conversation analysis|*|motor speech disorders