UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Carol Sacchett

Dr Carol Sacchett

Principal Teaching Fellow

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
31st Aug 2010

Research summary

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

Teaching summary

I currently hold the role of Director of Studies in Speech and Language Therapy, with overall responsibililty for the  following programmes:  BSc Speech Sciences; MSc Speech and Language Sciences. I also contribute to the and the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Communication Science.

Previous teaching roles include:Clinical Education Lead for UCL Speech and Language Therapy, with responsibility for practice-based learning; Head of BSc Speech Sciences Year 4; Professional Studies co-ordinator for Year 4 BSc Speech Sciences and Year 2 MSc Speech and Language Sciences.


University College London
PhD, Speech and Langauage Sciences | 2005
Birkbeck College
MSc, Cognitive Neuropsychology | 1989
City University
P.Grad Dip, Speech and Language Therapy | 1983
University of Bath
BA, European Studies | 1980


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.