UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Christina Smith

Dr Christina Smith

Associate Professor

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 1999

Research summary

My research areas are speech and swallowing in adults, and swallowing in children.


I work with Prof Cath Sackley (King's College London), Prof Carl Clarke (U of Birmingham) and Prof Marian Brady (Glasgow Caledonian University) in a multi-centre phase III RCT examining Speech and Language Therapy in people with Parkinson's disease coordinated through Birmingham CTU.  This is a five year project funded by the NIHR.

I currently work with four PhD students in a range of areas including rehabilitation in Head and Neck Cancer, Engineering, Spinal Cord Injury and and the use of blended diets in children who have their nutrition via a tube.  Two of these students have NIHR funding. 

In swallowing, I work in the areas of both typical swallowing and the breakdown in swallowing, including rehabilitation approaches for impaired swallowing.  This research is translational and involves close collaborations with academic and clinical colleagues.


Northwestern University
PhD, Speech and Language Pathology | 1999
Institute of Neurology
MSc, Human Communication | 1991
Queen Margaret University College
BSc, Speech Pathology and Therapeutics | 1985