UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Dr Holly Robson

Principal Research Fellow-MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2021

Research summary

I research aphasia - language disorders acquired after a brain injury such as a stroke. I use neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques (EEG, functional and structural MRI) to explore the cognitive and neural causes of language impairments. 

Much of my research investigates language comprehension impairments. Here I explore disruption to acoustic, phonological, semantic and executive processing and how this contributes to behavioral impairment and recovery from aphasia.  I am interested in using neuroimaging techniques to  investigated how the brain processes speech and language in the context of radically altered speech perception and language networks and how we can optimise this functioning through rehabilitation techniques. 

A second arm of my research explores the use of rehabilitation and assistive technology for people with aphasia. I am interested in how co-design between people with aphasia, clinicians and engineers can enhance the uptake and impact of technology, support rehabilitation of impairment and support participation.  

Teaching summary

I am currently engaged in full time research. In the past I have taught a range of subjects for speech and language therapy, psychology and linguistics students ranging from paediatric speech sound disorders to acquired cognitive communication disorders. I enjoy supporting student's clinical development as a clinical educator. 


I trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at the University of Manchester between 2004 and 2008. I still think that speech therapy is the best profession in the world and count myself lucky that I found it. I stayed in Manchester to do a PhD between 2008 and 2011, which was funded by a Stroke Association Allied Health Professions Bursary. I was grateful to receive continued support from the Stroke Association for my postdoctoral research which I completed at the University of Reading before becoming a full time lecturer and then associate professor. 

I am currently funded by the MRC on a Clinician Scientist Fellowship.  This exciting project explores the oscillatory dynamics underpinning continuous speech perception in Wernicke's aphasia and whether oscillations can be supported and manipulated to optimise speech perception and language comprehension in this group.