UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Steven Bloch

Dr Steven Bloch

Associate Professor

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2002

Research summary

My  research is founded on the application of Conversation Analytic methods in the following areas: 

  •  Acquired progressive speech disorders in everyday conversation. This ongoing 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 development of a dysarthria therapy programme based on this research is now in progress in collaboration with Professor Christopher McDermott (Sheffield University), SLTs and people living with MND.
  • Health related helpline interactions.  This includes primary data from the Parkinson's UK helpline and features collaborations with Professor Charles Antaki (Loughborough University) and Professor Geraldine Leydon (Southampton University).
  • End of life care interactions.  Featuring work on conversations between medics and family members in hospice care, collaborating with Professor Paddy Stone (UCL). Also, examining collaborations in making Living Wills (with Emeritus Professor Isky Gordon, UCL).

Other research work includes :

  • End  of life prognostic conversations between medics and family members (Marie-Curie programme grant funded 2016-2020)
  • SLT values and beliefs in palliative care (British Academy Funded: 2012-2015)
  • AAC scoping research for the Department for Education (DfE funded: 2012-2013)
  • Dysarthria-in-interaction: Department of Health National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) post-doctoral fellowship award (2009- 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).

Teaching summary

  • Year B co-ordinator for MSc Speech and Language Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator  (SLANG203) for MSc Speech and Language Sciences
  • Teaching includes: Assessment and management of motor speech disorders; augmentative and alternative communication; conversation analysis and professional development
  • Previous roles include Departmental Graduate Tutor and Faculty Graduate Tutor (Brain Sciences)


University of London
PhD, Human Communication Science | 2006
University College London
MSc, Human Communication Science | 1998
Birmingham Polytechnic
BSc Hons, Speech and Language Pathology and Therapeutics | 1991


1991-2002 Speech and Language Therapist (Community adults, AAC, end-of-life care) - West Sussex NHS

2002 - 2006: UCL Clinical Tutor 

2006 - 2014: UCL Lecturer 

2014 - present: UCL Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor