UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Steven Bloch

Prof Steven Bloch

Professor of Communication and Social Interaction

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2003

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  in conversation at home with family members.  We currently have a Parkinson's UK award (2021-2023) to test the feasibility of  'Better Conversations with Parkinson's' a new online therapy intervention.
  • 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). 
  • Interactions between people living with Motor Neurone Disease and health care professionals at the Kings MND care centre in London, with Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi (Kings College London)

 Previous 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

  • Vice-Dean Education, Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • Programme Director: 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 College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ07 - Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary edu, further edu, life long lear | 2007
University of London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2006
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1998
Birmingham Polytechnic
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1991


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

2002 - 2006: Clinical Tutor UCL

2006 - 2014: Lecturer  UCL

2014 - 2022: Associate Professor UCL

2022 - present: Professor of Communication and Social Interaction UCL