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Dr Suzanne Beeke

Dr Suzanne Beeke

Associate Professor

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
7th Oct 1996

Research summary

My research is focused on understanding the impact of language and communication disorders on the everyday communication activities of adults with acquired neurological conditions, particularly post-stroke aphasia and dementia, and their effects on life participation. I also lead research to evaluate communication skills interventions for these populations and communication training packages for healthcare professionals. I conduct mixed methods research that combines qualitative analysis of interview and focus group data, and conversation analysis, with quantitative techniques in psycholinguistics and intervention studies. Recent projects include: conversation-analytic investigations of aphasia (ESRC R000222754, R000239306, ESRC/MRC PTA-037-27-0078), the design and evaluation of Better Conversations with Aphasia (Stroke Association TSA2007/05), an intervention programme that was translated with ESRC funding (RES-189-25-0292) into a free online resource for speech and language therapists, patients and families that currently has 3800+ registered users worldwide, and the design and evaluation of communication skills training for healthcare professionals working with people with dementia in hospitals (NIHR HS&DR, 13/114/93).

Teaching summary

I have a 1.0 FTE permanent post at UCL, with responsibilities in research including PhD supervision (6 students), teaching (MSc Speech & Language Sciences – an SLT training course, BSc Psychology & Language Sciences, MRes Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders – research training for practising SLTs) and enabling (e.g. coordination of masters research project module, lead for SLT doctoral recruitment, interviewing, assessment of student SLTs’ clinical practice, personal tutoring, chair of MRes Exam Board etc.).

Education

University College London
PhD, Human Communication Science | 2005
University of Reading
BA Hons, Linguistics and Language Pathology | 1993
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