UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Typical and Atypical Interaction

Research in this theme explores the practices employed in everyday social and institutional interactions  particularly in health and education. It utilises the methods of Conversation Analysis to understand how interaction is accomplished in everyday settings and how it can be adapted to address different communication impairments.


Suzanne Beeke

Investigation and remediation of communication disability acquired in adulthood, especially stroke-related aphasia. Investigation of the use of language in everyday conversation, in aphasia and in the normal ageing population. The evaluation of conversation-based therapies for people with aphasia. The application of behaviour change theory to speech and language therapy.

Principal Investigator: Dr Suzanne Beeke

Steven Bloch

My current work involves an examination of acquired progressive speech disorders in everyday conversation. Using the principles of conversation analysis this 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.

Principal Investigator: Prof Steven Bloch

Merle Mahon

My research focuses on the development of spoken language in deaf children from hearing families and in the use of gesture in the progress of language development. I am particularly interested in how these deaf children learn spoken English when English is an additional language at home.  I am also interested in outcomes for deaf  children and teenagers. I use a range of qualitative research methods including conversation analysis, questionnaire and interview techniques together with quantitative assessments of speech and language. Much of my work involves collection and analysis of longitudinal video data sets.

Principal Investigator: Dr Merle Mahon