Language and Communication

The Research Department of Language and Communication is internationally recognised for the excellence of its research into language and communication disability.

Members combine basic research into disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, dementia and dysphagia with the translation of advances into the clinical domain of speech and language therapy.

We also research the processes of communication in a typically ageing population. Our methodologies and theoretical approaches include the cognitive neuropsychology of language, qualitative methods including conversation analysis (we host the Centre for Applied Interaction Research), neuroimaging and experimental methods.

  • We have particular expertise in the design and evaluation of behavioural treatment programmes for communication therapies.
  • We have a strong commitment to collaborative research with speech and language therapy practitioners, and maintain these and other academic links via the Centre for Speech and Language Intervention Research.
  • An important focus for translational research is the Communication Clinic, based in Chandler House, which provides clinical services for people with brain injury as a result of a stroke and head injury. 
  • Our department provides a vibrant and stimulating environment for research students. Are you interested in working with us at MPhil/PhD level? Please look at our research section.
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Main Contacts
Name Position Email
Rosemary Varley Head of Research Department
rosemary.varley@ucl.ac.uk
Richard Jardine Executive Officer
r.jardine@ucl.ac.uk
Jane Maxim Graduate Tutor
j.maxim@ucl.ac.uk
Rachel Rees
MSc Speech & Language Sciences Tutor rachel.rees@ucl.ac.uk
Carol Sacchett
Director of Studies in SLT c.sacchett@ucl.ac.uk