This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between researchers from the Division of Language and Communication Science and the Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design. (Apologies for the grim photos – some of us are camera-shy!)
Jane qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1987. She worked in the aphasia unit of an acute hospital for three years before undertaking a PhD exploring sentence processing impairments in aphasia. Her postdoctoral research has investigated numerous aspects of aphasia including: further work on sentence processing, jargon aphasia, proper name impairments, the use of writing and drawing in therapy, aphasia in users of British Sign Language and aphasia in bilingual language users.
Stephanie is a Reader in the Centre for HCI Design. With a background in Computer Science, her research focuses on interactive technologies for healthcare, creative and inclusive design, participatory design and technology enhanced learning. She recently led the GReAT project which exploited gesture recognition technologies to create an innovative gesture therapy tool for people with aphasia. Stephanie teaches interaction design and usability evaluation to postgraduate students.
Celia is the Director of the City Aphasia Research Clinic in the Department of Language & Communication Science at City University London. Her career has spanned a broad range of approaches to aphasia therapy, from pioneering interventions based on a social model of disability to doctoral and post-doctoral research into speech perception deficits in aphasia. Celia trained as a Speech & Language Therapist after a first degree in Linguistics & Cognitive Science and initially worked in the NHS, specialising in work with adults who have communication difficulties due to stroke or other neurological illnesses. She is co-author of Beyond Aphasia (Pound, Parr, Lindsay & Woolf, 2000) a book which has influenced practice across the UK and internationally.
Julia is a researcher in the Centre for HCI Design. Her research interests include safety-critical user interface design and new technologies within healthcare. Her PhD research investigated computer models of co-operative dialogue. Communication has remained a major interest, particularly involving graphics and symbols. For her masters research, she designed a system of communication using Blissymbolics for a student with cerebral palsy.
Niamh qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2005 and began her career in the NHS working in a variety of adult and paediatric settings. Before joining City University London she specialised in stroke rehabilitation. She has a first class BSc (hons) in Speech and Language Therapy from City University and postgraduate training at master’s level in acquired language impairments. She is interested in researching aphasia therapy. She is inspired to strengthen the links between research and practice; bringing her clinical skills to research projects and in turn producing research that enables evidence-based practice.
Tracey is a researcher, PhD student and Interaction Lab consultant in the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design. She has a MSc in Human-Centred Systems from City University London. As the developer of EVA Park, she translated input gathered from our aphasia consultants during participatory design workshops into an engaging virtual environment designed to meet the access needs of people who have aphasia. Prior to joining the EVA team she spent a decade working on technology-based projects within the voluntary sector.
Richard is a qualified speech and language therapist, with experience in a variety of adult neurology settings. He currently works part time in community rehabilitation in Brighton & Hove, alongside his research post on the EVA project at City. He has an undergraduate degree in Artificial Intelligence from Sussex, and an MSc in Speech and Language Sciences from UCL. He is interested in the application of technology to aphasia rehabilitation, and bolstering links between research and clinical practice.
Nick is an IT specialist from the Netherlands, specialiseing in programming and managing educational projects in virtual worlds like OpenSimulator. Prior to joining the EVA Park team he has worked as researcher for the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain investigating the use of OpenSimulator for language education and has been consortium partner at the European funded TILA project, researching the use of virtual worlds for on-line telecollaboration and language education within European countries.
Helen Greenwood – Researcher
Helen is a qualified speech and language therapist who has experience working in specialist stroke and neurological rehabilitation units. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Nottingham and a post-graduate diploma in speech and language therapy from City University. She is interested in how new technology might be used to support better communication and quality of life for people with aphasia. Helen is passionate about aphasia research and alongside working on the EVA project is completing an MSc project on language comprehension in aphasia.