Key Research Interests

Non-progressive dysarthria following stroke:  A case-control study investigating speech characteristics and impacts on intelligibility.

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder that can occur following a stroke. It can make a person’s speech hard to understand and is estimated to affect around 30,000 to 45,000 people each year in the UK.  Currently little is known about how speech in non-progressive dysarthria following stroke differs from that in progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.  This quantitative observational study aims to: i) describe ways in which the speech of people with non-progressive dysarthria following stroke differs from the speech of non-dysarthric people; ii) find out how these changes affect other people’s understanding of the speech; and iii) explore the effect of the first two factors on participation in society.  It is part of a PhD Studentship funded by the University of East Anglia.

Primary Supervisor:  Dr Jan McAllister.   Secondary Supervisor: Dr Zoe Butterfint.   Additional members of the supervisory team:  Dr Simon Horton and Professor Phyo Myint.