Career History

Professional Qualifications and professional memberships

  • BSc Hons Speech & Language Pathology (Manchester University)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate: Speech & Language Therapy Cleft Palate and Velopharyngeal Anomalies
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Membership of Health Care Professions Council
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Previously, representative for UEA at the RCSLT Committee of Representatives of Education in SLT

Career summary

I spent a number of years in clinical practice working in a variety of settings with children across the spectrum of speech, language and communication disorders. In 1997 I specialized in working with clients who had clefts of the palate, and from 2001 – 2007 was Deputy Regional Lead SLT in the CleftNetEast team based in Addenbrookes Hospital. I have been a lecturer at UEA since 2007 and was Course Director of the BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy programme 2009-2016. I am currently Associate Director Teaching & Learning for Pre-registration Programmes.

All Publications

Harrison, D., Geere, J., Vitkovitch, J.


The HPC audit: a personal perspective,

in Tools for Continuing Professional Development.

Quay Books

pp. 215-226

ISBN 9781856424240

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests


I have successfully completed my MAHEP at UEA. My dissertation was a research project looking at speech and language therapy graduates’ perspectives of their learning on the BSc course. As a result of this work I co-presented a poster titled ‘Problem-based Learning and the Making of Speech & Language Therapists’ at the RCSLT National Conference in September 2012. I am interested in the use, application and effectiveness of problem-based learning both at university and in clinical practice.  I am also involved in developing the HSC Values Charter. I am a member of the Promoting Community and Family Health health challenge unit.

Enterprise and Engagement

During 2011 I was involved in a number of local projects promoting the Year of Communication. In September 2011 I organised a symposium for early years practitioners and professionals titled ‘Making 0-3 Count’. This brought together over 200 delegates from Norfolk and Suffolk whose work involves them with caring for and educating young children.

I am interested in promoting all aspects of very young children’s health and well-being and in particular in developing their communication skills. In September 2013, as part of the UEA 50th celebrations I collaborated with the education department of the Sainsbury’s Centre for Visual Arts to put on an event for children and their families to explore using creative art projects as a vehicle to develop a communication dialogue between children and their carers. 

In 2012 I joined a team of my fellow lecturers to progress Professionalism in the School and co-wrote articles for professional publications outlining our work. In 2012 I presented the work on the Professionalism Charter to a group of speech & language therapists in Reading.

I am currently working with an SLT colleague in a local primary school to explore best practice for teaching vocabulary to children with impoverished lexicons.

Teaching Interests

My areas of expertise and knowledge are: developmental speech and language difficulties, and cleft lip and palate. In addition I contribute to the phonetics teaching. My teaching duties are spread across all three years of the programme. I am a tutor for trigger and discussion groups associated with problem-based learning in Year 1.

I am particularly interested in the transition of students into university.   

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Previously, Member of Committee of Representatives of Education in SLT
  • Previously, Member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists' Policy & Public Affairs Board

Administrative Posts

  • Associate Director Teaching & Learning Pre-registration Programmes
  • Previously SLT Course Director
  • Module Coordinator for Developmental Speech and Language Difficulties (SLT Programme) and Communication and Personal Development (BSc Paramedic programme) 
  • Member of the Faculty LTQC and School Teaching & Learning Committee