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Dr. Simon Horton 

Simon Horton is an Honorary Fellow at the School of Health Sciences, UEA. He qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1981, working for over twenty years in the NHS, and specialising in post-stroke and head-injury rehabilitation. Before joining the new SLT programme at UEA as a lecturer in 2004 he studied for his masters and PhD at City, University of London. He has had a long-standing interest in the involvement of people with aphasia and family members in service delivery and research, with early papers published in 1998 and 1999. Since joining UEA he has been involved in practice and research related to Conversation Partners, working closely with Connect - the communication disability network, and becoming particularly interested in research collaborations with people with aphasia. Most recently he has been working with people with aphasia and families, fellow academics and clinicians as a member of the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists Working Group 5 (Societal Impact and Reintegration), to explore the potential of an asset-based approach to life after stroke, and what this might mean for rehabilitation in the future. 


Prof. Jane Marshall OBE

Jane Marshall is based at City, University of London. After qualifying as a speech and language therapist in 1987 she worked in the aphasia unit of an acute hospital. Her PhD, awarded in 1994, explored sentence processing impairments in aphasia. Her subsequent research has investigated numerous aspects of aphasia, including jargon aphasia, aphasia in bilingual language users, and aphasia in Deaf users of British Sign Language. All her research places a strong emphasis on the clinical needs of people with aphasia and their remediation and much of her current research is investigating technological applications in aphasia therapy. In 2007 Jane won the Robin Tavistock Award for her work in Aphasia, and in 2009 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. In 2018 she was awarded an OBE for her aphasia research and work in Higher Education.


Dr. Madeline Cruice 

Madeline Cruice is based at City, University of London. She studied her Bachelor of Speech Pathology (First Class Honours) and Doctorate in Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has 20 years research, teaching and clinical experience in post-stroke aphasia rehabilitation and long-term recovery. She has published and presented extensively on: communication and quality of life/wellbeing outcomes; applying quality of life assessments in clinical practice; goal setting; and technology-enhanced intervention. Madeline is the Principal Investigator on LUNA (joint with Dr. Lucy Dipper), and Co-Investigator on CommuniCATE (, EVA Park Group Support (, and INCA ( She is the lead for Working Group 5 Societal Impact and Reintegration Research, within the international network Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (, and a member of the Aphasia Advisory Committee, for The Stroke Association, UK. She is also a Chairing Team Member of the NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.


Prof. Nina Simmons-Mackie 

Nina Simmons-Mackie Ph.D., BC-ANCDS is Emeritus Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. She received the 2018 Robin Tavistock Award and has received the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences and the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She was inducted into the VA Speech-Language Pathology Hall of Fame and received an Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Foundation. She was the founding President of Aphasia Access. Prof. Simmons-Mackie’s passion is adult aphasia; she has many years of clinical, academic and research experience and has published numerous articles and chapters in the area. Interests also include qualitative research and social model philosophies.


Prof. Linda Worrall

Professor Linda Worrall is a Professor Emerita of Speech Pathology at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and current Chairperson of the Australian Aphasia Association. She completed her undergraduate degree in speech pathology at The University of Queensland but then completed her PhD in the Stroke Research Unit in Nottingham, UK.  She has practiced as a speech pathologist both in Australia and the UK and founded the Australian Aphasia Association in 2000. She was also a founder of Aphasia United, an international peak organization for aphasia. She has published over 300 peer reviewed journal articles, including 26 book chapters, and 6 books; graduated 27 PhD candidates and has had continuous nationally competitive research funding during her academic career. From 2009-2014, she led the NHMRC funded Australia-wide Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation. Prof. Worrall has been invited by the organising committee to present ‘The seven habits of highly effective aphasia therapists’ and she is looking forward to sharing this talk with a UK audience.