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The Roberta Williams Memorial Lecture 2017



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Roberta Williams, Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean in the School of Health Sciences, sadWilliams profilely passed away in May 2015, shortly after her retirement. Roberta, a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, joined the University in 1982, as a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Communication Sciences. Her area of specialist clinical expertise was dysfluency (stammering and stuttering) and she continued to support clinical work and teach in this area up until her retirement. This annual Memorial Lecture is held in memory of Roberta’s incredible contribution to the School and her work with the students over the thirty-two years she was at City, University of London.

Visit the dedicated webpage for the Roberta Williams Memorial Lecture.

The Roberta Williams Memorial Lecture is a public event and is open to all. However, we do ask attendees to register online.

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Speaker biography

Dr. Jan McAllister, University of East Anglia

Dr. Jan McAllister worked at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Auckland before taking up her present post at the University of East Anglia where she was originally appointed as co-Director of the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy. Most of her research since joining UEA has focused on disorders of fluency. Recent studies on which she was Chief Investigator include an NIHR-funded project aimed at developing a treatment for social anxiety disorder in adults who stammer, and the ESRC-funded seminar series Born Talking: Using birth cohort data about speech, language and communication to inform policy and practice. She has been a Trustee of the British Stammering Association.


'Stammering and social anxiety'

Many recent research studies have suggested that social anxiety disorder is highly prevalent among adults who stammer, at least among those who seek treatment for stammering. Social anxiety disorder is a persistent and excessive fear of being humiliated, scrutinised or negatively evaluated in social situations. A common coping strategy in response to these fears is avoidance of situations that give rise to the anxiety, which could compromise many aspects of life including relationships, education and employment.

In this presentation Dr. Jan McAllister will explore several research questions concerning social anxiety disorder and stammering, including its emergence among children and young people who stammer, possible precursors of the disorder, its impact on functioning, and intervention.


5:30pm - Registration
6:00pm - Welcome and Introduction by Professor Debra Salmon, Dean, School of Health Sciences
6:05pm - Keynote Address by Dr. Jan McAllister, University of East Anglia
7:00pm - Drinks Reception
8:00pm - Close

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5.30pm - 8.00pmThursday 6th July 2017

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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