- Kirsty Harrison
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Kirsty is a speech and language therapist who joined City University London in 2008 to teach motor speech disorders and neurology for speech and language therapists.
Kirsty initially studied linguistics at the University of York in 1996-1999. This sparked her interest in all things related to communication and she decided to train as a speech and language therapist. She undertook the MMedSci course in Clinical Communication Studies at the University of Sheffield 2000-2002. She took her first job as a speech and language therapist in Waltham Forest PCT where she worked with children in special schools and adults in a hospital setting.
She moved to City and Hackney PCT in 2004 to work at the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit and the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team, where she developed a keen interest in working with adults in a community setting. Kirsty then moved back to Waltham Forest to lead the Community Adult Neurology Speech and Language Therapy Team before joining City University London in 2008. Kirsty completed the PGDip in Academic Practice in 2014 and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA.
MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies (with distinction), University of Sheffield.
PGDip Academic Practice in Higher Education (with distinction), City University London.
BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics (2:1), University of York.
2008-present: Lecturer, Division of Language and Communication Science, City University London.
2005-2008: Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Waltham Forest PCT (Adult Community Neurology Team Lead).
2004-2005: Developing Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Homerton Foundation Trust Hospital, City and Hackney PCT (Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Adult Community Neurology).
2002-2004: Speech and Language Therapist, Waltham Forest PCT. (Special Schools, Adult Acute Hospital).
Administrative roles/Clinical activity
- Reviewer for International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.
- LSVT/Motor Speech Clinic at the Compass Centre.
Memberships of professional bodies
Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (since 2002)
Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (since 2002)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2015)
Kirsty is interested in communication and swallowing disorders in people with progressive neurological conditions. She has a special interest in Parkinson's disease and is currently working on a research project to help widen access to speech and language therapy for people with Parkinson's disease, using a delegated delivery model.
Kirsty is also conducting pedagogical research and is currently leading a team of academics and student counsellors to evaluate reflective development groups in facilitating the development of professional and personal identity.
Centre for Language Communication Sciences Research.
Adult Assessment and Intervention of Language and Speech Disorders.
Social Disadvantage and Quality of Life in Speech and Language.
Thesis title: Mealtime interactions across the lifespan in typically developing children and adults without neurological disease.
Thesis title: Evaluation of student-supported LSVT for people with Parkinson's.
Thesis title: Dysphagia practice in Ghanaian hospitals
- Marshall, J., Hilari, K., Cruice, M. and Harrison, K. Acute Stroke Nursing (second edition). In Williams, J., Perry, L. and Watkins, C. (Eds.), Acute Stroke Nursing Wiley-Blackwell.
- Murphy, R., Harrison, K. and Harding, C. (2017). What is the decision making process for SLTs/SLPs in deciding to feed infants on high flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy (HFNC). 4th Annual Study Day for neonatal PT, OT and SLT: Working together in neonataology 28 September.
- Murphy, R., Harrison, K. and Harding, C. (2017). What is the decision making process for SLTs/SLPs in deciding to feed infants on high flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy (HFNC). RCSLT Conference 2017 27-28 September, Edinburgh.
- Murphy, R., Harrison, K. and Harding, C. (2018). Feeding infants on high flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy (HFNC): An exploration of speech-language pathologists’ decision-making processes. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 20(3), pp. 121–129.
- Northcott, S., Moss, B., Harrison, K. and Hilari, K. (2016). A systematic review of the impact of stroke on social support and social networks: associated factors and patterns of change. Clinical Rehabilitation, 30(8), pp. 811–831. doi:10.1177/0269215515602136.
- Harding, C., Wade, C. and Harrison, K. (2013). Communication between children and carers during mealtimes. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 13(4), pp. 242–250. doi:10.1111/j.1471-3802.2012.01261.x.
- Harrison, K., Harding, C., Bukhari, S. and Hickin, J. (2012). The People in Control Conference at City University, London: ‘‘We have opinions to share about our lives’. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 17(4), pp. 169–176. doi:10.1108/13595471211272514.
- Hilari, K., Needle, J.J. and Harrison, K.L. (2012). What are the important factors in health-related quality of life for people with aphasia? A systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(1 SUPPL.). doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2011.05.028.
- Smith, C., Harrison, K., Harding C, , Cocks, N. and Vyas, C. (2011). A problem solving framework fro clinicians supervising junior staff working in paediatric dysphagia. Speech and Language Therapy in Practice.
SL3004: BSc3 Professional Studies Module (Module lead, clinical tutor and lecturer).
SL1006: BSc1 Professional Studies Module (Clinical Tutor).
SL2005: Communication and Swallowing Disability (Motor Speech Disorders and Dysphagia teaching).
SL2002: Biomedical Science (Neurology of speech and swallowing and neurological conditions teaching).
SLM004: Communication and Swallowing Disability (Motor Speech Disorders and Dysphagia teaching).
SLM002: Biomedical Science (Neurology of speech and swallowing and neurological conditions teaching).
HCM007: Disorders of eating and drinking (Joint module lead).
- Annual Speech and Language Therapists' Practice Educators' Workshop. University College London (2016).
Description: Delivered a talk entitled 'Supporting student development of professional identity: using reflective development groups'.
- Annual Speech and Language Therapists' Practice Educators' Workshop. University College London (2015).
Description: Delivered a talk entitled: Making placements work for everyone: student-supported LSVT placement.
- Dementia, dysphagia and the end of life: have we got it right? [Key note speaker at 4th Meeting of UK Swallow Research Group Biennial Conference]
http://www.uksrg.org.uk/conference2012/UKSRGconferencebook(2).pdf. Institute of Child Health, London. (2012). Invited key note speaker at this international biennial conference.
- Kirsty is the co-lead for City Health within the Division of Language and Communication Science. She has written and co-delivered innovative training sessions for nurses and healthcare assistants driving standards in the care of people with swallowing impairments.