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M101, Myddelton Street Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Niamh is a speech and language therapist and researcher specialising in aphasia. Niamh worked for seven years in the NHS as a speech and language therapist culminating in a senior specialist position on the inpatient stroke rehabilitation ward at Whipps Cross Hospital.

Niamh joined City, University of London in October 2012 as a researcher in the EVA team under Professor Jane Marshall. Niamh has been managing research projects from the development of the EVA Park technology (2012) to the first functional communication intervention trial in EVA Park (2013-2015) to the EVA Park single case studies (2016) and the virtual aphasia groups project which spanned four geographical areas (2017-1019).

Niamh secured a doctoral studentship from the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London in December 2018 to investigate aphasia therapy in EVA Park from October 2019 - 2022.


  1. BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy, City, University of London, United Kingdom, Sep 2001 – Jul 2005

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  2. Health and Care Professions Council


Research Areas



Journal articles (8)

  1. Marshall, J., Devane, N., Talbot, R., Caute, A., Cruice, M., Hilari, K. … Wilson, S. (2020). A randomised trial of social support group intervention for people with aphasia: A Novel application of virtual reality. PLoS ONE, 15(9 September). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0239715.
  2. Carragher, M., Steel, G., Talbot, R., Devane, N., Rose, M.L. and Marshall, J. (2020). Adapting therapy for a new world: storytelling therapy in EVA Park. Aphasiology. doi:10.1080/02687038.2020.1812249.
  3. Marshall, J., Devane, N., Edmonds, L., Talbot, R., Wilson, S., Woolf, C. … Zwart, N. (2018). Delivering word retrieval therapies for people with aphasia in a virtual communication environment. Aphasiology, 32(9), pp. 1054–1074. doi:10.1080/02687038.2018.1488237.
  4. Carragher, M., Talbot, R., Devane, N., Rose, M. and Marshall, J. (2018). Delivering storytelling intervention in the virtual world of EVA Park. Aphasiology, 32(sup1), pp. 37–39. doi:10.1080/02687038.2018.1484880.
  5. Amaya, A., Woolf, C., Devane, N., Galliers, J., Talbot, R., Wilson, S. … Marshall, J. (2018). Receiving aphasia intervention in a virtual environment: the participants’ perspective. Aphasiology, 32(5), pp. 538–558. doi:10.1080/02687038.2018.1431831.
  6. Galliers, J., Wilson, S., Marshall, J., Talbot, R., Devane, N., Booth, T. … Greenwood, H. (2017). Experiencing EVA Park, a multi-user virtual world for people with aphasia. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, 10(4). doi:10.1145/3134227.
  7. Marshall, J., Booth, T., Devane, N., Galliers, J., Greenwood, H., Hilari, K. … Woolf, C. (2016). Evaluating the benefits of aphasia intervention delivered in virtual reality: Results of a quasi-randomised study. PLoS ONE, 11(8). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0160381.
  8. Wilson, S., Roper, A., Marshall, J., Galliers, J., Devane, N., Booth, T. … Woolf, C. (2015). Codesign for people with aphasia through tangible design languages. CoDesign, 11(1), pp. 21–34. doi:10.1080/15710882.2014.997744.