Dr Sarah Northcott
- Dr Sarah Northcott
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Sarah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Division of Language and Communication Science. Her research interests lie in exploring ways to support the emotional and social well-being of people living with stroke and aphasia. She is currently leading the SOlution Focused brief therapy In Aphasia (SOFIA) study, a feasibility randomised controlled trial funded by the Stroke Association (https://blogs.city.ac.uk/sofia/).
Sarah’s first degree was in Music at Cambridge University and she went on to study piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She subsequently retrained to become a Speech and Language Therapist at City, University of London. Sarah worked as a clinician on the Isle of Wight and for Lambeth Primary Care Trust before completing her PhD examining the social impact of stroke and aphasia at City, University of London. This led to an article on social networks that won the 2016 Editor's Award of the Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, language section. Following her PhD she has led projects exploring Solution Focused Brief Therapy with people who have post-stroke aphasia; and also explored how Speech and Language Therapists experience addressing the psychosocial needs of people who have had a stroke. In 2015 she was awarded a School of Health Sciences 12-month Postdoctoral Fellowship Award at City, University of London. She subsequently received the Stroke Association Jack and Averil (Mansfield) Bradley Fellowship Award for Stroke Research in 2016. As well as leading the SOFIA Trial, she is a co-investigator and leading the qualitative evaluation on the SUPERB Trial, investigating peer befriending for people with aphasia, Stroke Association Priority Programme Award.
Sarah is also a Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of East Anglia, a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation, La Trobe University, Australia, and a member of the Acquired Brian Injury Rehabilitation Alliance.
- PhD ‘Social support after a stroke’, City, University London, United Kingdom, 2013
- MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, City, University London, United Kingdom, 2004
- PGDiploma in Speech and Language Therapy, City, University London, United Kingdom, 2002
- PGDiploma in Piano Accompaniment, Royal Academy of Music, United Kingdom, 1999
- BA Hons Music, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1994
Memberships of committees
- International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, 2016 – present
- British Aphasiology Society Therapy Symposium, 2012 – present
Memberships of professional organisations
- Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
- Health and Care Professions Council
Sarah’s research focuses on improving psychosocial well-being for people with stroke and aphasia. There are two broad strands to her research.
Firstly, she is interested in research that explores ways to enable people with aphasia to make meaningful and positive change in their lives. She has a particular interest in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and has recently received the Stroke Association Jack and Averil (Mansfield) Bradley Fellowship Award to enable her to conduct a feasibility study (the SoFIA trial). This study will explore how best to adapt this therapy approach for people with both mild and severe aphasia; the acceptability and perceived benefits; as well as examine the feasibility of carrying out a future large-scale trial into clinical and cost effectiveness.
Secondly, Sarah is interested in exploring the psychosocial impact of stroke, both the ‘lived experience’ of having a stroke using qualitative methodology, and also adapting and developing outcome measures that are accessible to people with aphasia. For example, as part of her PhD, she developed the Stroke Social Network Scale which enables both those with and without aphasia to self-report on their social network, enabling clinicians to identify those at risk of becoming socially isolated.
2016-2019 Northcott S. (PI) Adapting a psychosocial intervention for people with post-stroke aphasia: a feasibility study (SoFIA trial). The Stroke Association Jack and Averil (Mansfield) Bradley Fellowship Award. £174,936
2015-2019 Co-applicant; Hilari, K. (PI) Adjustment post stroke and aphasia: Supporting well-being through Peer Befriending (SUPERB trial). Stroke Association, Priority Programme Award. £490,664
2015 Northcott S. (PI). Exploring service users’ perspectives on a proposed feasibility study investigating Solution Focused Brief Therapy for people with post-stroke aphasia. Research Design Service Enabling Involvement Fund. £350
2015 Northcott S. (PI), Hilari K. (co-PI), and Simpson A. Speech and Language Therapists' delivery of psychosocial therapy and support to people with post-stroke aphasia. Research Sustainability Fund, City University London. £8,060
2013- 2014 Co-recipient; Hilari, K (PI) Can Solution Focused Brief Therapy help with social and emotional well-being after a stroke and aphasia? A feasibility proof-of-concept study. Research Sustainability Fund, City University London. £9,840
Dr Katerina Hilari
Professor Alan Simpson
Dr Shirley Thomas
Professor Jane Marshall
Dr Shashi Hirani
Dr Carole Pound
Dr Chris Flood
- Hilari, K., Behn, N., Marshall, J., Simpson, A., Thomas, S., Flood, C. … McVicker, S. (2019). Adjustment Post-Stroke and Aphasia: Protocol for the SUpporting Well-Being Through PEeR-Befriending (SUPERB Trial).
- Northcott, S., Thomas, S., Simpson, A., Burns, K., Hirani, S.P., Moss, B. … Hilari, K. (2018). How acceptable is solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) to people with severe aphasia?
- Hilari, K. and Northcott, S. (2004). SOCIAL SUPPORT AND HRQL IN PEOPLE WITH APHASIA.
- Northcott, S., Simpson, A., Thomas, S.A., Hirani, S.P., Flood, C. and Hilari, K. (2019). SOlution Focused brief therapy In post-stroke Aphasia (SOFIA Trial): protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial. AMRC Open Research, 1, pp. 11–11. doi:10.12688/amrcopenres.12873.1.
- Hilari, K., Behn, N., Marshall, J., Simpson, A., Thomas, S., Northcott, S. … Goldsmith, K. (2019). Adjustment with aphasia after stroke: Study protocol for a pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial for SUpporting wellbeing through PEeR Befriending (SUPERB). Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5(1). doi:10.1186/s40814-019-0397-6.
- Hilari, K., Behn, N., Marshall, J., Simpson, A., Northcott, S., Thomas, S. … McVicker, S. (2018). Blinding participants and assessors in a feasibility randomised controlled trial of peer-befriending for people with aphasia post-stroke. Aphasiology, 32(sup1), pp. 88–89. doi:10.1080/02687038.2018.1489121.
- Behn, N., Hilari, K., Marshall, J., Simpson, A., Northcott, S., Thomas, S. … McVicker, S. (2018). SUpporting well-being through PEeR-Befriending (SUPERB) trial: an exploration of fidelity in peer-befriending for people with aphasia. Aphasiology, 32(sup1), pp. 21–23. doi:10.1080/02687038.2018.1489120.
- Northcott, S., Hirani, S.P. and Hilari, K. (2018). A Typology to Explain Changing Social Networks Post Stroke. Gerontologist, 58(3), pp. 500–511. doi:10.1093/geront/gnx011.
- Northcott, S., Simpson, A., Moss, B., Ahmed, N. and Hilari, K. (2018). Supporting people with aphasia to ‘settle into a new way to be’: speech and language therapists’ views on providing psychosocial support. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 53(1), pp. 16–29. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12323.
- Northcott, S. and Hilari, K. (2017). “I’ve got somebody there, someone cares”: what support is most valued following a stroke? Disability and Rehabilitation, 40(20), pp. 2439–2448. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1337242.
- Hilari, K. and Northcott, S. (2017). “Struggling to stay connected”: comparing the social relationships of healthy older people and people with stroke and aphasia. Aphasiology, 31(6), pp. 674–687. doi:10.1080/02687038.2016.1218436.
- Northcott, S., Simpson, A., Moss, B., Ahmed, N. and Hilari, K. (2017). How do speech-and-language therapists address the psychosocial well-being of people with aphasia? Results of a UK online survey. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 52(3), pp. 356–373. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12278.
- 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.
- Northcott, S., Marshall, J. and Hilari, K. (2016). What factors predict who will have a strong social network following a stroke? Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research. doi:10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0201.
- Northcott, S., Burns, K., Simpson, A. and Hilari, K. (2015). 'Living with Aphasia the Best Way i Can': A Feasibility Study Exploring Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for People with Aphasia. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 67(3), pp. 156–167. doi:10.1159/000439217.
- Fotiadou, D., Northcott, S., Chatzidaki, A. and Hilari, K. (2014). Aphasia blog talk: How does stroke and aphasia affect a person's social relationships? Aphasiology, 28(11), pp. 1281–1300. doi:10.1080/02687038.2014.928664.
- Winkler, M., Bedford, V., Northcott, S. and Hilari, K. (2014). Aphasia blog talk: How does stroke and aphasia affect the carer and their relationship with the person with aphasia? Aphasiology, 28(11), pp. 1301–1319. doi:10.1080/02687038.2014.928665.
- Northcott, S. and Hilari, K. (2013). Stroke Social Network Scale: Development and psychometric evaluation of a new patient-reported measure. Clinical Rehabilitation, 27(9), pp. 823–833. doi:10.1177/0269215513479388.
- Caute, A., Northcott, S., Clarkson, L., Pring, T. and Hilari, K. (2012). Does mode of administration affect health-related quality-of-life outcomes after stroke? International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14(4), pp. 329–337. doi:10.3109/17549507.2012.663789.
- Northcott, S. and Hilari, K. (2011). Why do people lose their friends after a stroke? International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 46(5), pp. 524–534. doi:10.1111/j.1460-6984.2011.00079.x.
- Hilari, K., Northcott, S., Roy, P., Marshall, J., Wiggins, R.D., Chataway, J. … Ames, D. (2010). Psychological distress after stroke and aphasia: The first six months. Clinical Rehabilitation, 24(2), pp. 181–190. doi:10.1177/0269215509346090.
- Hilari, K., Lamping, D.L., Smith, S.C., Northcott, S., Lamb, A. and Marshall, J. (2009). Psychometric properties of the Stroke and Aphasia Quality of Life Scale (SAQOL-39) in a generic stroke population. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23(6), pp. 544–557. doi:10.1177/0269215508101729.
- Hilari, K. and Northcott, S. (2006). Social support in people with chronic aphasia. Aphasiology, 20(1), pp. 17–36. doi:10.1080/02687030500279982.