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Martina is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and the clinical lead for deafness at Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust. As well as having a small specialist caseload, Martina is responsible for developing the care pathway for deaf babies and children aged 0 to 5 years. She also provides regular supervision, second opinions and consultation visits to therapists of all bands (5 to 7) who have deaf children on their caseload in early years, primary, secondary and youth offending settings. She regularly trains the whole team (70+ therapists) in working with deaf children and young adults.
Martina is also the co-chair of the South East Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) for SLTs working in deafness (50 - 60 members). Martina works closely with the co-chair and committee members to provide evidence-based training and research updates. Martina is currently part of a working group to develop an Advanced Clinical Practice framework for SLTs working in deafness.
Following her NIHR funded MRes in Clinical Research (2016-2018), Martina won a HEE Bridging Fund (2018-2019) to develop a high quality application to the NIHR for a Clinical Doctorate Research Fellowship (CDRF). This allocated time proved successful and Martina began her CDRF in May 2020. Martina will develop and test a new observational assessment for parent-deaf child interaction. Her supervisors are Prof Gary Morgan, Prof Ros Herman, Dr Madeline Cruice and Ms. Karin Schamroth. Her international collaborators are Prof Christine Yoshinaga-Itano and Dr Megan Roberts (in the USA) and Dr Evelien Dirks (in the Netherlands).
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- MRes Clinical Research (NIHR funded), City, University London, United Kingdom, Sep 2016 – Jul 2018
- British Sign Language Levels 1 - 3, Signature, Apr 2013 – Sep 2017
- MSc Speech and Language Therapy, City, University London, United Kingdom, Sep 2010 – Jun 2012
- BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Analysis, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, Sep 2004 – Jun 2007
- Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Nov 2020 – present
- NIHR Clinical Doctorate Research Fellow, City, University London, May 2020 – present
- Professor Gary Morgan, Professor of Psychology
May 2020 – Apr 2023
Thesis title: Maintaining and generalizing deaf children’s social communication skills in smiLE Therapy
- Alsford, E., Ralephata, A., Bolderson, S., Curtin, M., Parish, E., Klaber, V. … Pring, T. (2017). The wrong side of the tracks: Starting school in a socially disadvantaged London borough. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 33(2), pp. 145–156. doi:10.1177/0265659016654954.