Career

Professional Qualifications and memberships

Academic

  • 1997    Ph.D.  Public Health   University College London, UK.
  • 1984    M.Ed.  Special Education   University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Professional

  • 1972    Postgraduate Diploma in Audiology    Manchester University, UK
  • 1967    Diploma in Speech Therapy    Manchester Metropolitan Univ.UK.

Other

  • 1976    Certificate in Interior Design      Rhodec College of Art UK.
  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists(RCSLT)UK
  • Member of the British Society of Audiologists (BSA)
  • Member of Communication Therapy International, (CTI) UK.
  • Member of The International Affairs Association (IAA) of The American Speech Language Hearing Association.(ASHA), USA.
  • Member of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)

 

Personal statement

The focus of my career has always been related to improving the quality of life people who cannot communicate well. I have worked in many countries in a wide variety of settings, including health, education, social services and local communities. I have supported the development of Community-based Rehabilitation (CBR) programmes world wide, and see this as intrinsically linked to the conceptualizations of disablement in the International Classifications of functioning and Disability.(ICF). My experiences have afforded me the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills including those required for academic and management activities. They have also given me an appreciation and understanding of the power of multi-disciplinary and participatory approaches. For me this has extended into the research arena, where I am committed to investigating complex interventions using a consultative multi-disciplinary approach which is user centred and draws on the most appropriate methodology for the research question posed. 

My key achievements:

  1. Total research grants of £1,370,988
  2. Facilitated funding of £2,080.000
  3. Leader of research group focusing on Communication and Health (COHERE) at the University of East Anglia
  4. Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the editors of ‘The World Report on Disability and Rehabilitation’ (due out 2009)
  5. Contributed to the education and supervision of: 7 PhD students, 90 MScs in Community disability Studies, UCL. 59 Post-graduates of Community based Rehabilitation (CBR) in Uganda, 20 Diplomats of Speech and Language therapy in Sri-Lanka. and 150 B.Ed Graduates at University of Ibadan Nigeria. This contribution has related to human communication, disability and development, qualitative research methods Speech and language therapy and Audiology.
  6. Initiated the amalgamation of UCL and Healthlink Worldwide Resource Centres into SOURCE see www.asksource.com
  7. Representative for the Royal College of Speech therapists (RCSLT) UK, on the EU commission for Speech and Language Therapists (CPLOL). Led the European research steering group in the formation of a bi-lingual data base.
  8. Founder and Executive Director of Uganda based NGO, CBR Africa network (CAN) www.afri-can.org
  9. Internal/external examiner for University of London, South Bank University, Makerere University and Kyambogo University Uganda. University of Cape Town South Africa.
  10. Editor of 2 books and 7 book chapters
  11. Author of 31 journal publications, 1 book and 18 conference presentations.

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