Karen is a reader in Speech & Language Therapy with a particular focus on children and adults with intellectual disability.


  • The early part of my career was spent in clinical practice, working with people with intellectual disability in special schools and community teams. In 1992 I moved into higher education as a lecturer in the Department of Language & Communication Sciences at City University London. For much of this time I worked as a course director for the degree programme in speech & language therapy, responsible for a major revision and re-modularisation.
  • I was promoted to a senior lectureship in 2000.
  • Since 2003, I have worked at UEA as Course Director for a period of 6 years, jointly leading the set of a new degree course in Speech & Language Therapy.
  • In 2009 I was awarded a readership in Speech & Language Therapy.

Professional Qualifications and professional memberships 

  • Membership of Health Professions Council
  • PhD ‘Development of an Individualised Sensory Environment for Adults with Learning Disabilities and an Evaluation of its Effects on their Interactive Behaviours’. City University London.
  • Registered member of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • Dip. Speech Therapy, National Hospitals College of Speech Sciences (NHCSS affiliated to UCL). Licence to practise (L.C.S.T) Pt 1 & 2

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