Biography

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of East Anglia, and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at City, University of London. 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.

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 a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Recovery and Rehabilitation, La Trobe University, Australia. She is also a member of the Acquired Brian Injury Rehabilitation Alliance. 

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