Academic Background

Background:

Tammy Davidson Thompson is a practising speech and language therapist who qualified in South Africa. Prior to completing a Bachelor of Arts (Speech and Hearing Therapy) in 1997, she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in physiology (1993). She has specialised in adult dysfluency and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury.  She currently works in the NHS as the clinical lead for speech and language therapy in a specialist neurorehabilitation unit and also works in a specialist adult dysfluency clinic. 

 

Tammy completed her PhD in speech and language therapy in 2011 examining how SLTs in the UK treat the psychosocial aspects of living with a stutter. She has worked as an associate tutor at the UEA since 2005 and is currently working part time as a lecturer in speech and language therapy at the UEA. Her clinical work enables her to bring current evidence based best practise to her teaching.

 

Research:

After completing her PhD, Tammy was a Co-applicant NIHR Research for patient benefit MOSAICS Clinical Trial. DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN55065978. She later became the Principal Investigator for the Norfolk Site of the Big CACTUS Research Trial (RCT assessing the clinical and cost effectiveness of aphasia computer treatment versus usual stimulation or attention control long term post stroke (CACTUS) DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN68798818.

She has been on the scientific committee for the Oxford Dysfluency Conference and the British Aphasiology Symposium, a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders and the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, a NHIR Dissemination Centre Abstract Rater and a RCSLT research champion and expert advisor in acquired dysfluency and she has presented at multiple international conferences..

 

Interests

Her communication interests are wide ranging, and in addition to fluency and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and aphasia include neurodevelopmental issues, such as autism and executive functioning difficulties. She is fascinated by the neurological cause and impact of development and injury on pragmatics, cognitive communication and prosopagnosia and the psychosocial impact of neurological and communication challenges. She is also interested in and has experience of alternative and augmentative communication and environmental controls.

 

Selecet Peer reviewed Presentations and Publications

Davidson Thompson, T. C. (2017) Stuttering in clients with high functioning autism, identification, management and treatment of those with dual diagnoses. Paper presented at the Oxford Dysfluency Conference

 

McAllister J, Gascoine S, Carroll A, Humby K, Kingston M, Shepstone L, Risebro H, MacKintosh B, Davidson Thompson T, Hodgekins J. Cognitive bias modification for social anxiety in adults who stutter: a feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial BMJ Open 2017;7:e015601. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015601

 

Davidson Thompson, T. C., McAllister, J., Adams, M., & Horton, S. (2008, 2009 and 2011). In search of best practice: Is current speech and language therapy practice meeting the psychosocial needs of adults who stutter? Papers and poster presented at the Oxford Dysfluency Conferences, Evidence Based Health Care Conference and the RSCLT Scientific Conference.

 

Davidson Thompson, T. C., McAllister, J., Adams, M., & Horton, S. (2009). Evaluation and discharge criteria in therapy with adults who stutter: A survey of speech and language therapists. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 11(1), 45 - 53.

PhD Thesis

Davidson Thompson, T. C. (2010). A survey of practice of speech and language therapists who work with people who stutter. University of East Anglia, Norwich.

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