Dr Steffie AbelM.A., PD

Clinical Senior Lecturer

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Overview

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience of Speech and Language

Responsibilities for the BSc Speech and Language Therapy (3 and 4 years)

Module lead for the upcoming SLT BSc3 module "Acquired Communication and Swallowing Disorders - A"

Exams officer for SLT BSc3

Chair of Student Progress Committee for the BSc SLT programmes

 

Research lead of the Neuroscience-based aphasia therapy lab within NARU

 

UREC Ethics Signatory for the Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology (DNEP)

Deputy Chair for DNEP Ethics Reviews

Public Engagement Lead for DNEP, FBMH Social Responsibility Public Engagement Forum

 

Externally:

Adjunct Professor in Language Pathology at RWTH Aachen University

Editor-in-chief of a German journal on SLT (Sprache, Stimme, Gehoer)

Deputy Chair of the German aphasiology organisation (GAB)

Committee Member of the British Aphasiology Society (BAS)

Biography

I obtained my university qualifications from RWTH Aachen University in Germany, where I worked as researcher, lecturer, and in clinical settings for a total of 14 years, finally as deputy head of the outpatient language clinic at the Department of Neurology and research project leader. After graduation in 2001, I gained clinical experience as neurolinguist at a neurological rehabilitation centre in Hagen and at the Neuropsychological Therapy (Aphasia) Ward at the RWTH Aachen in 2002-2003, where I achieved my PhD on a German stipend in 2007. In 2006, I took up a research position at the Neurocentre of the University of Freiburg where I acquired knowledge in neuroscience methods, and obtained my Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification in 2012 having returned to RWTH Aachen. In between, I was visiting scientist at universities in Urbana-Champaign, Nijmegen, Sydney, and Bergen. In 2014, I additionally took on a half time post as Professor of Neuropsychology and Neurolinguistics at the SRH University of Applied Science with teaching responsibilities for Bsc SLT in Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Duesseldorf, and Bonn.

I started as full time Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester in January 2015, in order to continue with research on the neuroscience basis of aphasia. All in all, my current research focuses on new tools and methods for diagnostics and intervention in language disorders, bringing together methods and knowledge from neuroscience, neuro-/psycho-/patholinguistics including computational modelling, and speech therapy/clinical linguistics.

Social responsibility

I am happy to be volunteer with the Stroke Association.

Moreover, I am Public Engagement Lead for DNEP and member of the FBMH Social Responsibility Public Engagement Forum.

Qualifications

Magister Artium (MA) in German Philology, Philosophy, and Political Science;

Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.) in Neurolinguistics,

and Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification (PD; Venia legendi in Patholinguistics) from RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Clinical Linguist (BKL), Germany

Speech and Language Therapist (SLT; reg. HCPC, MRCSLT)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Member of the Royal Academy of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
  • British Aphasiology Society (BAS), Committee Member
  • Academy of Aphasia (AoA)
  • Society for the Neurobiology of Language

Germany:

  • Bundesverband Klinische Linguistik (BKL)
  • Gesellschaft für Aphasieforschung und -behandlung (GAB), Deputy Chair and member of its Scientific and Award Selection Committees
  • Deutscher Bundesverband für Logopädie (dbl)
  • Deutscher Bundesverband der akademischen Sprachtherapeuten (dbs)

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