Sue Roulstone is a research professor at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Sue has worked as a speech and language therapist and has managed speech and language therapy services. She was Chair of RCSLT from 2006-2006. Her research interests include child and family perspectives, professional judgment and evaluation of speech and language therapy. She was a core member of the Better Communication Research Programme Team and is currently completing work on a large research programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research to develop an evidence-based framework of interventions for preschool children.
Sue is a clinical research director at The Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit, which is at a significant point in its history. The Unit was founded in 1987 by Professor Pam Enderby with the support of a grant from the Underwood Trust. Now, twenty-five years later, with an illustrious history behind us, we are on the verge of a new era. The Underwood Trust has endowed £1.2 million to found a Chair of Language and Communication Impairment, as well as the appointment of a Senior Research Fellow, at the University of the West of England, Bristol. This generosity enables us to develop and strengthen our programme of research.
Members of the Unit have also led a national team with a successful proposal for a National Institute of Health Research Programme Grant. This 3 year grant focuses on the development of evidence-based speech and language therapy with pre-school children.
In 2011 there has been a National Year of Speech and Language Communication to promote the needs of children with communication difficulties. Members of the research team were instrumental in the development of the local campaign which won a national award for its landmark activity, playing our part in raising awareness, increasing understanding and improving services.
At the 2014 ASLTIP Conference in Birmingham Sue will be leading one of the workshops: Interventions and outcomes in children’s speech and language therapy.
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