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Margaret Walsh - Associate Professor in Speech & Language Pathology

Margaret Walsh

Associate Professor in Speech & Language Pathology

I am a speech and language therapist with a particular interest in speech and swallowing disorders. I focus my research on evidence based practice and psychosocial impact of these impairments. I continue to work in clinical practice as well as being active in teaching and research.

What I teach

  • Advanced Clinical Skills in Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
  • Clinical Evidence Based Practice
  • Academic writing

What I research

  • Implementation Science – what facilitates and prevents implementation of best practice in clinical settings,
  • Interventions for swallowing disorders in neurogenic disease and also critical care patients. Our goal is to improve not only swallowing but also quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Psychosocial impact of speech and swallowing disorders on individuals with these impairments. Using qualitative methodology, with my PhD students we are examining the impact of communication and swallowing disorders on individuals and their families internationally.
  • Communication and swallowing disorders in people with dementia. Improving assessments and intervention approaches is a key focus of this research. The goal is to increase this body of evidence for speech and language therapists and improve health care provision

Recent Key Publications