Margaret Walsh - Associate Professor in Speech & Language Pathology
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
- Walshe, M and Huckabee ML. (2019) Clinical Cases in Dysphagia. Routledge: London.
This text book is the first of a series of edited textbooks aimed at educating new and novel clinicians on the management of communication and swallowing disorders.
- Walshe M. (2019) Swallowing and Aging. Speech, Language and Hearing. 22,(1,) p2-8.
This article provides an overview of the impact of ageing on swallowing with considerations for clinical assessment and research .
- Dooley S, Walshe M. (2019) Assessing Cognitive Communication Skills in Dementia: A scoping review. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 54 (5) 729-741.
This recent review identifies the gap in current cognitive communication assessments for people with dementia.
- Baijens,L, Walshe M et al. (in press). European Society for Swallowing Disorders and Confederation of European Otolaryngology – A White Paper on the management of oropharyngeal dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology.
This European Position paper provides direction to management of these patients worldwide.
- Walshe M and Miller N (forthcoming 2021) Clinical Cases in Dysarthria – published by Routledge London.
This edited text will be available in June 2021.