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Dr. Amy Connery
Assistant Professor, Clin Speech & Language Studies

Biography

Dr. Amy Connery is an Assistant Professor in Speech and Language Pathology in the Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. She has over ten years of clinical experience working in paediatric primary care and disability settings. In 2017 she was awarded a scholarship to undertake research at the School of Allied Health at the University of Limerick. In 2021, she completed her PhD, entitled 'Retrieving and synthesising the evidence to guide clinical practice: Development of an evidence-based framework for stuttering interventions for adults who stutter'. As part of this, she completed a systematic review of effective stuttering interventions, a meta-ethnography on the lived experience of stuttering, and semi-structured interviews and e-Delphi methodology with key stakeholders including adults who stutter. Results of her PhD were disseminated through four peer-reviewed publications, and numerous national and international conferences. Her current research interests include effective stuttering interventions for both children and adults, PPI (Public and Patient Involvement), multi-stakeholder co-design of interventions, and evidence-based practice. She has published her work in several international journals, and frequently presents her work at national and international conferences.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Connery, A. & Ní Shé, C., Designing a Module on Stuttering and Cluttering: A Guide for Speech-Language Pathology Educators, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2024 Journal Article, 2024

Connery, A. & Yaruss, S., Obtaining consensus amongst key stakeholders on the core components of stuttering intervention for adults: An e-Delphi survey, Oxford Dysfluency Conference (Conference cancelled), Oxford, England, September, 2023 Oral Presentation, 2023

Byrne, E. & Connery, A., Identifying perspectives of adults who stutter on therapeutic alliance in stuttering intervention, Advances in Communication and Swallowing, 2023 Journal Article, 2023

Connery, A. & Salsberg, J., Exploring participatory health research and its application to speech and language therapy research practices, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 2023, p1-12 Journal Article, 2023

Connery, A. Cavanna, A.E., & Coleman, R., Can Stoicism inspire stuttering intervention? The clinical usefulness of an ancient philosophy, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 URL

Connery, A. & Foley, M., Public and Patient Involvement: A workshop on guiding future stuttering research, Stakeholder Coalitions: Guiding Stuttering Research and Clinical Directions, Online, October, 2022, 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022

Connery, A., Yaruss, J.S., Lomheim, H., Loucks, T.M., Galvin, R., & McCurtin, A., Obtaining consensus on core components of stuttering intervention for adults: An e"Delphi Survey with key stakeholders, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 57, (1), 2022, p112--127 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Connery, A, Pender, T, Yaruss, J.S., McCurtin, A, It's time to talk about our relationships: Exploring the role of therapeutic alliance in speech and language therapy, with stuttering intervention as an exemplar, Advances in Communication and Swallowing, 25, (2), 2022, p115 - 128 Journal Article, 2022

Amy Connery and Rose Galvin and Arlene McCurtin, Effectiveness of nonpharmacological stuttering interventions on communication and psychosocial functioning in adults: A systematic review and meta"analysis of randomized controlled trials, Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 14, (1), 2021, p17--26 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Connery, A., Galvin, R. and McCurtin, A. , Stakeholder consensus on core components of stuttering intervention for adults: an e-Delphi survey. , ASHA Convention, Washington, D.C., USA, November, 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021

Amy Connery and Rose Galvin and Arlene McCurtin, International expert perspectives on the principles and components of effective intervention for adults who stutter, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 56, (1), 2021, p36--50 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Connery, A., Galvin, R. and McCurtin, A. , International perspectives on principles and components of effective intervention for adults who stutter: interviews with expert academics and clinicians., Oxford Dysfluency Conference, Online, January, 2021 Poster, 2021

Connery, A., Galvin, R. and McCurtin, A. , What the evidence tells us: systematic reviews, meta-ethnographies and other evidence forms. , Oxford Dysfluency Conference, Online, January, 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021

Amy Connery and Arlene McCurtin and Katie Robinson, The lived experience of stuttering: a synthesis of qualitative studies with implications for rehabilitation, Disability and Rehabilitation, 42, (16), 2020, p2232--2242 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Connery, A. and McCurtin, A. , Using literature based patient evidence to guide intervention: examples of retrieving the collective patient voice and synthesising experiences. , Person Centred Health Care Conference, University Hospital Limerick, Ireland, June, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Connery, A., Galvin, R. and McCurtin, A. , The use of person-centred research to guide intervention: an example of stuttering treatment co-design for adults., University of Limerick Health Research Institute, Limerick, Ireland, December, 2019 Poster, 2019

Connery, A., Galvin, R. and McCurtin, A. , The use of person-centred research to guide intervention: an example of stuttering treatment co-design for adults, University of Limerick Health Research Institute, Limerick, Ireland, December, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Connery, A., Galvin, R. and McCurtin, A., Effectiveness of stuttering intervention on communication and psychosocial functioning in adults who stutter: a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled trials. , Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial Conference, Dublin, Ireland, May, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Connery, A. and McCurtin, A. , Synthesising intervention evidence to guide clinical practice: an example using cognitive behavioural therapy in stuttering., Health and Social Care Professions Conference, Dublin, Ireland, November, 2018 Poster, 2018

Connery, A., McCurtin, A. and Galvin, R., 'Effectiveness of stuttering intervention on communication and psychosocial functioning in adults who stutter: a systematic review of controlled trials.', PROSPERO: International prospective register of systematic reviews, 2018, - Protocol or guideline, 2018

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Speech and Language Pathologists in, editor(s)Jamie Googan & Con Hurley , Stutter Stories, 2024, [Amy Connery] Book Chapter, 2024

Connery, A. , 'IJLCD - Stuttering intervention for adults', RCSLT - Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, 2022, - Broadcast, 2022 URL

Connery, A., Developing Your Research Proposal, IASLT Research Special Interest Group, Online, May, 2022 Oral Presentation, 2022

Connery, A. (2021) , Personal experience of a clinician completing research. , IASLT Research Special Interest Group, Online, March, 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021

McCurtin, A. and Connery, A. , An overview of types of systematic reviews for SLTs interested in conducting research. , IASLT Research Special Interest Group, Online, November, 2020 Oral Presentation, 2020

Research Expertise

Keywords

Evidence-Based Practice; Intervention Co-design; Stuttering; Therapeutic Alliance

Recognition

Representations

Peer reviewer for several international scientific journals including Disability and Rehabilitation and International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. 2020

Awards and Honours

University of Limerick Education and Health Sciences Research Scholarship 2017

University of Limerick EHS Support Funding X2 2019 & 2021

HRB Conference and Event Sponsorship Scheme Funding 2022

National Forum Digital Badge: Getting Started with Online Teaching 2020

HRB Conference and Event Sponsorship Scheme Funding 2024

Trinity College Dublin Trust Award 2024

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Event Award 2024

Memberships

Member of Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT)

CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist (SL18829) 2014 – Present

IASLT Research Special Interest Group 2019 – Present

Member of 'Stamma' International Academic Network 2022 – Present

Special Interest Group in Stuttering 2018 – Present

Member of National Stammering Clinical Excellence Network 2023 – Present