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Dr. Yvonne Lynch
Assistant Professor, Clin Speech & Language Studies

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor in Speech and Language Therapy in the Dept. of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. I hold a BSc. and PhD from Trinity College Dublin and an MBA from the Smurfit School of Business.

I am a CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist with 11 years clinical experience working with children and adults with physical and multiple disabilities. I also have 4 years Senior Management experience in the Health Service and 3 years experience as a post-doctoral Research Fellow on a major NIHR research grant.

My research and clinical interests include Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), telehealth, service delivery in speech and language therapy.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Webb, E., Meads, D., Lynch, Y., Judge, S., Moulam, L., Hess, S., and Murray, J., Attribute Selection for a Discrete Choice Experiment Incorporating a Best-Worst Scaling Survey, Value in Health, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 URL

Jayes, M., Moulam, L., Meredith, S., Whittle, H., Lynch, Y., Goldbart, J., Judge, S., Webb, E., Meads, D., Hemsley, B., & Murray, J., Making Public Involvement in Research More Inclusive of People With Complex Speech and Motor Disorders: The I-ASC Project., Qualitative Health Research, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Murray, J., Lynch, Y., Goldbart, J., Moulam, L., Judge, S., Webb, E., Jayes, M., Meredith, S., Whittle, H., Randall, N., Meads, D., Hess, S., The decision-making process in recommending electronic communication aids for children and young people who are non-speaking: The I-ASC mixed methods study , Health Services and Delivery Research , 8, (45), 2020 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Moulam, L, Jayes, M., Meredith, S., Lynch, Y., Whittle, H., Randall, N., Judge, S., Goldbart, J.., Murray, J. , The rhetoric and reality of co-production with those who use AAC, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference , Nottingham , 25-26 September 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Webb, Edward J D and Meads, David and Lynch, Yvonne and Randall, Nicola and Judge, Simon and Goldbart, Juliet and Meredith, Stuart and Moulam, Liz and Hess, Stephane and Murray, Janice, What's important in AAC decision making for children? Evidence from a best-worst scaling survey, Augmentative and alternative communication (Baltimore, Md. : 1985), 35, (2), 2019, p80â€"94 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Webb Edward J D, Lynch Yvonne, Meads David, Judge Simon, Randall Nicola, Goldbart Juliet, Meredith Stuart, Moulam Liz, Hess Stephane, Murray Janice, Finding the best fit: examining the decision-making of augmentative and alternative communication professionals in the UK using a discrete choice experiment , BMJ Open , 9 , (11 ), 2019, pe030274 - Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Judge, Simon and Randall, Nicola and Goldbart, Juliet and Lynch, Yvonne and Moulam, Liz and Meredith, Stuart and Murray, Janice, The language and communication attributes of graphic symbol communication aids - a systematic review and narrative synthesis, Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology, 2019, p1â€"11 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Lynch, Y., Murray, J., Moulam, L., Meredith, S., Goldbart, J., Smith, M., Batorowicz, B., Randall, N., Judge, S., Decision-making in communication aid recommendations in the UK: Cultural and contextual influencers, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 2019, p13 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Murray, J., Lynch, Y., Meredith, S., Moulam, L., Goldbart, J., Smith, M., Randall, N. & Judge, S. , Professionals' decision-making in recommending communication aids in the UK: competing considerations, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 35, 2019, p1-13 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Goldbart, J., Moulam, L., Lynch, Y., Randall, N., Judge, S., and Murray, J., Inclusion of participants with communication and learning disabilities in a study of experience of communication aid assessments., The European Academy of Childhood Disability Conference , Tblisi, Georgia , 28-31 May 2018, 2018 Poster, 2018

Goldbart, J., Moulam, L., Randall, N., Judge, S., and Murray J.,, Inclusion of participants with communication and learning disabilities in a study of experience of communication aid assessments., Communication Matters International AAC Conference , Leeds Uk, 9-11 September 2018 , 2018 Poster, 2018

Lynch, Y., McCleary, M., Smith, MM, Instructional strategies used in direct AAC interventions with children to support graphic symbol learning: A systematic review, Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 2018, p23 - 36 Journal Article, 2018 TARA - Full Text DOI

Moulam, L., Meredith, S., Lynch, Y., Goldbart, J., Murray, J., Public Patient Involvement: Promoting a partnership rather than a consultation model , Biennial Conference of the ISAAC , Gold Coast, Australia , 23-26 July 2018, 2018 Poster, 2018

Judge, S., Randall, N., Lynch, Y., Meredith, S., Moulam L., Murray, J., The language and communication characteristics of communication aids - a systematic review., Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 242, 2017, pp347 - 350 Conference Paper, 2017

Judge, Simon and Randall, Nicola and Lynch, Yvonne and Meredith, Stuart and Moulam, Liz and Murray, Janice and Goldbart, Juliet, The Language and Communication Characteristics of Communication Aids - A Systematic Review, Studies in health technology and informatics, 242, 2017, p347â€"350 Journal Article, 2017

Webb, E. Meads, D., Lynch, Y., Randall, N., Judge, S., Goldbart, J., Meredith, S., Moulam, L., Clinical decision making in augmentative and alternative communication for children: A best worst scaling approach, Health Economists'Study Group conference , Aberdeen , 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Meredith, S., Moulam, L., Murray, J., Goldbart, J., and Lynch, Y., Public Patient Involvement: Promoting a partnership rather than a consultation model , Faculty Research in High Summer Conference, Manchester UK , July 2016, 2016 Poster, 2016

Murray, J., Lynch, Y., Moulam, L., and Smith, M. , Identifying appropriate symbol communication aids for children - clinical decision making , Research Symposium at the Biennial Conference of the ISAAC, Toronto, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Lynch, Y., Smith, M., A comparison of graphic symbol learning by children without disabilties across two instructional strategies , Biennial Conference of the ISAAC, Toronto, Canada, 12.08.2018, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

McCleary, M, Smith, M, and Lynch, Y. , A survey of working practices of SLTs in Ireland in the field of augmentative and alternative communication , Communication Matters International AAC Conference , Leeds, UK, September 2016, 2016 Poster, 2016

Lynch, Y and Smith, M, For typically developing 3-year-olds, Is aided language stimulation a more effective instructional strategy than a mand-model strategy in supporting acquisition of novel abstract symbol word pairings? , Biennial Conference of the ISAAC , Lisbon, Portugal , 12.08.2014, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Lynch, Y., Smith, M., How do typically developing 3 year olds acquire abstract symbol-word pairings under different learning conditions? , Biennial Conference of the ISAAC, Pittsburgh USA, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

Lynch, Y., Smith, M., When you have lemons, make lemonade. An exploration of challenges and opportunities in arrying out research in a clinical setting., Clinical AAC Research Conference, Virginia USA, 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

Lynch, Y., Smith, M., Potential parallels in logographic scripts and graphic symbols in AAC , ISAAC Research Symposium , Barcalona, Spain , 2008 Oral Presentation, 2008

Lynch, Y., McCleary, M.,, A study exploring classroom based interventons for AAC users at a special school , Biennial Conference of the ISAAC, Montreal, Canada, 4.08.2008, 2008 Poster, 2008

McCleary, M., Lynch, Y., , The impact of direct intervention on communication board use , Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies , 15, 2005, p25 - 41 Journal Article, 2005

Lynch, Y., McCleary, M.,, The impact of direct language intervention on communication board use , Biennial Conference of the ISAAC, Natal Brazil , 6.10.2004, 2004 Poster, 2004

Lynch, Y. , A Study of what young children interpret from a sample of picture communication symbols , Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 10, 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Augmented Communication: patient and public involvement in research: rhetoric and reality in, editor(s)McLaughlin, H., Beresford, P., Cameron, C., Casey, H., and Duffy, J. , The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education , Routledge International Handbooks, 2020, pp427 - 439, [Moulam, L., Meredith, S, Whittle, H, Lynch, Y. and Murray, J., ] Book Chapter, 2020

Yvonne Lynch, Enhancing clinical decision making in AAC: Key findings and resources from the I-ASC study , The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Biennial conference , Croke Park Dublin , 16.05.2019, 2019 Invited Talk, 2019

Research Expertise

Description

I worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for 13 years in the disability sector and also have 4 years senior management experience which has shaped my research interests. Much of my work centres on Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to systems used by children and adults who are unable to use spoken language to meet their communication needs. As communication with others is core to who we are as humans, finding the best ways to support people to communicate to exert control over their own lives and to participate in their communities is the central thread in all my research. I have 3 years international post-doctoral research experience as a Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. I had a lead role supporting the principal investigator, Prof Janice Murray, in delivering all aspects of a £1 million pound sterling study examining clinical decision making in AAC recommendations for children. The Identifying Appropriate Symbol Communication Aids for Children (I-ASC) study was a mixed methods study funded by the NHS which was recognised as achieving the gold standard in terms of participatory research. This UK wide study developed my systematic reviewing skills, qualitative methods experience, knowledge of Discrete Choice Trial Experiments and experience of public involvement in research. My doctoral research focused on instructional strategies used in AAC interventions with children. This mixed methods study also considered the role graphic symbols play in mediating language acquisition for young children who cannot speak while they are acquiring language. I developed my skills in mixed methods research through this study. Currently, I am exploring the potential for telehealth to support AAC interventions for children and adults working with clinical partners and in addition considering how practice education can be facilitated through a telehealth service delivery model. I am also examining how digital resources can supported families leaning AAC, and completing a study exploring attitudes and practices in literacy learning for young people with disabilities who use AAC. Finally, I working on a study examining language assessment for children who cannot speak.

Projects

  • Title
    • Identifying Appropriate Symbol Communication Aids for children who are non-speaking: enhancing clinical decision making
  • Summary
    • https://iasc.mmu.ac.uk
  • Funding Agency
    • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2019
  • Title
    • Promoting the communicative participation of children with speech, language and communication needs
  • Summary
    • This is a networking grant to develop a research network across the UK and Ireland focusing on communicative participation for children with speech, language and communication needs.
  • Funding Agency
    • ESRC-IRC Networking Grant 2020
  • Date From
    • 01.02.21
  • Date To
    • 01.02.22
  • Title
    • The AAC and Literacy Project
  • Summary
    • This was a research study exploring the literacy experiences and perspectives of four young people who use AAC and their families
  • Funding Agency
    • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Title
    • Exploring the potential of digital learning in AAC.
  • Summary
    • This was a research study exploring parental perspectives on the role of digital resources in supporting the learning of key work signing (Lámh).
  • Funding Agency
    • Lámh Ltd
  • Date From
    • 01.01.2019
  • Date To
    • 01.01.2020

Recognition

Representations

Member of CORU's preliminary proceedings committee for Fitness to Practice function for all registered allied health professions

I provide peer review for several academic journals including AAC, Disability and Rehabilitation, The International Journal for Language and Communication Disorders, and Child Language Teaching and Therapy.

Awards and Honours

British Academy of Childhood Disability-CASTANG Fellow 2019-2020

Lámh Scholar 2019

The International Society of the ISAAC: Emerging Researcher Travel Award 2018

Memberships

Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists 1999 – to date

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication 1999 – to date