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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

Farren, E., Quigley, D., & Lynch, Y. , Telepractice in service delivery: A survey of perspectives and practices of speech and language therapists in Ireland during COVID-19. , Advances in Communication and Swallowing, 2022, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2022

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

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

Lynch, Y , Identifying appropriate symbol communication aids for children: Evidence based resources to enhance clinical decision making , Speech and Language Pathology Summerschool , online , August 2021, 2021 Oral Presentation, 2021

Sotiropoulou Drosopoulou, C., Murray, J., Smith, M., Launonen, K., Neuvonen, K., Lynch, Y., Stadskleiv, K., & Von Tetzchner, S., Conversation Patterns between Children with Severe Speech Impairment and their Conversation Partners in Dyadic and Multi-person Interactions, Applied Linguistics , 2021 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text URL

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

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 DOI URL

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

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

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

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

Lynch, Y and McCleary, M, A survey of working practices of SLTs in Ireland in the field of augmentative and alternative communication , Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Conference , Mullingar , 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

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

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

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

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., 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

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, Classroom Collaboration for effective AAC intervention , Biennial Conference of the ISAAC , Dusseldorf, Germany , August 2006, 2006 Poster, 2006

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

The I-ASC Explanatory Model as a Support for AAC Assessment Planning: A Case Report in, editor(s)Smith, M , Clinical Cases in AAC , 2022, [Lynch, Y and Murray, J] Book Chapter, 2022

Yvonne Lynch, Don't Forget the Fringe TheInformedSLP, 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022

Supporting emerging communicators using AAC: two case reports in, editor(s)Smith, M , Clinical Cases in AAC , 2022, [McCleary, M and Lynch, Y. ] Book Chapter, 2022

Yvonne Lynch, Focus on Form The Informed SLP, 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022

Personal perspectives on AAC in, editor(s)Smith, M , Clinical Cases in AAC , 2022, [Fitzgerald, J, Fitzgerald, S and Lynch Y] Book Chapter, 2022

Yvonne Lynch, Want to win at telepractice? Be extra! The Informed SLP , 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022

Yvonne Lynch, Allow me to be indirect TheInformedSLP, 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022

Yvonne Lynch, I just need some space The Informed SLP , 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022

Yvonne Lynch, You say it best when you say nothing at all The Informed SLP, 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022

Yvonne Lynch, Polishing our crystal balls for preschool stuttering TheInformedSLP, 2022, - Miscellaneous, 2022

Yvonne Lynch, Speech-language therapy you can count on The InformedSLP.com, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

Yvonne Lynch, Literacy by design TheInformedSLP.com, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

Yvonne Lynch, Keep it simple for CVI TheInformedSLP.com, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

Yvonne Lynch, AAC abandonment: What happens next? TheInformedSLP.com, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

Yvonne Lynch, Supersize your systematic review TheInformedslp.com, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

Yvonne Lynch, Taking a closer look at cortical visual impairment, TheInformedSLP, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

Yvonne Lynch, Top tips to transform telehealth with preschoolers TheInformedSLP.com, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

Yvonne Lynch, A picture paints a thousand words. Or does it? TheinformedSLP.com, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

Yvonne Lynch, Where EF meets DLD TheInformedSLP, 2021, - Miscellaneous, 2021

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

Murray, J, Lynch, Y, Goldbart, J, Webb, E, Meredith, S., Moulam, L, Whittle H, A Child's Right to Talk - Symbol Communication Aids , Westminster Parliament, London, UK , 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Research Expertise

Description

My research interests lie at the intersection of healthcare and technology. I was a Research Fellow on the 1 million pound I-ASC project, which delivered a comprehensive resource for assistive technology assessment (https://iasc.mmu.ac.uk/). I am currently a Principal investigator creating a co-designed telehealth toolkit and framework for students and educators in the health professions. I am a partner on an Enterprise Ireland Innovation project to develop inclusive, interactive whiteboard interventions to support language learning in primary school classrooms. I am an innovative researcher with a growing national and international profile. I have published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals (36 peer-reviewed publications) and have 69 citations (H-index of 5). I disseminate my research widely (at international conferences in Australia, USA, Brazil, UK, and Canada) and engage with the community to ensure maximum impact. I have presented at Westminster, and the Scottish parliament provided keynote and invited presentations in Australia, the UK, and Ireland, written four book chapters, including 3 in student textbooks. I have also written 16 communicating science blog posts for a membership website with an audience of more than 12,000 health professionals (www.theInformedSLP.com). I have secured more than €350,000 in research funding to date. I have been recognised as a future leader in childhood disability research by two organisations (ISAAC International and The British Academy of Childhood Disability). I have built an extensive research collaboration network internationally, and I am working with two international research teams on large scale bids. I am a co-investigator on the ESRC-IRC funded UK-Ireland Communicative Participation Research Network. I am affiliated with the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability group(https://www.tcd.ie/tcaid/), the DIGI-ID digital inclusion research project (https://www.tcd.ie/tcaid/research/Project7.php)and am part of the award-winning Irish and International network Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (https://radld.org/).

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.

I am a member of the IASLT working group on visual displays in playgrounds (2020- to date). I chaired the IASLT's working group to develop national guidelines for speech and language therapists working with people who use AAC (2016)

Awards and Honours

Visiting Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University 2016- to date

British Academy of Childhood Disability-CASTANG Fellow - For future research leaders in the field of childhood disability 2019-2020

Lámh Scholar 2019

The International Society of the ISAAC: Emerging Researcher Travel Award - to support upcoming researchers in the field of AAC 2018

Memberships

CORU registered Speech and Language Therapist

Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists 1999 – to date

International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication 1999 – to date