Deborah graduated from Newcastle University in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Sciences. Deborah has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist across public and private sectors in Scotland and Ireland, largely with adults with acquired communication disorders and dysphagia. This has included working in acute hospital settings, young adult rehabilitation units, primary care and long term care settings in the community.
Deborah further developed her interest in practice education when working as a Practice Tutor in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin in 2014. She was a Tutor in the Connect visiting aphasia scheme with Trinity College Dublin, where she completed an academic teaching module in Creative Teaching Approaches. Deborah has been a Regional Placement Facilitator in Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick since January 2017. Deborah has a keen interest in acquired communication disorders, dysphagia, inter-professional education and reflective practice. Deborah is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists.
Deborah is an early researcher with interests in inter-professional education, acquired communication disorders, rehabilitation and social models of disability.
I teach on Practice Education modules on the Speech and Language Therapy Masters programme and train Practice Educators.
I have facilitated tutorials on the Connect programme (a conversation partner scheme for people with aphasia) in a previous position with Trinity College Dublin. I am now leading a module in Supporting Communication which involves organising and facilitating a similar visiting aphasia scheme.
- 2013 Member, IASLT