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Prof. Susan Franklin


I worked for many years as a speech and language therapist, working at first with pre-school children and eventually specialising in dysphasia. After a master's degree in London, my first research post was at the Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, working with John Morton and Karalyn Patterson looking at effectiveness of anomia therapy. In 1989 I was awarded a PhD from City University, supervised by Karalyn Patterson, for research applying cognitive neuropsychological models to categorise auditory comprehension disorders in aphasia. Before coming to the University of Limerick I worked at UCL, London, the University of York and the University of Newcastle.

At Newcastle my research centred on sentence processing disorders and phonological output disorders in naming. With David Howard and Anne Whitworth I worked with colleagues in Tokyo to develop a Japanese Aphasia Battery (SALA). With David Howard I obtained funding from the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia to establish an Aphasia Clinic at the University, which continues to offer 3-month blocks of intensive therapy to people with aphasia. I was instrumental in setting up the North East Trust for Aphasia which raises money to provide more long term support for people with aphasia.

In 2005 I became Professor of Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Limerick, having earlier carried out the initial set up of the MSc in Speech and Language Therapy (Professional Qualification) at Limerick. My current research interests are aphasia (anomia treatment, effective services) and secondary school language interventions (SLT/Teacher collaborations, effective interventions).

Research Interests

Treatment for anomia, including software for therapy
Aphasia assessment in different languages
Setting aphasia research prioriites
International review of aphasia services (Cost Action: Collaboration of Aphasia Triallists)
Effective service provision

Post-Primary Speech Language and Communication Needs:
Evaluation of SLCN at post-primary level
Development and evaluation of treatments for SLCN
SLT/Teacher collaboration

Teaching Interests

Acquired disorders of communication (stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia
Cognitive psychology
Abnormal Psychology




Missing the meaning
Howard, D; Franklin, S

Book Chapter


Disorders of Auditory Comprehension
Morris J and Franklin S
Aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders


Case based problem solving for speech and language therapy students
Whitworth, A; Franklin, S; Dodd, B
Innovations in education in speech and language pathology


Assessment and remediation of a speech discrimination deficit in a dysphasic patient
Morris, J; Franklin, S
Case studies in clinical linguistics


Cognitive neuropsychology and assessment
Kay, J; Franklin, S
Clinical neuropschological assessment. A cognitive approach.


Cognitive neuropsychology and the remediation of disorders of spoken language
Ellis, AW; Franklin, S; Crerar, A
Cognitive psychology and cognitive rehabilitation


Dissociations between component mechanisms in short-term memory: evidence from brain-damaged patients
Howard, D; Franklin, S
Attention and Performance 14: synergies in experimental psychology, artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience


Anomia: differentiating between semantic and phonological deficits
Ellis, AW; Kay, J; Franklin, S
Cognitive neuropsychology in clinical practice


Drawing without meaning? Dissociations in the graphic performance of an agnosic artist.
Franklin, S; Van Somers, P; Howard, D
Mental Lives. Case studies in cognition.


Deaf to the meanings of words
Franklin, S; Howard, D
Mental lives: Case studies in cognition


Memory without rehearsal
Howard, D; Franklin, S
Neuropsychological impairments of short-term memory


Three ways for understanding written words, and their use in two contrasting cases of surface dyslexia.
Howard, D; Franklin, S
Language perception and production; shared mechanisms in listening, speaking reading and writing

Other Publication


Towards unsupervised remote therapy for individuals with aphasia. Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Higgins, C. ,Kearns, A.,Ryan, C.,Fernstrom, M. ,Franklin, S
Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications EngineeringMobile Computing, Applications, and Services Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-05452-0_20

Peer Reviewed Journal


Cognitive grammar and aphasic discourse
Manning, M,Franklin, S
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2015.1128981


Returning to work with aphasia: A case study
Morris, J; Franklin, S; Menger, F; GD
Aphasiology DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2010.549568


Verbs and nouns - the importance of being imageable
Bird, H; Howard, D; Franklin, S
Journal Of Neurolinguistics


'Little words' - not really: function and content words in normal and aphasic speech
Bird, H; Franklin, S; Howard, D
Journal Of Neurolinguistics


Designing single case treatment studies
Franklin, S
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation


Cinderella revisited: a comparison of fluent and non-fluent aphasic speech
Bird, H; Franklin, S
Journal Of Neurolinguistics


A distinctive case of word meaning deafness?
Franklin, S; Turner, J; Lambon Ralph, MA; Morris, J; Bailey, P
Cognitive Neuropsychology


Remediating a speech perception deficit in an aphasic patient
Morris, J; Franklin, S; Ellis, AW; Turner, JE; Bailey, PJ


Abstract word anomia
Franklin, S; Howard, D; Patterson, K
Cognitive Neuropsychology


Abstract word meaning deafness
Franklin, S; Howard, D; Patterson, K
Cognitive Neuropsychology


The facilitation of picture naming in aphasia
Howard, D; Patterson, K; Franklin, S; Orchard-Lisle, VM; Morton, J
Cognitive Neuropsychology


Treatment of word retrieval deficits in aphasia - a comparison of two therapy methods
Howard, D; Patterson, K; Franklin, S; Orchard-Lisle, VM; Morton, J