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Dr Wendy Cohen

Senior Lecturer

Speech and Language Therapy

Personal statement

I have been working at Strathclyde since 2005.  Before then I held posts in the NHS and Academia as a Speech and Language Therapist and Research Fellow.

My job combines a mixture of teaching, research and external collaboration with colleagues in the NHS.  

Currently I am the Professional Lead and Research Lead for the Speech and Language Therapy Subject Area.


Has expertise in:

    • Speech disorders in children and adolescents
    • Voice disorders in children and adolescents
    • Communication disability in those with an associated genetic condition
    • Clinical Education and Professional Development


Cross-sectional follow up of voice outcomes in children who have a history of airway reconstruction surgery
Cohen Wendy, Wynne David M, Lloyd Susan, Townsley Richard B
Clinical Otolaryngology, (2017)
Supporting allied health professionals in their role as practice educators
Cohen Wendy, Lane Judith, Heather Gray, Peter Glover
3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference, (2017)
Commuting to placement : impact on student learning, well-being and finances
McCool Susan, Cohen Wendy, Couper Jennifer, Madden Jamie
3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference, pp. 1-11, (2017)
22q11 deletion syndrome : parents' and children's experiences of educational and healthcare provision in the UK
Cohen Wendy, McCartney Elspeth, Crampin Lisa
Journal of Child Health Care, (2017)
A long term follow up of voice outcomes in children following laryngo-tracheal reconstruction or crichotracheal resection surgery
Cohen Wendy, Wynne David M, Lloyd Susie, Townsley Richard
Cutting Edge Laryngology, (2016)
Laryngoscopic and acoustic voice data of children following laryngo-tracheal reconstruction and cricotracheal resection surgery : a long term follow up
Cohen Wendy, Lloyd Susie, Townsley Richard, Wynne David
13th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, pp. 1-2, (2016)

more publications


The SLT programme at the University of Strathclyde is one of only two in Scotland. SLTs have been educated in Glasgow since the early inception of the profession and the course is currently regarded in high esteem across the UK. This high esteem continues with high response rates in the National Student Survey.

I have several key teaching responsibilities including voice disorders in children, adolescents and adult, aligning closely with my research interests.  From 2016 I have taken on the role as Professional Lead and Director of Research in the area of SLT.

From 2005 until 2016 I coordinated all aspects of the student's undergraduate practice placement programme, working closely with colleagues across Scotland.  This role required me to work closely with national systems including the Scottish Government, the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to ensure that our graduates are able to enter into the workplace with the required skills to work as speech and langauge therapists.

I have considerable external examining and external assessing experience including:

  • External examiner for BSc Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin.  October 2017 - current
  • Appointed external adviser for Sheffield University - BSc Hons Speech and Language Therapy Programme Revalidation – November 2017.
  • External examiner for BSc Hons Speech Pathology and Therapy, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 2013 – 2017
  • External adviser for Birmingham City University - BSc Hons Speech and Language Therapy Programme Revalidation - October 2016.
  • External assessor, Faculty Programme Panel, Manchester Metropolitan University (AKMI Metropolitan College, Athens).  May 2013

Research interests

My research interests are aligned to University’s health and wellbeing strategy in the area of speech, language, voice and communication. 

Current projects focus on developing tools for assessing speech and voice difficulties in children. I also have an interest in supporting children for whom communication is difficult as a result of a medical condition such as cleft palate, Down’s syndrome or specific chromosomal syndromes such as 22q11 deletion syndrome and work closely with clinical colleagues at Glasgow Dental Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, where I also hold an Honorary position as Speech and Language Therapist in the Deparment of Ear, Nose and Throat.

My longest standing interests relate to a national collaboration investigating the genetic factors associated with language and communication difficulties.  My involvement in this (the SLI consortium) dates back to the design, collection and analysis of genetic and language performance data from a Scottish family cohort study. The SLI Consortium brought together key personnel from a series of cohort studies to increase the statistical strength of the data.  I led the design of the language assessment protocol and data gathering for the Scottish cohort. The data continues to be analysed as genetic analysis techniques are refined.  This is resulting in current collaborative publications which are attributed to key named authors and all members of the SLI Consortium who had principle involvement in the data gathering and early analysis.


Professional activities

Birmingham City University
Visiting researcher
13th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (Journal)
Peer reviewer
International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders (Journal)
Peer reviewer
15th British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology
Invited speaker
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (Journal)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


Supporting AHP Practice Placement Education - Implementation of National Strands
Cohen, Wendy (Academic)
Period 01-Feb-2010 - 28-Feb-2010
Advancing the AHP practice-based education pre-registration agenda
Cohen, Wendy (Academic)
Period 01-Dec-2011 - 31-Mar-2012
Parent perceptions of Down’s Syndrome Scotland (DSS) communication groups
Cohen, Wendy (Academic)
Period 06-Jan-2014 - 16-Jun-2014
Voice outcomes following airway reconstruction in children
Cohen, Wendy (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2015 - 31-Dec-2015
Speech factors predicting change in children with repaired cleft palates (Maxwell Bequest - MPhil Studentship SLT)
Cohen, Wendy (Principal Investigator) Lowit, Anja (Co-investigator)
Period 29-Sep-2013 - 30-Sep-2015
Extended evaluation of a 1 day Inter-disciplinary practice educator training event for Allied Health Professions
Cohen, Wendy (Co-investigator)
Period 07-Dec-2011 - 30-Jun-2012

more projects


Speech and Language Therapy
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