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Dr Anja Kuschmann

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Speech and Language Therapy

Personal statement

I am a lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Strathclyde with an expertise in speech problems in children and adults with motor disorders.

After receiving my MA in General and Clinical Linguistics (Patholinguistics) from the University of Potsdam in Germany, I moved to Strathclyde to do my PhD on intonation in Foreign Accent Syndrome. My British Academy Postdoctoral fellowship allowed me to extend my work to prosody in children with cerebral palsy.

As a clinical linguist and speech and language therapist I am aware of the close links that exist between clinical research and clinical practice, and the importance of advances in theoretical and applied linguistics for the development of new clinical approaches. I am a keen advocate of the mutual benefit of research and practice, and this principle underpins my approach to research and teaching.


What does it take to stress a word? Digital manipulation of stress markers in ataxic dysarthria
Lowit Anja, Ijitona Tolulope, Kuschmann Anja, Corson Stephen, Soraghan John
International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, (2018)
Rhythmic performance in hypokinetic dysarthria : relationship between reading, spontaneous speech and diadochokinetic tasks
Lowit Anja, Marchetti Agata, Corson Stephen, Kuschmann Anja
Journal of Communication Disorders Vol 72, pp. 26-39, (2018)
Sentence stress in children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy
Kuschmann Anja, Lowit Anja
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, (2018)
Language production in Parkinson’s Disease : an investigation into the characteristics and underlying linguistic and cognitive mechanisms
Wagstaff Rebecca, Lowit Anja, Brown Louise, Kuschmann Anja
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017, (2017)
The use of technology in the management of acquired dysarthria
Kuschmann Anja, Lowit Anja
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference 2017, (2017)
Intonation patterns in older children with cerebral palsy before and after speech intervention
Kuschmann Anja, Miller Nick, Lowit Anja, Pennington Lindsay
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Vol 19, pp. 370-380, (2016)

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Research interests

My research focus is on motor speech disorders and examines how problems with articulation and prosody manifest in people with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy; how these speech difficulties affect intelligibility and communication; and how current treatment approaches target these difficulties. I am also very interested in how advances in technology shape current approaches to assessment, treatment and self-management in acquired motor speech disorders.

PhD and MPhil students

  • Rebecca Wagstaff, PhD candidate: Mechanisms of cognitive and language impairment in Parkinson's disease.
  • Mariam Mahmood, MPhil candidate

I am happy to supervise students with research interests involving any area of motor speech disorders. Also, please contact me if you are interested in pursuing postgraduate research on the use of technologies and electronic devices in speech and language therapy.


Professional activities

British Academy (External organisation)
BAAP Colloquium 2018 (Event)
Peer reviewer
PLOS One (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Speech Prosody Conference (Event)
CPD event - Dysarthria in children: Assessment and Management
Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie (Journal)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


Phonetic markers of sentence stress in people with speech disorders
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator) Kuschmann, Anja (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 31-Aug-2017
Prosodic abilities in Cerebral Palsy
Kuschmann, Anja (Fellow)
Period 01-Jan-2013 - 31-Dec-2015

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Speech and Language Therapy
Graham Hills Building

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