Dr Anja Kuschmann

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Speech and Language Therapy

Personal statement

I am a Lecturer/Chancellor's Fellow 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 between research and practice, and the importance of advances in theoretical and applied linguistics for developing approaches to the assessment, treatment and evaluation of speech, language and communication disorders.

I am a keen advocate of the mutual benefit of research and practice, and this principle underpins my approach to research and teaching.

Publications

Acoustic characterization of dysarthria in children with cerebral palsy : exploring age-related effects
Kuschmann Anja, van Brenk Frits
Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences International Congress of Phonetics Sciences 2019, pp. 3031-3035 (2019)
Acoustic realisation of the question-statement contrast in children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy
Kuschmann Anja
17th International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association Conference
(2018)
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)
https://doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12396
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)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomdis.2018.02.005
Sentence stress in children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy
Kuschmann Anja, Lowit Anja
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2018.1444093
Acoustic markers of dysarthria in children with cerebral palsy : comparison of speech tasks
van Brenk Frits, Kuschmann Anja
Annual ASHA convention 2018 (2018)

more publications

Research interests

My primary research focus is on motor speech disorders in children with cerebral palsy and adults with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease. I am interested in understanding the underlying nature of their speech problems, how these problems manifest, and how current treatment approaches target these difficulties. I harness the power of detailed acoustic analyses to aid the understanding of these aspects. My goal is to undertake research that advances our theoretical understanding of speech disorders and drives clinical practices, which can improve well-being and social participation for those affected by communication disorders.

I am also very interested in how advances in technology shape current approaches to assessment and treatment in acquired motor speech disorders.

 

PhD and MPhil students

  • Rebecca Wagstaff, PhD candidate: Mechanisms of cognitive and language impairment in Parkinson's disease.
  • Nameeka Shahid, PhD candidate: Impact of dysarthria in a Pakistani cultural context
  • Manali Sharma, MPhil candidate: Comprehension and Production of passive constructions in bilingual aphasia (Hindi and English)

I am happy to supervise students with research interests involving any area of motor speech disorders or multilingualism. 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

Speech Prosody (Event)
Peer reviewer
1/2020
Engage with Strathclyde 2019
Organiser
3/5/2019
External Examiner - Newcastle University
Examiner
2019
International Congress of Phonetics Sciences 2019 (Event)
Peer reviewer
12/2018
Use of technology in the management of acquired dysarthria
Speaker
11/2018
British Academy (External organisation)
Advisor
2018

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Projects

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

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Address

Speech and Language Therapy
Graham Hills Building

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