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.


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)
Acoustic markers of sentence stress in children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy
Kuschmann Anja, Lowit Anja
18th Biennial Conference on Motor Speech (2016)
Pausing and sentence stress in children with developmental dysarthria
Lowit Anja, Kuschmann Anja
18th Biennial Conference on Motor Speech (2016)
The role of speaking styles in assessing intonation in foreign accent syndrome
Kuschmann Anja, Lowit Anja
International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Vol 17, pp. 489-499 (2015)
Dysarthrie bei ICP : eine Einzelfallstudie
Kuschmann Anja
Spektrum Patholinguistik 8 - Schwerpunktthema, Besonders behandeln? (2015) (2015)
Developmental dysarthria in a young adult with cerebral palsy : a speech subsystems analysis
Kuschmann Anja, Neill Rebecca
Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (2015)

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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
  • Laura Manderson, PhD candidate: Ageing and communication: Understanding the roles of cognition, speech production, and social participation
  • Manali Sharma, MPhil candidate: Comprehension and Production of passive constructions in bilingual aphasia (Hindi and English)
  • Charya Jayasri Udara Bandara Kapurupastha Bandarage, MPhil candidate: Quantifying undifferentiated lingual gestures of children with velar fronting problem using ultrasound tongue imaging

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


Professional activities

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Speech Prosody (Event)
Peer reviewer
Sprache Stimme Gehoer (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Engage with Strathclyde 2019
External Examiner - Newcastle University
International Congress of Phonetics Sciences 2019 (Event)
Peer reviewer

more professional activities


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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Speech and Language Therapy
Graham Hills Building

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