Dr Anja Kuschmann

Senior Lecturer

Speech and Language Therapy

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy with a strong research interest in exploring typical and atypical speech production processes across the life span.

My current research primarily focuses on describing the acoustic properties of disordered speech and determining its perceptual impact on functional communication in children and adults with motor disorders. I am also interested in understanding how speech changes as children grow, and how older age affects speech production processes.

I gained my PhD on intonation in foreign accent syndrome from the University of Strathclyde. A subsequent British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship enabled me to extend my work in this field and investigate intonation and prosody in children with cerebral palsy.

My work is funded by the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Ongoing projects include:

  • ESRC funded research on how children‘s speech changes as they grow (VariCS) with Dr Joanne Cleland, Dr David Young (University of Strathclyde) and Prof Jane Stuart-Smith (University of Glasgow)
  • ESRC funded research into the role of cognition and speech in older adults’ communication patterns (PhD student: Laura Manderson; with Dr Louise Brown Nicholls and Prof Anja Lowit, University of Strathclyde)

Publications

Examining the impact of dysarthria on communicative participation in Pakistani culture
Shahid Nameeka, Lowit Anja, Kuschmann Anja
8th International Conference on Speech Motor Control (2022)
A co-creation centre for accessible rehabilitation technology
Kerr Andy, Grealy Madeleine Ann, Kuschmann Anja, Rutherford Rosie, Rowe Philip
Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences: Translational Research in Rehabilitation Vol 2 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.3389/fresc.2021.820929
Exploring the impact of dysarthria in the Pakistani cultural context
Shahid Nameeka, Lowit Anja, Kuschmann Anja
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference (2021)
ICAP-lite - A student led intensive aphasia programme using telehealth
Dougan Jemma, Egan Aisling, Hay Elsie, McCarney Sinéad, Kuschmann Anja
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference (2021)
The impact of dysarthria on communicative participation in Pakistani cultural context
Shahid N, Lowit A, Kuschmann A
18th Biennial Conference of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association (2021)
Question or Statement – what did you hear? Perceptual evaluation of the question-statement contrast in children with dysarthria and cerebral palsy
Kuschmann Anja
18th Biennial Conference of the International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association (2021)

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Teaching

I teach on the BSc Hons Speech and Language Pathology undergraduate programme and supervise MPhil and PhD students.

My undergraduate teaching covers the following areas:

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Neurology and Paediatrics (Module lead)
  • Childhood Dysarthria – Assessment and Intervention
  • Multilingualism
  • Research Investigation (module lead)

Research interests

My research focuses on motor speech disorders in children and adults. 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.

While my main focus is on describing patterns of disordered speech, I am also interested in exploring speech processes in typical speech across the life span, with a particular focus on determining variability in typical speech patterns and what these can tell us about disordered speech.

PhD and MPhil students

  • 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.

 

Professional activities

Improving speech in children with dysarthria: clinical and non-clinical perspectives
Speaker
30/9/2022
PhD external examiner
Examiner
9/2022
Engage 2022: A Speech and Language Therapy Conversation on Research and Clinical Practice
Speaker
13/5/2022
Prosodic abilities in children with cerebral palsy and dysarthria
Speaker
1/2022
Speech Prosody (Event)
Peer reviewer
1/2020
Sprache Stimme Gehoer (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2020

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Projects

Variability in child speech (VariCS)
Kuschmann, Anja (Principal Investigator) Barry, Sarah (Co-investigator) Cleland, Joanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Ageing and communication: Understanding the roles of cognition, speech production, and social participation
Brown Nicholls, Louise (Principal Investigator) Kuschmann, Anja (Co-investigator)
SGSSS ESRC studentship
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2024
Phonetic markers of sentence stress in people with speech disorders
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator) Kuschmann, Anja (Co-investigator)
Phonetic markers of sentence stress in people with speech disorders
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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