Professor Anja Lowit

Speech and Language Therapy

Personal statement

After completing BA(Hons) in Linguistics and Language Pathology at Reading University and a PhD in Speech and Language Therapy at Newcastle University, I joined Strathclyde University in 1996 as a member of the Speech and Language Therapy team. My research primarily focuses on motor speech disorders, and I adopt a strong interdisciplinary approach to my work, collaborating with engineers, computer scientists, and psychologists as well as NHS practitioners from neurology, ENT and across the Allied Health Professions. My work focuses on questions that have direct impact on patient management and wellbeing, including the development of novel analysis approaches based on advances in the theoretical field, trialling of new clinical techniques, and development of telehealth systems.

In addition to my research and teaching work, I have held a number of leadership positions within the university, most recently Vice-Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2013 – 2017), and Deputy Associate Principal for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the University (2018 - 2022). I am also the Co-Director of the University's Centre for Sustainable Development. 

 

Qualifications

I trained as a speech and language therapist at Reading University (BA Hons in Linguistics and Language Pathology) and then moved to Newcastle upon Tyne to do my PhD on acoustic phonetic analysis in dysarthria. I practised briefly as a speech and language therapist in North Wales before moving to Strathclyde University in 1996.

Publications

The efficacy of acoustic-based articulatory phenotyping for characterizing and classifying four divergent neurodegenerative diseases using sequential motion rates
Rowe Hannah P, Gochyyev Perman, Lammert Adam C, Lowit Anja, Spencer Kristie A, Dickerson Bradford C, Berry James D, Green Jordan R
Journal of Neural Transmission Vol 129, pp. 1487-1511 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00702-022-02550-0
Clinical management guidelines for Friedreich ataxia : best practice in rare diseases
, Corben Louise A, Collins Veronica, Milne Sarah, Farmer Jennifer, Musheno Ann, Lynch David, Subramony Sub, Pandolfo Massimo, Schulz Jörg B, Lin Kim, Delatycki Martin B, Lowit Anja
Orphanet journal of rare diseases Vol 17 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1186/s13023-022-02568-3
Task-based profiles of language impairment and their relationship to cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease
Lowit Anja, Thies Tabea, Steffen Julia, Scheele Franziska, Roheger Mandy, Kalbe Elke, Barbe Michael
PLoS ONE Vol 17, pp. e0276218 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276218
ClearSpeechTogether : a rater blinded, single, controlled feasibility study of speech intervention for speakers with progressive ataxia
Lowit Anja, Cox Jessica, Loucas Melissa, Grassly Jennifer, Egan Aisling, van Brenk Frits, Hadjivassilliou Marios
The Cerebellum (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12311-022-01462-9
ClearSpeechTogether – an SLT/peer supported speech intervention model for people with progressive ataxias
Lowit Anja, Cox Jessica, Egan Aisling, Hadjivassiliou Marios
8th International Conference on Speech Motor Control (2022)
The efficacy of acoustic-based articulatory impairment phenotypes for characterizing and classifying divergent neurodegenerative diseases
Rowe Hannah, Gochyyev Perman, Lammert Adam, Lowit Anja, Spencer Kristie, Green Jordan
8th International Conference on Speech Motor Control (2022)

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Teaching

My teaching expertise covers clinical linguistics as well as SLT related topics for the BSc in Speech and Language Pathology. This includes pragmatics, semantics, grammar, bilingualism and instrumental speech analysis, motor speech and other adult acquired communication disorders.

Current and past external educational responsibilities include various external examiner positions, and being a member of course accreditation panels at international level. I have also held a number of visiting lecturer posts, such as in Malta or Portugal. I furthermore represented RCSLT in the Education committee of CPLOL (Comité Permanent de Liaison des Orthophonistes / Logopèdes de l'Union Européenne) from 2008 and held the position of Vice President of this committee from 2009 to 2011.

Research interests

My research mainly focuses on motor speech disorders. This includes the application of instrumental techniques to diagnosis and treatment, the investigation of prosodic difficulties and the evaluation of assessment and treatment techniques for these disorders.
Furthermore, I am interested in the nature of other speech problems, such as cleft palate speech, prosodic disturbances across a range of disorders, as well as the relationship between speech perception and production, and cognition and speech and language skills in degenerative disorders. Recent work also extends to evaluating outcome measures for speech and language therapy, as well as investigations of service delivery models.

Professional activities

Speech Therapy
Speaker
18/6/2022
COP26 Reflections
Participant
16/12/2021
Communication difficulties in hereditary ataxia – manifestations and treatment options
Speaker
12/11/2021
COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES: HOW CAN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY HELP?
Speaker
10/2021
Management of Speech Problems in Ataxic Dysarthria
Speaker
8/2021
Speech Therapy Workshop
Speaker
26/6/2021

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Projects

ClearSpeechTogether versus standard NHS speech intervention: A single, mixed method, rater blinded pilot randomised controlled trial for people living with MSA-C
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
A feasibility study of LSVT Artic to improve speech performance in people with progressive ataxia
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
A joint model of online SLT intervention and peer support to enhance communication effectiveness and participation in people with progressive ataxia
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2022
Mealtime Difficulties in Dementia - a carer perspective ( Aisling Egan)
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 10-Jan-2020
Effectiveness of LSVT in improving communication in people with hereditary ataxia
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2019
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

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