Professor Anja Lowit

Speech and Language Therapy

Personal statement

I have been a member of the Speech and Language Therapy team at Strathclyde University since 1996 and have been actively involved in research and teaching in this area. I also currently hold the position of Vice-Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences where my role is to support colleagues in achieving greater success in research funding applications, academic publications and knowledge exchange activities.  

My own research involves the development of new clinical techniques on the basis of advances in the theoretical field. In addition to contributing to development of analysis methodologies in clinical research, my work furthermore focuses on questions that have direct impact on patient management and wellbeing.

In addition, my teaching includes clinical linguistics, where I strive to make complex linguistic theories accessible to students, and more importantly, to highlight the links between these and clinical practice.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    • Communication disorders
    • Acoustic speech analysis
    • Prosody
    • Motor speech disorders

Publications

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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2016.1216601
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)
Patient expectation of a voice clinic consultation : development of the ACaPELa questionnaire by assessment of four hundred and fifty-five patients
Crosbie R., McKendrick M., Corson S., Lowit A., Mackenzie K.
Clinical Otolaryngology, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coa.12593

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Teaching

I am responsible for the clinical linguistics curriculum for the BSc in Speech and Language Pathology. My teaching includes pragmatics, semantics, grammar, bilingualism and instrumental speech analysis. I also contribute to a variety of clinical modules and supervises students on clinical placement.

Current and past external educational responsibilities include various external examiner positions, currently with Manchester University, 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, including autism, 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

Comité Permanent de Liaison des Orthophonistes / Logopèdes de l'Union Européenne (CPLOL) (External organisation)
Chair
2009
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (External organisation)
Member
2008
CPD workshops and presentations to speech and language therapists on motor speech disorders and research design
Participant
2002

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Projects

Effectiveness of LSVT in improving communication in people with hereditary ataxia
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Mar-2019
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
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | Barbour, Alexander Stephen
Lakany, Heba (Principal Investigator) Lowit, Anja (Co-investigator) Barbour, Alexander Stephen (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 01-Oct-2016
Maxwell Bequest DTC Studentship
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jun-2019
An Evaluation of the Clinical Effectiveness of Voice Prostheses in Laryngectomy Patients
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2014 - 10-Aug-2014
Evaluation of a new service delivery model for the joint voice clinic
Lowit, Anja (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2014 - 21-Apr-2014

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Address

Speech and Language Therapy
Lord Hope Building

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