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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.
Expertise & Capabilities
- Communication disorders
- Acoustic speech analysis
- Motor speech disorders
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.
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.
Academic / Professional 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.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
Award Date: 1 Jan 1997
Bachelor of Arts, University of Reading
Award Date: 1 Jan 1991
- motor speech disorders
- outcome measurement
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1/04/22 → 31/03/23
The efficacy of acoustic-based articulatory phenotyping for characterizing and classifying four divergent neurodegenerative diseases using sequential motion ratesRowe, H. P., Gochyyev, P., Lammert, A. C., Lowit, A., Spencer, K. A., Dickerson, B. C., Berry, J. D. & Green, J. R., 31 Dec 2022, In: Journal of Neural Transmission. 129, 12, p. 1487-1511 25 p.
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Clinical Management Guidelines Writing Group, Corben, L. A., Collins, V., Milne, S., Farmer, J., Musheno, A., Lynch, D., Subramony, S., Pandolfo, M., Schulz, J. B., Lin, K., Delatycki, M. B. & Lowit, A., 12 Nov 2022, In: Orphanet journal of rare diseases. 17, 1, 25 p., 415.
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Lowit, A. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 7 Oct 2022
Greenfield, J. (Creator) & Lowit, A. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 22 Oct 2021
Tracy Morse (Organiser), Andrew Goudie (Participant), Michael Mehling (Participant), Francesco Sindico (Participant), Keith Bell (Participant), Aran Eales (Participant), Rebecca Ford (Participant), Astrid Werkmeister (Participant), Scott Strachan (Participant), Brian Garvey (Participant), Nicolas Kelly (Participant), Anja Lowit (Participant) & Jamie Stewart (Participant)16 Dec 2021
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