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Personal Statement

A research assistant on the Variation in Child Speech (VariCS) project with Dr. Anja Kuschmann. 

After completing a BA honours in Psychology, I developed an interest in linguistics and chose to complete my Masters in Linguistics from Utrecht University, Netherlands. My Masters project focused on investigating speech rhythm in a motor speech disorder called dysarthria. 

My doctorate with Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, aims to isolate acoustic markers in hypokinetic dysarthria associated with Parkinson’s disease and track them across two time points in one year. These markers may act as indicators for Parkinson’s motor symptoms progression. Acoustic analysis is chosen as the method of investigation to provide a more quantifiable way of looking at speech production by isolating specific patterns in the speech signal. 

I have previously worked as a research assistant on the Innovation Fellowship, focused on the development of ultrasound as a new clinical assessment tool of swallowing function.  

I have a keen interest in phonetics, speech production in speech and communication disorders (with a particular interest in articulatory problems in speech), and in speech variability. I also have an interest in engaging in research that could combine speech research and speech technology, or machine learning to strengthen diagnosis and intervention of speech and language disorders.