Wendy Cohen, PhD, PGCert, BSc HONS, MRCSLT


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Personal Statement

I have been working at Strathclyde since 2005.  Before then I held posts in the NHS and Academia as a Speech and Language Therapist and Research Fellow.

My job combines a mixture of teaching, research and external collaboration with colleagues in the NHS where I am an expert member of a NHS Research Ethics Committee.  

Currently I am the Professional Lead for the Speech and Language Therapy Subject Area.

Teaching Interests

The SLT programme at the University of Strathclyde is one of only two in Scotland, and one of the longest running programmes in the UK. SLTs have been formally educated in Glasgow since 1935 and the course is currently regarded in high esteem across the UK. This high esteem continues with high response rates in the National Student Survey.

I have several key teaching responsibilities including voice disorders in children, adolescents and adult, aligning closely with my research interests.  

From 2005 until 2016 I coordinated all aspects of the student's undergraduate practice placement programme, working closely with colleagues across Scotland.  This role required me to work closely with national systems including the Scottish Government, the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to ensure that our graduates are able to enter into the workplace with the required skills to work as speech and langauge therapists.

I have considerable external examining and external assessing experience including:

  • External examiner for BSc Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin.  October 2017 - current
  • Appointed external adviser for Sheffield University - BSc Hons Speech and Language Therapy Programme Revalidation – November 2017.
  • External examiner for BSc Hons Speech Pathology and Therapy, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 2013 – 2017
  • External adviser for Birmingham City University - BSc Hons Speech and Language Therapy Programme Revalidation - October 2016.
  • External assessor, Faculty Programme Panel, Manchester Metropolitan University (AKMI Metropolitan College, Athens).  May 2013

Research Interests

My research interests are aligned to University’s health and wellbeing strategy in the area of speech, language, voice and communication. 

Current projects focus on developing tools for assessing speech and voice difficulties in children. I also have an interest in supporting children for whom communication is difficult as a result of a medical condition such as cleft palate, Down’s syndrome or specific chromosomal syndromes such as 22q11 deletion syndrome and work closely with clinical colleagues at Glasgow Dental Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, where I also hold an Honorary position as Speech and Language Therapist in the Deparment of Ear, Nose and Throat.

My longest standing interests relate to a national collaboration investigating the genetic factors associated with language and communication difficulties.  My involvement in this (the SLI consortium) dates back to the design, collection and analysis of genetic and language performance data from a Scottish family cohort study. The SLI Consortium brought together key personnel from a series of cohort studies to increase the statistical strength of the data.  I led the design of the language assessment protocol and data gathering for the Scottish cohort. The data continues to be analysed as genetic analysis techniques are refined.  This is resulting in current collaborative publications which are attributed to key named authors and all members of the SLI Consortium who had principle involvement in the data gathering and early analysis.


Industrial Relevance

I work with an extensive external network of colleagues in the NHS and the professional body across Scotland and the UK in the education and development of staff supporting student placements.  This network includes:

  • National Health Service (Education for Scotland)
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • NHS GGC Maxwell Bequest Fund
  • West of Scotland Research Ethics Committee
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist - local and national

Academic / Professional qualifications

I currently hold several areas of responsibility within the University and externally:

University responsibilities:

  • School of Psychological Sciences and Health R&KE Committee
  • Professional Lead in Speech and Language Therapy (2016 - current)
  • Mentor STEP SFHEA Support Network (2017)
  • University Personal Development Planning Network (until 2016)
  • Responsible for leading negotiation of PPA for 8/10 health boards as listed above on behalf of SLT and NCPO programmes (until 2016)
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Board of Study member (2013 - 2016)

External and Professional responsibilities

  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (9502)
  • Registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (SL02551)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PR119602)
  • RCSLT Committee of Representatives of Education in Speech and Language Therapy (CREST) (2016 - current)
  • Secretary to CREST (2017 - 2018)
  • Chair of CREST (2018 - current)
  • Maxwell Bequest Committee (NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde) (2017 - current)
  • West of Scotland NHS Research Ethics Committee Member (WESROC4) (2017 - current)

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Speech disorders in children and adolescents
  • Voice disorders in children and adolescents
  • Communication disability in those with an associated genetic condition
  • Clinical Education and Professional Development

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Open University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Bachelor of Science, Queen Margaret University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

External positions

Honorary Speech and Language Therapist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill)


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