2016 Doctorate of Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University,UK
Thesis title: ‘A longitudinal study of the language and memory profiles of children with hearing impairment who exhibit language learning difficulties’
1991 M.A. In Speech-Language Pathology, The University of Akron, Ohio, USA
I am an American trained speech & language therapist, bringing more than 25 years of clinical experience to my teaching. I have specialised in working with children and adolescents who are hearing aid or cochlear implant users for more than two decades.
I am Clinical Placements Co-ordinator for Year 3 of the BSc Speech Therapy Course.
I am module leader for the following units on the undergraduate BSc Speech Therapy course: Applications of Clinical Theory 1 and Clinical Education 3. I also teach on Foundations of Communication 1 & 2, Applications of Clinical Theory 2, Clinical Education 2 and Applications of Clinical Theory 3.
I am Clinical Placements Co-ordinator for the MSc in Speech Therapy course.
I am also module leader for the Professional Competency in Speech and Language Therapy unit on the MSc in Speech Therapy course. I teach on this unit, as well as the Clinical Theory 2 and 3 units
My main areas of interest are:
S. Willis, J. Goldbart, J. Stansfield (2014). The strengths and weaknesses in verbal short-term memory and visual working memory in children with hearing impairment and additional language learning difficulties. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 78(7), pp.1107-1114.
Willis, S. Goldbart, J., & Stansfield, J. (2011) Hearing Impaired children with language learning difficulties: their strengths and weaknesses with phonological and visual working memory. Paper presented at the 10th European Symposium on Paediatric Cochlear Implantation, Athens, Greece
I provide specialist assessment and therapeutic input for children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing who are struggling to develop spoken language. I model therapeutic techniques and develop programmes of support with their local speech and language therapist and teacher of the hearing-impaired.
I provide specialist assessments and educational reports for Educational Tribunals for primary and high school aged pupils who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing