Dr Janet Webster
Senior Lecturer, Director of Clinical Education
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Speech and Language Sciences
School of ECLS
King George VI Building
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am a Senior Lecturer and Director of Clinical Education within Speech and Language Sciences (SLS) at Newcastle University. I contribute to both teaching and research, with a particular focus on aphasia. As Director of Clinical Education, I oversee the clinical aspects of both the BSc and MSc pre-registration Speech and Language Therapy programmes, working closely with Helen Nazlie (Clinical Coordinator) who focuses on clinical placements. I am also the Senior Tutor for SLS.
I am a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, graduating from Newcastle in 1996 and going onto to complete my PhD with Sue Franklin and David Howard in 1999. I now work in the Tavistock Aphasia Centre (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/aphasia/), working with students to provide intensive and theoretically motivated intervention for people with aphasia. I also work alongside people with aphasia in my role as a trustee for the North East Trust for Aphasia (NETA: http://www.neta.org.uk/).
My research focuses on the assessment and treatment of the language difficulties within aphasia. Previous research has focused on the assessment and treatment of verb and sentence difficulties and this has more recently led to interest in multi-level therapies that combine work on word and sentence production within the context of everyday discourse. This work involves an international collaboration with Anne Whitworth and colleagues at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. With collaborators at Newcastle, current research is concentrating on reading comprehension difficulties in aphasia, with a recent project grant funded by the Stroke Association focused on the development of a clinical assessment of reading. Current and past PhD supervision focuses on these areas but also projects focused on aspects of normal language production. I welcome interest from other potential PhD students interested in aphasia, particularly those who want to explore the nature of the linguistic difficulties underpinning the production and comprehension of sentences and discourse/text.
My research focuses on the assessment and treatment of aphasia, with an aim of contributing to the evidence base for Speech and Language Therapists working with people with aphasia.
I am interested in the linguistic processes involved in the production and comprehension of sentences and discourse and how these processes are impaired in people with aphasia. However, within the context of therapy, it is crucial to understand the overall impact of the language difficulties for the individual and how our intervention influences their everyday communication. My research tries to address some of these issues. I have two current strands to my research, a strand focused on spoken production and a strand focused on reading comprehension.
Within the clinical setting, it can be difficult for therapists to access and use the evidence base to inform assessment and treatment. Within research, I am, therefore, also interested in producing clinically relevant assessments and theoretically motivated therapy resources.
As Director of Clinical Education, I am module leader for the Clinical and Professional Education modules across the BSc Speech & Language Sciences and MSc Language Pathology programmes. As part of these modules, I deliver clinical induction sessions, small group tutorials and work with students on an individual basis to develop their clinic skills and knowledge
I also supervise students when they work within the Tavistock Aphasia Centre as part of their campus clinic experience.
I contribute to the Case Based Problem Solving that underpins the teaching of speech and language pathology, with a specific focus on sentence processing difficulties in aphasia.
- Webster J, Morris J, Howard D, Garraffa M. Reading for meaning: What influences paragraph understanding in aphasia?. American Journal of Speech and Language Pathology 2017. In Press.
- Webster J, Whitworth A, Morris J. Is it time to stop "fishing"? A review of generalisation following aphasia intervention. Aphasiology 2015, 29(11), 1240-1264.
- Whitworth A, Webster J. Generalisation: exploring change across language levels. Aphasiology 2015, 29(11), 1235-1239.
- Whitworth A, Leitao S, Cartwright J, Webster J, Hankey G, Zach J, Howard D, Wolz V. NARNIA: a new twist to an old tale. A pilot RCT to evaluate a multilevel approach to improving discourse in aphasia. Aphasiology 2015, 29(11), 1345-1382.
- Whitworth A, Webster J, Howard D. Argument structure deficit in aphasia: it’s not all about verbs. Aphasiology 2015, 29(12), 1426-1447.
- Whitworth A, Claessen M, Leitao S, Webster J. Beyond narrative: Is there an implicit structure to the way in which adults organise their discourse?. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics 2015, 29(6), 455-481.
- Hilton R, Leenhouts S, Webster J, Morris J. Information, Support and Training Needs of Relatives of People with Aphasia: Evidence from the literature. Aphasiology 2014, 28(7), 797-822.
- Whitworth A, Webster J, Howard D. A Cognitive Neuropsychological Approach to Assessment and Intervention in Aphasia: A Clinician's Guide. London: Psychology Press, 2014.
- Whitworth A, Webster J, Morris J. Acquired aphasia. In: Cummings, L, ed. Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp.436-456.
- Webster J, Morris J, Connor C, Horner R, McCormac C, Potts A. Text level reading comprehension in aphasia: What do we know about therapy and what do we need to know?. Aphasiology 2013, 27(11), 1362-1380.
- Webster J, Whitworth A. Treating verbs in aphasia: Exploring the impact of therapy at the single word and sentence levels. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 2012, 47(6), 619-636.
- Whitworth A, Webster J, Howard D. Clinical aphasiology and CNP: A pragmatic alliance. Commentary on Laine and Martin, Cognitive neuropsychology has been, is, and will be significant to aphasiology. Aphasiology 2012, 26(11), 1386-1390.
- Webster J, Howard D. Assessment of agrammatic language. In: Bastiannse, R; Thompson, CK, ed. Perspectives on Agrammatism. London: Psychology Press, 2012.
- Connor C, Webster J. Can oral reading aid reading comprehension?. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie 2012, 17(s2), 131-133.
- Plant C, Webster J, Whitworth A. Category norm data and relationships with lexical frequency and typicality within verb semantic categories. Behavior Research Methods 2011, 43(2), 424-440.
- Webster JM, Gordon B. Contrasting therapy effects for verb and sentence processing difficulties: A discussion of what worked and why. Aphasiology 2009, 23(10), 1231-1251.
- Morris J, Webster J, Whitworth A, Howard D. Newcastle University Aphasia Therapy Resources: Auditory Processing. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2009.
- Webster J, Morris J, Whitworth A, Howard D. Newcastle University Aphasia Therapy Resources: Sentence Processing. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2009.
- Morris J, Webster J, Whitworth A, Howard D. Newcastle University Aphasia Therapy Resources: Written Comprehension. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2009.
- Webster J, Whitworth A. AL: Accessing the predicate argument structure. In: Byng, S; Pound, C; Duchan, JF, ed. The Aphasia Therapy File. Hove East Sussex: Psychology Press, 2007, pp.219-230.
- Webster J, Franklin S, Howard D. An analysis of thematic and phrasal structure in people with aphasia: What more can we learn from the story of Cinderella?. Journal of Neurolinguistics 2007, 20(5), 363-394.
- Webster J, Morris J, Franklin S. Effects of therapy targeted at verb retrieval and the realisation of the predicate argument structure: A case study. Aphasiology 2005, 19(8), 748-764.
- Webster J, Franklin S, Howard D. Investigating the sub-processes involved in the production of thematic structure: An analysis of four people with aphasia. Aphasiology 2004, 18(1), 47-68.
- Webster J, Franklin S, Howard D. An investigation of the interaction between thematic and phrasal structure in nonfluent agrammatic subjects. Brain and Language 2001, 78(2), 197-211.