Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Professor Nick Miller

Prof of Motor Speech Disorders

Research

Research Interests

Motor control (in particular, motor speech disorders and apraxia)
Psychosocial impact of (communication) disability in neurological illness
Bilingualism (in particular, neurolinguistic aspects)

Current Work

My main areas of research come under the general label of neurogenic speech disorders – i.e. disruptions to speech associated with neurological illness or damage to the brain from whatever cause – e.g. Parkinson’s disease, stroke, head injury, developmental conditions such as cerebral palsy.

I am interested in the changes to voice, speech and swallowing that arise as a result of neurological illness and the effects these changes have on the life of the person who has a neurological condition and the effects on their family and social life. I am interested in how to accurately describe changes and what methods there are to ameliorate and overcome the effects of living with a motor speech disorder.

Broadly speaking my work takes three perspectives:

1) A theoretical perspective: looking at data from the ways in which speech control changes in neurological conditions to tell us about how the brain plans and executes speech motor control and how this relates to language processing on the one hand and more general movement planning and control on the other.

2) An applied perspective: seeking ways in which theoretical constructs and advances and results from the first perspective can be gainfully applied to clinical assessment in neurological conditions and to rehabilitation of changes that affect the individual.

3) A social psychological perspective: looking at how voice and speech changes impact on the self concept and social life of the person with a motor speech disorder and on their family.

Here are some areas in which I have focused my work:

1) Communication changes in Parkinson's Disease.

2) Apraxia of speech

3) Foreign Accent syndrome

4) Cerebral palsy

5) Bilingual and cross language studies

Teaching

Nick Miller PhD, FRCSLT is the former programme director for the BSc honours in Speech Language Sciences and previously taught the following modules

Undergraduate Teaching

Main teaching areas: Undergraduate

Acquired motor speech disorders
Clinical neuropsychology
Research methods and statistics
Clinical training
BSc dissertation supervision

Postgraduate Teaching

Teaching Postgraduate:
Research methods
Motor speech disorders
Memory and cognition
Clinical case studies
Supervision of MSc, MPhil and PhD dissertations

Publications