Dr Lindsay Pennington
Senior Lecturer

  • Email: lindsay.pennington@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1360
  • Address: Institute of Health and Society
    Newcastle University
    Sir James Spence Institute
    Royal Victoria Infirmary
    Queen Victoria Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 4LP


I am a senior lecturer and a speech and language therapist. With Professor Louise Robinson I co-lead the Lifecourse, Development, and Ageing Research Theme in the Institute of Health & Society. My research focusses on causes and prevalence of oromotor and communication disorders in childhood neurodisability, the impact of these disorders on young people's health and well-being and the effectiveness and acceptability of speech and language therapy interventions.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Co-leader Institute of Health & Society Lifecourse, Development, and Ageing Research Theme
  • Institute of Health & Society Post Graduate Student Coordinator
  • President of European Academy of Childhood Disability 2012-2013
  • European Acdemy of Childhood Disability General Management Committee member
  • Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe Steering Committee member
  • Speech and Language therapy convenor of the North of England Collaborative Cerebral Palsy Surve
  • Editorial Board Member Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
  • Editorial Board Member Child: Care, Health and Development
  • Newcastle University Faculty of medical Sciences Ethics Committee member


BSc Speech Sciences, 1987, University College London

MSc Human Communication, 1992, Institute of Neurology, University of London

PhD  Human Comunication, 1997, University College London 


Previous positions

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellow, Newcastle Univeristy, 2008-2012 

Department of Health / The Health Foundation Primary Care Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Newcastle University, 2002-2006 

Research Speech and Language Therapist, Department of Speech, Newcastle University, 2001- 2002

Research Fellow, Human Communication and Deafness Group, University of Manchester, 2000-2001

Senior Lecturer in Evidence Based Practice, University of Central Lancashire, 1988-2000

Research Speech and Language Therapist, Institute of Child Health, London, 1990-1996 

Speech and Language Therapist, Scope, Waltham Forest Health Authority, Southport and Formby Health Authority, 1987-1990  


Honours and Awards

NIHR Career Development Fellowship

Department of Health / Health Foundation Primary Care Post Doctoral Research Fellow 


Research Interests

  1. The development of communication by children and young people with motor disorders.
  2. The impact of communication disorder in neurodisability on heath and wellbeing 
  3. Motor speech disorders in childhood
  4. Clinical effectiveness of speech and language therapy interventions for young people with motor disorders.
  5. Acceptability of speech and language therapy interventions for young people with motor disorders.
  6. Literacy difficulties of people with cerebral palsy.
  7. Participation and quality of life of people with cerebral palsy.

Research Roles

I am principal investigator on a number of projects 


Postgraduate Supervision

I currently supervise four postgraduate students 


Esteem Indicators

Invited lectures: Novita Children's Services, Adelaide, Australia, April 2004; Vilnius, Lithuania, November 2007; Barcelona Val Hebron Hospital, November 2008; Melbourne University, February 2009; 1st Turkish National Cerebral Palsy Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, September, 2009; 3rd Turkish National Cerebral Palsy Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, Novemeber, 2010; European Paediatric Neurological Society, Cavtat, Croatia, 2011

Child: Care, Health and Development, member of Editorial Board

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, member of Editorial Board
Cochrane Collaboration Movement Disorders Review Group, member
European Academy of Childhood Disability, member of General Management Committee, President 2013



Selected current and recently completed funded projects

Pennington L, Olivier P, Balaam M, Basu A. (2015-2016) Participatory design of smart phone technology to support speech therapy for very young children with cerebral palsy. Sparks.       £83109

Pennington L, Smith J, Balaam M, Brittain K, Robson S, Steen N, Vale L. (2014-2016) FIDELITY: Feasibility of Internet DELivery of Intensive TherapY for children with motor speech disorders and cerebral palsy. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme  £263,971

Pennington L, Pearce M, Welsher G (2013-2016) The communication development of children with motor disorders.  The Children's Foundation. £19283

Parr J, Colver A, Pennington L, Steen N (2012-2015) Trial of effectiveness of glycopyronium vs Hyoscine for treatment of excessive salivation in chidlren with neurodisability. WellChild. £57,565; The Castang Foundation £60000, The Children's Foundation £21000, and the British Academy of Childhood Disability £25000


Sellers D, Pountney T, Mandy A, Hankins M, Pennington L, Morris C, Parker K (2010-2013) To Develop a Functional Classification System of Eating and Drinking Abilities for Children and Young People with Cerebral Palsy. NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme £163,116



Undergraduate teaching

BSc and MSc Speech and Language Sciences: childhood motor speech disorder

Speech and Language Sciences Dissertations