School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Fiona Menger

Lecturer/Research Associate

Background

I am a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, graduating from the University of Reading with an MA in Language Pathology in 1998. My clinical specialism is acquired neurological disorders with a special interest in aphasia and acquired brain injury. I worked clinically for the NHS in Winchester, Newcastle, and North Tyneside for 14years before I was awarded a Stroke Association Research Fellowship and moved to Newcastle University to complete my PhD on supporting people with post-stroke aphasia to use the Internet. Since completing my PhD, I have worked as a Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University and a Lecturer in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

I currently hold two roles: Lecturer in Speech and Language Sciences in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences and Research Associate in the Population Health Sciences Institute.

Research

I am currently working on a project entitled "Understanding pathways to post-traumatic growth: informing intervention development in head and neck cancer survivors". This project was funded by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Joint Research Executive Scientific Committee and is led by Professor Linda Sharp and Dr Joanne Patterson

My PhD research focused on identifying barriers and facilitators to Internet use for people with aphasia (language and communication difficulties after stroke). I continue to develop this work and hope to build upon collaborative projects with Dr Julie Morris in the Department of Speech and Language Sciences and Dr Matthew Forshaw from Computing Science (both at Newcastle University) on the assessment of written language for people with aphasia.  

DAAWN (Digitised Assessment for Aphasia of Written Naming) was produced as part of a collaboration between Speech and Language Sciences and the Newcastle University Research Software Engineering Team. The software will be released as a free resource in late summer 2020.


Teaching

I find teaching hugely rewarding, and am passionate about inspiring the next generation of speech and language therapists to become evidence based practitioners and to champion our profession. I am involved in clinical supervision of Speech and Language Therapy students on placement within the Tavistock Aphasia Centre and teach on modules related to adult acquired neurological impairment. I also act as personal tutor to MSc students of Speech and Language Sciences.

Publications