Dr Julie Morris
Reader in Speech & Lang Sciences
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Newcastle upon Tyne
I am a Senior Lecturer and Head of Speech and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. I work with a vibrant and passionate group of colleagues, with a dual focus on excellence in teaching and research, contributing to improved outcomes for people with communication difficulties.
My particular area of interest is acquired communication difficulties and, in particular, aphasia. I am part of the Tavistock Aphasia Centre (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/aphasia/), a centre of excellence for aphasia teaching and provision. This interest in aphasia is reflected in my research and in my teaching.
Research focuses on comprehension, particularly reading (with a recent project grant from the Stroke Association) and word retrieval, with a funded project completed looking at intervention (NIHR funded project: SemaFoRe: Semantic Feature and Repetition Therapy in aphasia: a pilot RCT). These research themes link to current PhD supervision, with students via the IDEALAB programme conducting studies in these areas. I welcome interest from other potential PhD students who have an interest in profiling and treatment of aphasia, particularly word retrieval and comprehension.
I am a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, graduating from City University in 1990 and completing my DPhil in Psychology York University in 1997. I have held a variety of clinical, research and lecturing posts, specialising in adult acquired aphasia. My doctorial work focused on word deafness and the evaluation of its treatment, working with Andy Ellis and Sue Franklin. Previously I was involved in the PATSy project, an Internet based teaching and research resource (www.patsy.ac.uk). Using this resource I was part of a large multi-centre ESRC TRLP project examining the role of vicarious learning in clinical education.
My research interests relate to aphasia, particularly the processes involved in understanding language, across both spoken and written modalities. How is this affected in aphasia, and what does this mean for models of language processing? What are the most effective ways of working with people with aphasia who have problems of comprehension? This spans auditory, written word, and semantic processing.
My research in aphasia draws on a range of theoretical models, including models of single word processing, sentence processing and text/discourse processing but also includes application of social type models. We need to understand the underlying linguistic impairment but, in designing and evaluating treatments, need to consider the impact for the individual in their everyday life. Relating our understanding of linguistic impairment to the person’s real life is a current challenge in aphasia, and one that my research strives to contribute to. In evaluating the efficacy of therapy, there is a challenge of measurement. How do we best measure impact for the individual?
In taking my research forward, people with aphasia are at the centre of this. The research needs to have an impact for the individual, but the wider aphasia community needs to be involved further. This is achieved in several ways, including via consultation and evaluation of services (Aphasia Centre), via involvement with people with aphasia in NETA (North East Trust for Aphasia), a local charity, and via the Aphasia Research User Group (ARUG).
My aim is that my research will contribute to the knowledge base for Speech and Language Therapists working with people with aphasia, as well as to academics, in terms of informing on language processing. My research aims to directly impact on the quality of service and treatment of people with aphasia.
Speech and Language Sciences has a deservedly excellent reputation for its teaching and learning. In my role as Head of Section, I lead the team, working with a fantastic group of colleagues to deliver this excellence and to continue to innovate in our teaching.
I am module leader for our Advanced Aphasiology (BScIV) module and across the BScII and MScI case based learning module, with a particular focus of my teaching on spoken word production. I am also involved in learning and teaching of clinical education, supervising students within the Aphasia Centre each year.
I am Chair of Board of Studies and of Strategy group (curriculum review). I attend both our BSc and MSc Student Staff Committees, allowing close dialogue with the student groups. I Chair SPEC, which is a regional consultation group with SLT managers, reviewing and monitoring the programmes and a key engagement activity, underpinning the section's strengths. I lead on discussions and negotiations with Health Education England: North East who commission our pre-registration programmes.
- Menger F, Morris J, Salis C. Internet Use in Aphasia: A Case Study Viewed Through the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health. Topics in Language Disorders 2017, 37(1), 6-24.
- Menger F, Morris J, Salis C. Aphasia in an Internet Age: Wider Perspectives on Digital Inclusion. Aphasiology 2016, 30(2-3), 112-132.
- 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, Morris J. Acquired aphasia. In: Cummings, L, ed. Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp.436-456.
- 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.
- Morris J, Franklin S. Disorders of Auditory Comprehension. In: Papathanasiou, I., Coppens, P., Potagas, C, ed. Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders. Burlington, MA, USA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013, pp.113-130.
- 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.
- Morris J, Franklin S. Investigating the effect of a semantic therapy on comprehension in aphasia. Aphasiology 2012, 26(12), 1461-1480.
- Morris J, Franklin S, Menger F, GD. Returning to work with aphasia: A case study. Aphasiology 2011, 25(8), 890-907.
- 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, 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.
- Howarth B, Hoben K, Morris J, Varley R, Lee J, Cox R. Investigating speech therapists' clinical reasoning: analysing think-aloud protocols and integrating multiple-source data. In: 11th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research in Learning & Instruction (EARLI). 2005, Nicosia, Cyprus.
- Cox R, Hoben K, Howarth B, Lee J, Morris J, Pang J, Rabold S, Varley R. Clinical reasoning skill acquisition: Identifying learning issues and developing vicarious learning resources. In: ESRC TLRP Conference. 2004, Cardiff, UK.
- Howarth B, Hoben K, Morris J, Varley R, Lee J, Cox R. Investigating students' clinical reasoning: The development of methodologies for analysing think-aloud protocols and integrating multilple-source data. In: ESRC TLRP Conference. 2004, Cardiff, UK.
- Morris J, Howard D, Kennedy S. The value of therapy: what counts?. In: J Duchan;SC Byng, ed. Challenging Aphasia Therapies : Broadening the Discourse and Extending the Boundaries. Hove: Psychology Press, 2004, pp.134-157.
- Morris J, Howard D, Kennedy S. The value of therapy: What counts?. In: Duchan, JF; Byng, S, ed. Challenging Aphasia Therapies: Broadening the discourse and extending the boundaries. Hove: Psychology Press, 2004, pp.134-157.
- Graham F, Morris J. Return to Work: Issues facing the client and the therapist. "I want a vanilla life". In: British Aphasiology Society Therapy Symposium. 2002, Swanwick, Derbyshire, UK.
- Ellis AW, Lambon Ralph MA, Morris J, Hunter A. Surface dyslexia: description, treatment, and interpretation. In: Funnell, E, ed. Case Studies in Neuropsychology of Reading. Hove: Psychology Press, 2000, pp.85-122.
- Lum C, Cox R, Kilgour J, Morris J. PATSy: a multimedia distributed web-based resource for aphasiologists in research and education. Aphasiology 1999, 13(7), 573-579.
- Morris J. Remediating auditory processing deficits in adults with aphasia. In: Chiat, S; Law, J; Marshall, J, ed. Language Disorders in Children and Adults: Psycholinguistic Approaches to Therapy. London: Whurr, 1997, pp.42-63.
- Franklin S, Turner J, Ralph MAL, Morris J, Bailey PJ. A distinctive case of word meaning deafness?. Cognitive Neuropsychology 1996, 13(8), 1139-1162.
- Morris J, Franklin S, Ellis AW, Turner JE. Remediating a speech perception deficit in an aphasic patient. Aphasiology 1996, 10(2), 137-158.
- Morris J, Franklin S. Aphasia: Assessment and Remediation of a Speech Discrimination Deficit. In: Perkins, M; Howard, S, ed. Assessment and Remediation of a Speech Discrimination Deficit. London: Whurr, 1995, pp.245-270.
- Franklin S, Morris J, Turner J. Dissociations in word deafness. In: International Conference on Spoken Language Processing. 1994, Yokohama, Japan.
- Franklin S, Turner J, Morris J. Word meaning deafness: Effects of word type. In: International Conference on Spoken Language Processing. 1994, Yokohama, Japan.