After graduating as a Speech and Language Therapist, Julia worked in Plymouth with children with speech, language and communication difficulties. She spent some time working with a local Sure Start project supporting pre-school children and their families before becoming a specialist in specific language impairment and working in a Language Support Centre attached to a primary school.
In 2005 Julia moved into Higher Education and is a senior lecturer in paediatric communication disorders on the BSc Speech and Language Therapy programme at UCP Marjon. As Paediatric Lead for the BSc SLT programme, she has an overview of the teaching of the paediatric content of the programme. Julia lectures in paediatric communication disorders, clinical linguistics and phonology, and professional studies.
As a clinician Julia worked as a specialist with pre-school children with speech, language and communication needs, particularly in areas of social deprivation, and also with Key Stage 1 children with specific language impairment. Previous research interests have focused on the effect of social deprivation on children’s language development and strategies to promote language through community based intervention.
Julia is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Education through Exeter University; her research focuses on the development of placement educators.
Julia is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists; the Health Professions Council and the British Association of Clinical Linguists.