Maggie Cooper is Head of the Department of Linguistics and Communication Sciences, and Programme Lead for the BSc Speech and Language Therapy.
Following a varied career as a speech and language therapy practitioner, researcher and manager Maggie began her academic career in 1996 as a psychology Research Officer, and in 2000 joined the academic staff at UCP Marjon on the pre-registration speech and language therapy programme She went on to become Programme Lead and Head of Department, and from 2004-7 held the position of Dean of the School of Health. Maggie holds a number of positions on national committees including Chair of the Committee of Representatives of Education in Speech and Language Therapy (CREST) and a member of the Consortium Steering Group for the Department of Health funded Healthy Child Programme (e learning for Health). She currently holds external examiner positions for the MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies, University of Sheffield. and the BSc Speech Sciences, University College London. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of UCP Marjon.
Maggie’s primary research area is in the field of language delay, and hard to access communities, and much of her early research was funded by a 5 year award from the South West Deprivation Initiative. This work led to Maggie’s involvement in the emergence of the Sure Start initiative, as co-author of a successful bid to become one of the thirteen national trailblazer projects, one of the largest successful bids in the country. She went on to hold a position as Executive Director of a local Sure Start programme until 2004. Other research interests have included studies into the use of digital kymography in adolescents with profound hearing loss, and an evaluation of computerized feedback in speech and language therapy practice.