I grew up in Germany. After I studied Speech Therapy, Linguistics and Speech and Language Pathology in the Netherlands and in South Africa, I have been working as speech therapist, lecturer and research assistant in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. In my spare time, I get energized by doing Pilates and swimming. In order to relax, I enjoy reading modern and classical literature and doing Feldenkrais. Cultural activities (e.g. theatre plays and museums) are important sources of inspiration for me.
As a speech therapist, improving communication is among the most important goals of my research. Therefore, my research has a strong focus on the communicative abilities and disabilities of persons with aphasia (PWAs). Aphasia is a communication disorder, often caused by a stroke, which affects the production and comprehension of language and the ability to read or write. Because of these language difficulties, PWAs' ability to communicate with others is impeded immensely. The language deficits compromise PWAs' abilities to take part in conversations which has crucial consequences for social aspects of their life.
With my PhD project, I aim to gain a better understanding of the interactive organization of
Participation in conversations by persons with aphasia.
I explore this with empirical data collected from German face-to-face interactions of couples where one of the participants suffers from aphasia. The method used is Conversation Analysis. The data originate from a corpus stored in the data bank AphaDB provided by Prof. Dr. Auer (University of Freiburg, Germany) and Dr. Angelika Bauer (School of Speech and Language Therapy, Freiburg).
Speech therapy for persons with a developmental disability (fall 2010 and fall 2012)
Speech therapy and bilingualism (spring 2011 and spring 2012)