Lecturer
School of Clinical Therapies
1.41
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, School of Medicine and Health
Brookfield Health Sciences Building
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

T: 021 4901746
E: helen.kelly@ucc.ie

Dr. Helen Kelly is a speech and language therapist and is currently a lecturer in Speech and Hearing Sciences at University College Cork, Ireland. Her clinical experience and research interests focus on adults with acquired communication impairment, in particular, post-stroke aphasia, STM/WM difficulties post-stroke, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Dementia. Her doctoral research examined the ability of people with post-stroke aphasia to learn new vocabulary. Following completion of her PhD she achieved a post-doctoral Clinical Research Fellowship where she lead the Cochrane Review update- Speech and Language Therapy for Aphasia following Stroke. Research collaboration with Speakability and LTCAS involved the development of computer classes with aphasia accessible materials for people with aphasia. She is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Publications are also under McGrane (maiden name).

Research Interests

Post-Graduate Supervision (external to UCC):

Professional Doctorate - James Robertson - Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. 

                         

Research interests focus on the adult acquired communication impairment population. Specific interests include, STM/WM impairment and its impact on aphasia; harnessing brain plasticity potential through impairment based therapies; the ability of this population to demonstrate new learning and how this could impact on rehabilitation outcomes; functional therapies that encourage greater engagement in society through self-management.  

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Purchase of laptop for the eye-tracker device.Miscellaneous31-JUL-1331-JUL-14€6,000.00
HRB "SSS/2014/780 Amy Culloty - Dr Helen Kelly" - "An examination of the Irish (TILDA) and British (ELSA) longitudinal studies of ageing from a speech and language therapist perspective"Health Research Board03-JUN-1429-JUL-14€2,000.00
Short Term Science Mission (STSM) Grant: European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) - Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs) 2014Other: Not Listed€1,500.00
UCC Staff Travel Research Grant 2014Other: Not Listed€5,000.00
ERASMUS Staff Training Visit 2013ERASMUS€971.00
Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland (LTCAS): Use of computers to enhance the lives of those with aphasia 2009 - 2011Other: Not Listed€46,560.00
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: Self-feeding after Stroke 2009Other: Not Listed€1,000.00
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Consortium Training Scheme, University of Stirling: Test-retest reliability of the VARK profile of learning preferences tool 2007Other: Not Listed€10,000.00
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Consortium Training Scheme, University of Stirling: Clinical Research Fellowship (Stroke Programme) 2006 - 2008Other: Not Listed€70,018.00

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'Narrowing the digital divide-facilitating access to computer technology to enhance the lives of people with aphasia (in preparation-invited paper for 2015 Special Issue)'
Kelly, H., Law, J., Kennedy, F., Britton, H. & McGuire, G. (2015) 'Narrowing the digital divide-facilitating access to computer technology to enhance the lives of people with aphasia (in preparation-invited paper for 2015 Special Issue)'. Aphasiology, [Details]
(2014)'An exploratory study using eye-tracking to examine videofluoroscopy interpretation and inter-rater reliability by expert and novice Speech and Language Therapists (in preparation)'
Barrett, A. & Kelly, H. (2014) 'An exploratory study using eye-tracking to examine videofluoroscopy interpretation and inter-rater reliability by expert and novice Speech and Language Therapists (in preparation)'. Dysphagia, [Details]
(2014)'Assessment and treatment of short term working memory impairments in stroke aphasia'
Salis, C., Kelly, H. & Code, C. (2014) 'Assessment and treatment of short term working memory impairments in stroke aphasia'. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, [Details]
(2012)'Speech and language therapy for aphasia following stroke'
Brady, M. C, Kelly, H., Godwin, J. and Enderby,P. (2012) 'Speech and language therapy for aphasia following stroke'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2012)'Book Review'
Kelly, H. (2012) 'Book Review'. Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 19 :67-69 [Details]
(2010)'Speech and language therapy for aphasia following stroke'
Kelly, H; Brady, M; Enderby, P (2010) 'Speech and language therapy for aphasia following stroke'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Art. No,: CD000425. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000425.pub2 (5) [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2008)'New word learning in people with aphasia'
Kelly, H; Armstrong, L (2008) 'New word learning in people with aphasia'. Aphasiology, 23 (12):1398-1417 [Details]
(2007)'Optimising rehabilitation outcomes for aphasia following stroke through new learning'
McGrane, H (2007) 'Optimising rehabilitation outcomes for aphasia following stroke through new learning'. Cerebrovascular diseases (Basel, Switzerland), 23 (suppl 2):128-128 [Details]
(2007)'Speech and Language Therapy for aphasia following stroke - a Cochrane review update'
McGrane, H. (2007) 'Speech and Language Therapy for aphasia following stroke - a Cochrane review update'. Cerebrovascular diseases (Basel, Switzerland), 23 (suppl2):34-34 [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2012)'Communication Disorders'
Kelly, H., McBean, D. and van Wijck, F. (2012) 'Communication Disorders' In: Applied Neurosciences for the Allied Health Professions. UK: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. [Details]
(2012)'Other disorders associated with neurological conditions: fatigue, sleep disorders, incontinence and sexual dysfunction'
Chandler, B., McBean, D., Kelly, H. and van Wijck (2012) 'Other disorders associated with neurological conditions: fatigue, sleep disorders, incontinence and sexual dysfunction' In: Applied Neurosciences for the Allied Health Professions. UK: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2011)'Opinion: SIGN 118 overlooks new evidence on aphasia'
Brady, M; Mackenzie, C; Enderby, P; Whitworth, A; Kelly, H; Sellars, C (2011) 'Opinion: SIGN 118 overlooks new evidence on aphasia' RCSLT Bulletin, (705) :11-11. [Details]
(2008)'The Maytor, the Shorpine and the Traigol'
McGrane, H; Armstrong, L (2008) 'The Maytor, the Shorpine and the Traigol' Speech and Language Therapy in Practice, (Summer) :8-10. [Details]
(2007)'Speech and Language Therapy for aphasia following stroke - Cochrane systematic review'
McGrane, H (2007) 'Speech and Language Therapy for aphasia following stroke - Cochrane systematic review' Speech and Language Therapy in Practice, (Summer) :16-16. [Details]
(2003)'Put a bit of 'SPPARC' into your caseload!'
Armstrong, L; Kelly, H (2003) 'Put a bit of 'SPPARC' into your caseload!' Speech and Language Therapy in Practice, (Summer) :8-10. [Details]
(2001)'Strength in Compromise'
McGrane, H; Stansfield, J (2001) 'Strength in Compromise' Speech and Language Therapy in Practice, (Autumn) :8-11. [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(2011)The Dysphagia Placement Workbook.
Cocks, N. & Harding, C. (2011) The Dysphagia Placement Workbook. Book Reviews [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

YearPublication
(2006)An investigation into the ability of adults with post-stroke aphasia to learn new vocabulary.
McGrane, H (2006) An investigation into the ability of adults with post-stroke aphasia to learn new vocabulary. Thesis/Dissertation Globe icon [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
British Aphasiology Society Committee member (Website Co-Ordinator)13-OCT-10 /
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists full member01-JUL-96 /

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2014)RCSLT Conference 2014, Mind the gap: Putting research into practice,
Brady, M., Kelly, H., Godwin, J. & Enderby, P. (2014) A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of speech and language therapy (SLT) for aphasia after stroke. [Oral Presentation], RCSLT Conference 2014, Mind the gap: Putting research into practice, University of Leeds , 17-SEP-14 - 18-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014)BAS Therapy Symposium,
Swain, S., Coughlan, N., Kelly, H., Hwang, F. & Salis, C. (2014) Assessing short-term memory with the matching listening span: Psychometric properties of a computerised version. [Poster Presentation], BAS Therapy Symposium, Birmingham City University , 04-SEP-14 - 05-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014)16th International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference,
Salis, C., Kelly, H. & Code, C. (2014) The role of short-term and working memory in the assessment and treatment of aphasia: a systematic review. [Poster Presentation], 16th International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, The Hague , 18-JUN-14 - 20-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013)IASLT Biennial Conference,
Kelly, H., Kennedy, N. (2013) All the world’s a stage. The use of actors in preparing speech and language therapy students for the real world: A realistic approach?. [Oral Presentation], IASLT Biennial Conference, Dublin , 18-APR-13 - 19-APR-13. [Details]
(2012)RCSLT - 'Driving transformation using evidence based practice',
Kelly, H., Kennedy, N. and McCarthy, O. (2012) The use of actors in practice education: a novel approach to preparing speech and language therapy students for clinical practice. [Invited Oral Presentation], RCSLT - 'Driving transformation using evidence based practice', Manchester , 11-SEP-12 - 12-SEP-12. [Details]
(2011)Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Paul Broca's identification of expressive aphasia (special seminar),
Kelly, H (2011) Broca's legacy: Commentary on presentation by Prof Chris Code - 'Tan' and his friends. The evolution of aphasic lexical speech automatisms to agrammatism and the evolution of human language. [Invited Oral Presentation], Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Paul Broca's identification of expressive aphasia (special seminar), University of Edinburgh , 28-APR-11 - 28-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)European Stroke Conference,
Brady, M; Kelly, H; Enderby, P (2011) Aphasia rehabilitation - a Cochrane systematic review update of the evidence for Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) compared with no SLT. [Oral Presentation], European Stroke Conference, Hamburg, Germany , 24-MAY-11 - 27-MAY-11. [Details]
(2011)British Aphasiology Society Research in Progress meeting,
Brady, M; Kelly, H; Enderby, P (2011) Speech and Language Therapy for Aphasia: Delivering evidence of effectiveness. [Oral Presentation], British Aphasiology Society Research in Progress meeting, NMAHP, Glasgow Caledonian University , 19-APR-11 - 19-APR-11. [Details]
(2011)UK Stroke Forum,
Brady, M; Kelly, H; Enderby, P (2011) Aphasia rehabilitation - a Cochrane Systematic Review of the evidence for Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) compared with no SLT. [Oral Presentation], UK Stroke Forum, SECC, Glasgow , 29-NOV-11 - 01-DEC-11. [Details]
(2011)British Aphasiology Society Conference,
Kelly, H; Law, J; McGuire, G (2011) The facilitation of social engagement and self-management through teaching computer skills to people with aphasia. [Oral Presentation], British Aphasiology Society Conference, University of Reading , 06-SEP-11 - 08-SEP-11. [Details]
(2010)The British Association of Clinical Linguists,
Clark, A; Kelly, H (2010) BACL Colloquium 2010. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The British Association of Clinical Linguists, Queen Margaret University , 11-JAN-10 - 12-JAN-10. [Details]
(2010)The British Association of Clinical Linguistics,
Clark, A; Kelly, H (2010) Teaching and supporting conversational and grammatical analysis skills in speech and language therapy students: current practices and future directions. [Oral Presentation], The British Association of Clinical Linguistics, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh , 11-JAN-10 - 12-JAN-10. [Details]
(2009)SLT Frontiers, RCSLT,
Kelly, H; Cameron, S; Scobbie, J (2009) Advancing Speech and Language Therapy through a Professional Doctorate. [Poster Presentation], SLT Frontiers, RCSLT, Perth, Scotland , 17-SEP-09 - 17-SEP-09. [Details]
(2007)European Stroke Conference,
McGrane, H; Brady, M; Enderby, P (2007) Speech and Language Therapy for aphasia following stroke - a Cochrane review update. [Oral Presentation], European Stroke Conference, Glasgow , 29-MAY-07 - 01-JUN-07. [Details]
(2007)British Aphasiology Society Bienniel International Conference,
McGrane, H; Brady, M; Enderby, P (2007) Evidence for Speech and Language Therapy for aphasia following stroke - a Cochrane review update. [Oral Presentation], British Aphasiology Society Bienniel International Conference, Edinburgh , 10-SEP-07 - 12-SEP-07. [Details]
(2007)European Stroke Conference,
McGrane, H (2007) Optimising rehabilitation outcomes for aphasia following stroke through new learning. [Poster Presentation], European Stroke Conference, Glasgow , 29-MAY-07 - 01-JUN-07. [Details]
(2007)World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics,
McGrane, H; Brady, M; Enderby,P (2007) Speech and Language Therapy for aphasia following stroke - a Cochrane review update. [Oral Presentation], World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Copenhagen , 05-AUG-07 - 09-AUG-07. [Details]
(2007)World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics,
McGrane, H (2007) Optimising rehabilitation outcomes for aphasia following stroke through new learning. [Oral Presentation], World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Copenhagen , 05-AUG-07 - 09-AUG-07. [Details]
(2007)British Aphasiology Society Bienniel International Conference,
McGrane, H (2007) Optimising rehabilitation outcomes for aphasia following stroke through new learning. [Poster Presentation], British Aphasiology Society Bienniel International Conference, Edinburgh , 10-SEP-07 - 12-SEP-07. [Details]
(2006)British Aphasiology Society Bienniel International Conference,
McGrane, H (2006) The rehabilitation of aphasia may involve new learning. [Oral Presentation], British Aphasiology Society Bienniel International Conference, Sheffield , 05-JUN-06 - 05-JUN-06. [Details]
(2003)British Aphasiology Society Bienniel International Conference,
McGrane, H (2003) Can aphasic adults learn new vocabulary?. [Oral Presentation], British Aphasiology Society Bienniel International Conference, Newcastle , 01-SEP-03 - 01-SEP-03. [Details]
(2002)British Aphasiology Society and British Neurological Society Autumn Meeting,
McGrane, H (2002) Can aphasics demonstrate new learning of novel word forms with novel meanings?. [Poster Presentation], British Aphasiology Society and British Neurological Society Autumn Meeting, University of York , 01-SEP-02 - 01-SEP-02. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
British Aphasiology Society Web-site Co-Ordinator2010 /
UCC Fitness to Practice Committee School of Clinical Therapies Representative2014 /
UCC Personal Academic Tutor Scheme School of Clinical Therapies Representative2011 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Speech and Hearing Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland Lecturer12-SEP-11 / 31-DEC-12
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland Lecturer in Speech and Hearing Sciences01-FEB-08 / 12-SEP-11
Fife NHS Trust Specialist Speech and Language Therapist01-SEP-03 / 01-SEP-06
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Profession (NMAHP) Research Unit, Stirling University Clinical Research Fellow01-SEP-06 / 01-SEP-08

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2011Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh MScModule NM233 Education in Action 2
2010Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh MScModule NM232 Education in Action 1
2006Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh PHDSpeech and Language Therapy
2005Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin CertificateManagement of Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Disorders
2003LSVT Foundation CertificateLee Silverman Voice Therapy
2000Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh BSc HonsSpeech and Language Pathology

Outreach Activities

 Description

Speakability (Edinburgh) 2011
-lead the research project "Using computers to enhance the lives of those with aphasia"
-developed computer training course for people with aphasia
-developed ‘aphasia accessible’ course materials and outcome measures to facilitate the evaluation of the success of the training.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Neuropsychologia Referee01-JAN-09 - 31-DEC-09
Journal Of Clinical Speech And Language Studies Referee01-JAN-11 -
Aphasiology Referee01-JAN-10 -
Clin Linguist Phonet Referee01-JAN-12 -
The Cochrane Collaboration (Group) Referee01-JAN-09 - 31-DEC-09
Int J Lang Comm Dis Referee01-JAN-12 -

Other Activities

 Description

PEER REVIEWS:
Dr. Helen Kelly has been involved in peer-reviewing the following UK Clinical Guidelines, UK Grant Applications, and Conference abstracts:

Conference abstract reviews:
- British Aphasiology Conferences, Therapy Symposia and Research Update meetings (2010 to date)
- ICPLA Conference (2012)

Grant application reviews:
- Parkinson's UK (2012)
- Medical Research Council, UK (2013)

Clinical Guidelines:
- Consultation and Peer reviewer for SIGN Guidelines for Management of Patients with Stroke (2010)
- Royal College of Physicians National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke 3rd edition


Scholarly activities within UCC:
- Organised a CPD workshop for SHS staff, final year students and SLT clinicians by Propeller on current rehabilitation software (February 2014)

- School representative for UCC College Tutoring, CoMH (2012)

- Set up and organises monthly Research Seminars for the School of Clinical Therapies (since April 2012)

- Set up and maintains the departmental Personal Academic Tutor system (since 2011)

- Selection committee member for the recruitment of the current Practice Education Co-ordinator (Oct 2013)

Jointly set up and maintains the departmental Facebook page providing up-to-date information on research relating to speech and language therapy for students, graduates and Speech & Language Therapists.

Scholarly activities outwith UCC:

-External Examiner for Dept Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

-External PhD Supervisor (2009-present)- James Roberts - Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh due to be awarded in 2015

- Co-applicant on COST Action proposal: Methods and decision support for education and employability of cognitively-challenged college students (2013)

- Republic of Ireland geographical link for the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT, UK) – Munster area.

Teaching Interests

Main teaching interest - Adult acquired communication impairments

Also teach - Dysphagia and Research Methods in Speech and Language Therapy  

Dr. Helen Kelly is year tutor for 3rd year BSc in Speech and Hearing Sciences
 

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2014Aoife Nic Charthaigh UCCMASTERSThe Orpington Prognostic Score as a Predictor of Functional Outcome Post-Stroke as Determined by the Modified Barthel Index

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree TypePrimary
Lisiecka Dominika Doctoral DegreeYes

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Language Sciences III SL3001Language Sciences III
2015Communication Disorders in Adults 1 SL3002Communication Disorders in Adults 1
2015Speech, Hearing and Swallowing Sciences III SL3003Speech, Hearing and Swallowing Sciences III
2015Communication Disorders in Adults II SL3006Communication Disorders in Adults II
2015Dysphagia SL4008Dysphagia
2015Introduction to Research Methods CT2001Introduction to Research Methods
2015Advanced Research Methods CT3001Advanced Research Methods
2015Advanced Research Methods CT3002Advanced Research Methods