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Graham WilliamsonGraham Williamson

Dr Graham Williamson BSc MSc MEd PhD DMS is a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist with experience of the UK National Health Service, commercial sector and independent practice. He has worked extensively with people with learning disabilities and those with voice difficulties.

He set up the website Speech Therapy Information and Resources (www.speech-therapy-information-and-resources.com) in February 2009 to provide high quality information on many aspects of human communication, with particular emphasis on speech, language and communication needs and approaches to therapy.

He originally went to study speech therapy at City of Birmingham Polytechnic, gaining a BSc in Speech and Language Pathology and Therapeutics in 1985. Subsequently, he gained an MSc in Research Methods (1990) and an MEd in Communication and Literacy Studies (2004) from the Open University. He undertook his doctoral studies (1995) at University of Newcastle upon Tyne under the supervision of Prof. Lesley Milroy, utilising conversation analysis to investigate the talk of adults with learning difficulties.

Graham Williamson was the winner of the Northern Regional Health Authority Sir William Lee Research Prize in 1992 for his study entitled An Ethnography of Communication in an Adult Training Centre. In 2003 he was a winner of the Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation, having written a software program that assists in the perceptual assessment of voice difficulties in both adults and children, entitled Clinical Voice Evaluation (CVE2).

In addition, he edited Communication Issues, an online journal publishing occasional papers on human communication issues from 2003-2006.

He was a Regional Tutor within the School of Education, University of Birmingham for the post-graduate Distance Education Course in Speech and Language Difficulties from 1990-2009.

His interest is the promotion of the understanding of human communication among non-specialists.

Graham lives in the north-east of England with his wife Margaret, a university lecturer in Modern British History. Graham and Margaret have three children: Dan is a cancer geneticist and Kathryn a dentist; Adam died in 1990.

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