Dr Janice MurrayReader in Community Rehabilitation

Do you need access to a communication technology resource or research in the fields of AAC and atyptical language acquisition?

Appointments and Awards

2013 - Runner up: Knowledge Exchange Faculty Award, Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care

2013 - Finalist – Staff Award 'Outstanding Research/Knowledge Exchange', Manchester Metropolitan University.

2012 - Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012 for "Emergence of working memory in children using aided communication"

2010 - Exemplary Researcher Award, Research Institute for Health and Social Change

2009-Present - Chair, Communication Matters, UK charity promoting awareness of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, affiliated to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)

2002-5 - Chair, School Governors, Lancasterian School - special school with specialist status in Communication and Language

Academic and Professional Activities - International


Member, International Advisory Committee, Rehab-Tech Asia, 2013 (Singapore)
Specialist advisor, Surveillance Cerebral Palsy Europe Partner, European project on working memory and aided communication (Sweden, Spain, Ireland)
Visiting lecturer, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata
Board member, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Canada
UK Partner, International project 'Becoming an Aided Communicator' (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Brazil)
Editor, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Bulletin publication, Canada
Council member, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Canada
Travelling lectureship, Erasmus fellowship, Netherlands and Germany

Academic and Professional Activities - National


Chair-elect, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Chair from 2014-2016)
Chair, Expert advisory network, Outcome measurement and Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication Matters
Advisor, Service provision (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) in Scotland, Scottish Government
Advisor, British Healthcare Traders Association (electronic Communication Aid Technology) - the service industry's regulatory body
Product advisor, Toby Churchill Ltd (communication aid manufacturer), Winners of the 2010 Queen's Award for Enterprise
Member, Communications Forum committee, Scotland
Member, Editorial Board, Communication Matters Quarterly Journal
Member, Expert advisory network, The Service Standards for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (endorsed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists)
Member, The Communication Trust Consortium
Member, Sub-group of Communication Council (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), Department for Education and Department of Health,
Member, HEI network for undergraduate speech and language therapy provision
Chair, Communication Matters - UK charity promoting awareness of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Specialist advisor, School of Computing research group, University of Dundee
Chair, ICON Centre development committee (unique teaching and research resource within a speech pathology programme) (UK wide committee membership), Manchester Metropolitan University
Trustee, Communication Matters - UK charity promoting awareness of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Member, Lothian Health Board Research and Development Committee

Projects and Grants Held

2013-2014 - Contract research: content management - £9,500 (www.AACknowledge.org.uk), Communication Matters (3rd sector charity)
Findings: enhancement of research evidence for field of AAC research and practice

2012-2013 - Contract research: a communication curriculum for the 21st century to support children with complex communication needs (Phase One)
Funding: Independent specialist school, Derbyshire - £15,000

2011-2012 - Awards for All - on-line training course, Communication Matters charity
Funding: Big Lottery - £12,500
Findings: stakeholder involvement in development of materials identified significant gaps in workforce knowledge. This led to the training content being refined and developed.

2010-2013 - Communication Matters: Research Matters: Partners with Communication Matters, Sheffield University, Barnsley PCT
Funding: Big Lottery - £4.7 million
Findings: award winning development of AACknowledge website, and online case study template.

2007-2012 - Becoming an Aided Communicator (16 countries)
Funding: RIHSC developing researcher fund & Communication Matters - £22,150
Findings: ground-breaking study, first of its kind to map language development through aided communication. This is acting as a key reference source to inform clinical decision making and intervention.

2007-2008 - The Communication Aids performance and Measurement study
Funding: The AAC Institute, Edinboro University, Pennsylvania - £6,000
Findings: monitoring the communication aid users' output (through an electronic logging system) provides misleading information on communication exchanges.

2007-2008 - The ICON centre: specialist research and teaching resource
Funding: Communication aid companies & MMU Business Development Fund - £115,000

2003-2006 - Developing a specialist AAC service
Funding: Manchester PCT - £35,000

2003-2004 - The AAC Log - a teaching pack for LSAs
Funding: Manchester LEA - Standards fund - £3,000

2001-2002 - The AAC Log - a tool to support transition
Funding: Nord Anglia Best Practice Research - £8,000

1987-1989 - Evaluation of the need for a specialist regional centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Fife ACCT)
Funding: DoH, DoE & Social Sevices - £150,000
Findings: Established core funding and service Scholarship & Communication Matters

Specialist Areas


Assessment, implementation and research in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication, atypical language acquisition, atypical literacy development and motor speech disorders

Research Interests


Language development and communication success through aided communication (AAC), AAC and literacy development; speech rating scales; memory and language processing

Professional Body Membership and Activity


RCSLT
HPC
Communication Matters (ISAAC UK)

Editorships and Consultancies


Editor of the ISAAC Bulletin, an international newsletter for Augmentative and Alternative Communication users, family members, researchers, educators and therapists.
Editorial Board, International Journal of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Scoping needs across an AHP service in the Scottish Borders following recent legislation.
Consultant (research) Paediatric Dysphagia, agreement with local school service

Reviewer for: AAC
Journal of Learning Disabilities
International Journal for Language and Communication Disorders
Journal of Child Language Teaching and Therapy
Journal of Assistive Technologies

Impact


Member of National Committee - Rebus symbols
Dysphagia Steering Committee - NWNHS
QAA reviewer
Member of international research group looking into "Aided Language Development" in children who use AAC. Led by Stephen von Tetzchner, Norway with members from Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, USA, Germany

Research Outputs

Authored Books

Murray, J & Cooper, C (2004) "The AAC Log, supporting effective educational transition: a practice manual" (two booklets: 25 pages, 10 pages), available through Manchester LEA

Chapters

Murray, J (2012) "Working Memory, Aided Communication and Cerebral Palsy", in Converging Clinical & Engineering Research on Neurorhabilitation, pp.899-903. Springer: Berlin

Smith M., Murray J. 2011. "Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices: The voices of adult users" in: J. Pereira (eds) Handbook of research on personal autonomy technologies and disability informatics. IGI Global, Baltimore, MD. pp.46-59
isbn: 978-1-605662-06-0 doi: 10.4018/978-1-60566-206-0.ch004

Smith M., Murray J., von Tetzchner S., Langan P. 2010. "A tale of transitions: The challenges of integrating speech synthesis in aided communication." in: J. Mullennix & S, Stern (eds) Computer synthesized speech technologies: Tools for aiding impairment. Medical Information Science Reference: IGI Global, New York. pp.234-256
isbn: 978-1-615207-25-1 doi: 10.4018/978-1-61520-725-1.ch015

Journal Articles

Hynan, A, Murray, J & Goldbart, J (2014) "'Happy and excited': perceptions of using digital technology and social media by young people who use augmentative and alternative communication", Child Language Teaching and Therapy
Published online 27 January 2014

Murray, J, Martin, A, Pennington, L, Marshall, J, Enderby, P, & Goldbart, J (2013) "A case study template to support experimental design in Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive technology", Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology

Pennington, L, Virella, D, Mjoen, T, da Graca Andrada, M & Murray, J (on behalf of Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe Network) (2013) "Development of The Viking Speech Scale to classify the speech of children with cerebral palsy", Research in Developmental Disabilities

Murray J., Goldbart J. 2011. "Emergence of working memory in children using aided communication" Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol.5 No.4, pp.214-232 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17004788&show=abstract

Smith M., Murray J. 2011. "Parachute Without a Ripcord: The Skydive of Communication Interaction" Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Vol.27 No.4, pp.292-303
issn: 1477-3848 doi: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/07434618.2011.630022

Murray J., Goldbart J. 2010. "Augmentative and Alternative Communication: A Review of Current Issues" Paediatrics and Child Health, vol.19 no.10, pp.464-468
issn: 1751-7222 doi: 10.1016/j.paed.2009.05.003

Murray J., Goldbart J. 2009. "Cognitive and Language Acquisition in Typical and Aided Language Learning: A Review of Recent Evidence from an Aided Communication Perspective" Child Language Teaching and Therapy, vol.25 no.1, pp.31-58
issn: 0265-6590 doi: 10.1177/0265659008098660

Murray J., Goldbart J. 2006. "What Evidence Do We Have for Best Practice? Typical and Aided Models of Language Development" Journal of Communication Matters, vol.20 no.3, pp.33-36

Conference Presentations

Matthews, A. & Murray, J. (2013) "'From the ground up': Person Centred Communication", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July

Murray, J (2012) "Outcome Measurement", invited speaker at Specialist Interest Group in AAC, Oxford, UK

Murray, J, (2011) "The impact of speech, language and communication therapy for children with cerebral palsy." Invited speaker at the Baby Lifeline Training - Cerebral Palsy - from conception to birth and beyond, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, 3rd & 4th May

Hartley, S, Murray, J, Pistorius, M & Suchowlanski, S (2011) "The User's User Guide to Good AAC Practice", Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Holmes, K, Murray, J, Beech, M & Martin, A (2011) "The AAC evidence base research project: developing access for all to knowledge about AAC", Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Murray, J & Martin, A, (2011) "Thinking in pictures, not words: What do you do?" Research Institute in Health and Social Change, seminar series, March, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Keynote speaker (2011): "Aspirations and Achievements: employment opportunities." Inaugural Conference: International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata, India

Murray, J & Smith, M M (2010) "Measuring Outcomes", Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Martin, A & Murray, J (2010) "It's never too late to learn: picture-think", Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Murray, J & Whittle, H (2010) "Where next? Aspirations and Achievements", Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Holmes, K, Judge, S & Murray, J (2010) "Communication Matters - Research Matters: An AAC evidence base", Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Smith, M M & Murray, J (2010) "Parachute without a ripcord: The skydive of communication interaction", Biennial International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Proceedings, Barcelona, Spain

Von Tetzchner, S, Almeida, M, Balandin, S, Batorowicz, B, Basil, C, Clendon, S, Deliberato, D, Jennische, M, Launonen, K, Mendes, E, Murray, J, Nunes, L, Oxley, J, Renner, G, Dahlgren, A, Smith, M, Soro-Camats, E, Soto, G, Tavares, L, van Balkom, H, Figueiredo, C, Wriedt, O (2010) "Becoming an Aided Communicator", Biennial International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Proceedings, Barcelona, Spain

Murray, J (2010) "Early literacy, language, learning and AAC", ESRC funded research series: Researching the use of assistive technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester, 3 November

Murray, J (2009) "The impact of speech, language and communication therapy for children with cerebral palsy." Invited speaker at the Baby Lifeline Training - Cerebral Palsy - from conception to birth and beyond (WINNER OF THE IRISH HEALTHCARE AWARD FOR BEST EDUCATION MEETING IN 2009. RCM ACCREDITED) Dublin, Ireland

Murray, J, (2008) "The use of language logging systems as a tool for analysing communication strategies in adults", Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Moulam, L & Murray, J (2008) "How could UK practitioners and researchers benefit from a central resource of currently published work on AAC", Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Hewson, T, Moulam, L, Scott, J & Murray, J (2008) "Leadership training in the Boardroom", Biennial International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Proceedings, Montreal, Canada

Massey, K & Murray, J (2007) "What is the incidence and prevalence of people with complex communication need? And, how does it relate to aided communication use?" Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Guest, R, Ridings, J, Snelson, P & Murray, J (2007) "Communication Aids Project: Is it too soon to tell?" Communication Matters Annual Conference, September, Leicester University, UK

Oxley, J & Murray, J (2006) "Semantic Associations in 3-6 year old children: Implications for Aided Communication (poster)", Biennial International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Proceedings, July, Dusseldorf, Germany

Murray, J & Goldbart, J (2004) "Linguistic Models Implicit in AAC Systems", Biennial International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Proceedings, Natal, Brazil

Murray, J & Bell, H (2004) "The Means, the Method and a Co-ordinator", Biennial International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Proceedings, Natal, Brazil

Goldbart J., Murray J. (2001) "Silent Voices" at: International Conference on AAC, Disability and Human Rights. Kolkata, India. pp.43-51

Murray, J (1998) "Working memory, inner speech and semantic absurdity: Assessment implications", Biennial ISAAC Conference Proceedings 'Putting the pieces together', Dublin, Ireland

Murray, J, (1995) "A pilot in investigation of articulatory coding in preschool children", Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment (AGOSCI) Conference Proceedings, Brisbane, Australia

Evidence of Commissions and Exhibitions

"Shining a Light on Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Executive summary" (2013), Communication Matters: Research Matters - An AAC evidence database
(document available: www.communicationmatters.org.uk)

Murray, J, Beech, M & Martin, A (2013) "Final report form MMU", Communication Matters: Research Matters - An AAC evidence database: Development of an AAC evidence base website & Development of a case study resource

Murray, J & Enderby, P (2012) "Communication Matters: Outcome Measurement Project (AAC)"
(document available: www.communicationmatters.org.uk)

Communication Matters (2011) "Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services: Quality Standard for Commissioners". Expert contributor to the contents (document available at www.communicationmatters.org.uk)

Pennington, L, Mjoen, T, da Graca Andrada, M & Murray, J (2010) "The Viking Speech Scale, Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe", copyright Pennington, Mjoen, da Graca Andrada & Murray (document soon to be available on SCPE website)

Murray, J & Davies, C (2009) "The Communication Aids Measurement and Performance: final research report", The AAC Institute, Edinboro University, Pennsylvania, USA

Spence, A, Murray, J & Kirkaldy, A (1989) "Fife Assessment Centre for Communication Technology - Final report". Submitted to the Fife Department of Education

Other Types of Output

Keynote speaker (2012) "House of Lords Event: Communication is everyone's right: A lobbying event in support of those with complex communication needs", Communication Matters & British Healthcare Traders Association, March. London, UK

Keynote speaker (2012): "Happy Anniversary - 25 years of specialist service provision for those with complex communication needs", Scottish Centre for Technology for the Communication Impaired. March, Glasgow, UK

Keynote speaker (2012): "Developing Outcome Measurement and Workforce Competencies in AAC", Signalong national conference, February, Brighouse, UK

Keynote speaker (2012): "Where next? National AAC specialist services meeting", Communication Matters, February, RCSLT, London

Murray, J, (2011) "Developing language and communication strategies through assistive technologies", Invited speaker at Toby Churchill Annual seminar series. (21st April 2011)
Booklet available from Toby Churchill Ltd

Murray, J & Smith, M M (2011) "Measuring Outcomes", Communication Matters Journal, April, pp.15-24

Keynote speaker (2011): "Communication Matters: especially when it is not just about Speaking", Signalong Scottish Regional Conference, Livingston, East Lothian, Scotland, UK

Invited speaker (2011): "Outcome Measurement", Specialist Interest Group in AAC, North West of England, UK

Key presenter (2011): "Language development and literacy through aided means", Study Day: Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata, India

Martin, A & Murray, J (2010) "It's never too late to learn: picture-think", Communication Matters Journal, April, pp.5-10

Murray, J, Clarke, M & Hazell, G (2010) "Augmentative and alternative communication in the classroom", SPECIAL magazine, pp.5-6

Keynote speaker (2010): "AAC applications", Belfast study day, organised by Communication Matters, UK

Invited speaker (2009): "What is AAC?" Presentation to the Communication Trust Consortium, London, UK

Invited contributor (2008): "Communication Matters Story Reading reception"; "Telling stories with AAC: a celebration of achievement", 10 Downing Street, London, UK

Invited speaker (2007): "Setting Goals and Measuring Targets", Study day, Beaumont Specialist College, Lancaster, UK

Murray, J, Goldbart, J & Smith, M M (2007) "Language and Literacy: Examining Theory and Evidence", Study day publication: Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, Fife, CALL Centre Scotland

Murray, J, Goldbart, J & Clarke, M (2007) "Language development in typical and aided language learning: recent evidence for AAC introduction and use", Communication Matters Study day publication, London

Murray, J & Goldbart, J (2006) "What evidence do we have for best practice? Thoughts from typical and aided models of language development", Communication Matters Annual Conference, 20 (3), 33-3

Invited speaker (2005): "Neonates presenting as disordered or dysfunctional feeders: Implications for long term community care", Specialist Interest Group - paediatric dysphagia, Lancashire, UK

Murray, J & Cooper, C (2002) "The AAC Log", Communication Matters Annual Symposium Proceedings, September, Lancaster University, UK

Stovold, K & Murray, J (2001) "The use of AAC as a means of supporting patient care in an acute setting", Communication Matters Journal, 15 (3), pp.30-32

Goldbart, J & Murray, J (2001) "AAC and Intervention: Going Round in Circles, 'Silent Voices'", An international conference on AAC, Disability and Human Rights, Kolkata, India, pp.43-51

Goldbart, J, Price, K, Murray, J & Clarke, M (2001) "AAC is not the last resort: panel debate", Communication Matters Annual Symposium Proceedings, September, Lancaster University, UK

Murray, J (2000) "An Investigation into developmental trends in speaking and nonspeaking children: AAC Implications", Communication Matters Journal, 14 (3) pp.30-33

Murray, J (1996) "Communicative Competence and AAC", British Psychological Society Conference Proceedings, London, UK

Murray, J (1996) "An investigation of articulatory coding in preschool children", Communication Matters Conference Proceedings, September, Lancaster University, UK

Murray, J (1993) "Whose linguistic competence is it anyway?" Augmentative Communication: Scotland, Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, Call Centre publication, Edinburgh, UK

Supervised Research Student Titles

Can we and should we teach social communication to those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders?

Does temperament predict rate of communication development?

Current Teaching Input


Motor speech disorders, impaired language development, memory development and atypical language acquisition, impaired communication, problem solving, clinical process, augmentative and alternative communication, cerebral palsy.

Other Responsibilities


ICON Centre Co-ordinator - (Communication and Speech Science Centre)
Janice Murray

Research Centre

Health, Rehabilitation and Psychology

Department

Health Professions Department
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 2472570

Fax: 0161 2476364

Email: j.murray@mmu.ac.uk