Research Team

The core research team, based at City, University of London, is a multi-disciplinary combination of Human-Computer Interaction researchers, based at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCID), and Speech and Language Therapist researchers from the Division of Language and Communication Science.


Stephanie Wilson – Principal Investigator

Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie is a Professor of Human Computer Interaction and Co-Director of HCID. Her research focuses on digital technologies for healthcare inclusive interaction design and user experience.


Jane Marshall – Co-Investigator

Jane is a Professor in LCS. She is a qualified speech and language therapist, specialising in aphasia research. She has investigated numerous aspects of aphasia, including the nature of the language processing impairments, aphasia in bilingual language users and in users of sign language, and a range of treatment approaches.

 Abi Roper – Co-Investigator and Speech and Language Technologist

Abi Roper is an interdisciplinary researcher at City, with interests spanning speech and language therapy and HCI. She has worked as a researcher on three major trials of computer-based therapy for aphasia and apraxia of speech: GeST and EVA at City, University of London, and SWORD at the University of Sheffield.

Madeline Cruice – Co-Investigator

Madeline Cruice is a Senior Lecturer in LCS. She is a clinical researcher an qualified SLT, recognized internationally as a leader in quality of life and wellbeing in aphasia. Her current research focuses on accessible technology training to compensate for communication impairments in aphasia (CommuniCATE with Wilson and Marshall), and storytelling intervention in aphasia (LUNA).

Timothy Neate – Technology Researcher

Timothy Neate is a technology researcher. His role on the INCA project involves the design and creation of new technologies to allow people with aphasia better create and curate digital content.  His main research interests are human-computer interaction, media technology, tangibles and ubiquitous computing. For more information, see


Advisory Committee

Tess Lancashire

Tess may be aphasic, but she is never lost for words, She is a passionate advocate for people with aphasia,

She has worked with local authorities, very first self-help aphasia groups, research (PLORAS-UCL) and co-founder of SPLIT- one to one I.T. classes for people with aphasia (City University)

Tess inspires us all to think bigger and challenge our boundaries.

Cat Andrew

Cat Andrew is an artist with wide-ranging experience of teaching art to adults. She has delivered art and photography workshops for people made vulnerable through homelessness, mental health difficulties or substance mis-use at The Barons Court Project and The MaryleboneProject.


Faustina Hwang

Faustina Hwang joined the University of Reading in 2005. Her research interests are in designing technologies for older people and people with disabilities. Projects include designing tools for assessing nutrition, physical function, cognitive function and mental health; investigating strategies to promote and support adoption of assisted living technologies; and developing museum handling collections for and with people with disabilities.

Ernesto Priego

Ernesto Priego co-founded and coordinates the editorial work of The Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship, a pioneering open access academic rapid publication project. He specialises in online publishing for impact and widening participation and in the qualitative analysis of scholarly networks and academic article-level metrics. He is based at City, University London where he serves as a Lecturer in HCI Design.


Brian Grellmann

Brian is an ex-MSc HCID student at City, University of London. For his MSc project, he conducted user testing of social media tools with people with aphasia. He now works as a Senior UX Researcher at Aviva.


Rosemary Townsend

Rosemary is Chief Executive of Dyscover and an experienced community speech and language therapist. Dyscover is a small charity founded in 1994 that runs 8 therapist-led support groups and a range of training courses for people with aphasia, family members and professionals. Dyscover serves a growing membership in Surrey and South London.


Garry Jopling

The Stroke Association is the leading UK stroke charity. Their wide-ranging Life after Stroke services include over 190 Communication Support Groups for people with aphasia, located across the UK. Their highly successful campaigns, such as FAST, have transformed UK stroke provision. Garry is the Head of Stroke Support for the South, as well as having personal experience of the challenges of stroke recovery following his mother’s stroke whilst he was a teenager and then his own stroke 10 years ago.