Dr Lucy Southby, BA (Hons), MSc, PG Cert. MRCSLT

Dr Lucy Southby, BA (Hons), MSc, PG Cert. MRCSLT

Senior Research Associate (BSLTRU)

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2005 with an MSc in Speech and Language Sciences from University College London. I have spent time working in different clinical settings in the UK and New Zealand including, acute hospital in-patient settings with both adults and children, a craniofacial unit and a child development centre. 

I have worked in cleft services in the UK and New Zealand and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Cleft Palate Studies at the University of Sheffield in 2011. My current clinical role is as Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for Cleft.NET.East, the regional cleft lip and palate service for the East of England based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, working three days a week. I am also a current member of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Clinical Research Network Children Early Career Researchers in Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions and Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions Clinical Studies Groups. 

I was awarded my PhD from the University of Bristol in 2021 which I completed as part of a Health Education England/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. I investigated the relationship between different speech input processing skills and speech articulation at the age of 5 years in children born with a cleft palate. I now work with the BSLTRU part-time as a Senior Research Associate alongside my clinical role. My role at the BSLTRU focuses on supporting and undertaking work with The Cleft Collective cohort studies including the Speech and Language cohort and other cleft related studies.