Dr Sam Burr, BA, MSc, PhD

Dr Sam Burr, BA, MSc, PhD

Senior Research Associate

In 2009 I completed the BA in German and Linguistic Science at University of York and worked in Berlin and England, while I gathered volunteering experience with children and adults with speech, language and communication needs. In 2011 I began my professional training at University College London and completed the MSc Speech & Language Sciences in 2013. In September 2013 I accepted a NQP post with Solent NHS Trust as a community paediatric Speech and Language Therapist, and developed my specialist interest in speech sound disorders and research. In March 2016 I secured funding from Solent NHS Trust to complete a Clinical Academic Internship to support the preparation of my application for an HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. My application was successful, and the 4-year fellowship began in June 2017 and I was awarded my doctorate in November 2022. In February 2022 I took up a full-time role with BSLTRU as Senior Research Associate coordinating the NIHR RfPB funded MISLToe_SSD study and facilitating the SSLiC study. 

I am a passionate advocate of clinical academic roles through my work as a Research Champion for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and former role as Clinical Academic Lead for Solent NHS Trust. I am a Clinical Academic mentor through the RCSLT offering support to clinical colleagues looking to explore the clinical academic career pathway.

Selected publications

  • Cleland, J., Burr, S., Harding, S., Stringer, H. & Wren, Y. [submitted]. Development of an Agreed Labelling System and Protocol for the Diagnosis of Speech Sound Disorder Subtypes in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 
  • Harding, S., Burr, S., Cleland, J., Stringer, H. & Wren, Y. (2023). Outcome measures for children with speech sound disorder: an umbrella review protocol. BMJ Open.
  • Harding, S.  & Burr, S. (2022). How to? Methods: Working with Children and Parents. In Volkmer & Broomfield (Eds), Seldom Heard Voices in Service User involvement. J & R Pres, Guildford:UK.   
  • Stewart, A. & Burr, S. (2021). Thickened liquids: do they still have a place in the paediatric dysphagia toolkit? Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. 
  • Burr, S., Harding, S., Wren, Y., & Deave, T. (2020). The Relationship between Feeding and non-Nutritive Sucking Behaviours and Speech Sound Development: A Systematic Review. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedia. Doi: 10.1159/000505266  
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