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

Ms 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 always had a specific interest in working with people who have been born with a cleft palate and may have speech difficulties related to their cleft, or who have non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction. I have worked in cleft services in the UK and New Zealand. I 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 NIHR CRN Children Early Career Researchers in Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions and Cleft and Craniofacial Conditions Clinical Studies Groups. 


I have just completed my PhD at the University of Bristol (subject to minor amendments which are in progress) after being awarded a HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2016. I investigated the relationship between speech input processing skills and speech articulation at the age of 5 years in children born with a cleft palate. I now work two days a week with the BSLTRU as a Senior Research Associate, focussing on supporting and undertaking work with The Cleft Collective cohort studies including the Speech and Language cohort.