Communicability Global

  Dignity - Rights - Inclusion

Julie Marshall PhD

Reader in Communication Disability and Development,

Dept. of Health Professions, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Julie is a British Speech and Language Therapist and academic, who has over 28 years’ experience working in Africa.  She holds a PhD in Culture and Communication Disabilities and an MPhil on knowledge about communication disabilities in Tanzania, in addition to her extensive field experience.

Julie has been educating speech and language therapists in the UK and training qualified therapists and other professionals, in both the UK and Africa, for over 25 years and has worked as an academic since 1991. Julie is an experienced researcher, mainly using qualitative research methods, and has received funding to carry out research in the UK, Uganda and Tanzania. She has published more than 28 papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and many articles in professional and service user publications.  She has delivered lectures and seminars world-wide and to a wide range of audiences.

Julie supervises PhD students and is passionate about supporting other people, whether members of the public, professionals, research students or academics, to develop as researchers. She is particularly interested in research that will support the design of services including public understanding of, and knowledge about, communication disability, and understanding how culture influences services for people with communication disabilities.

Julie has contributed to the design, delivery and monitoring of university programmes to educate speech and language therapists in the UK, Uganda and Ghana, as well as supporting the development of the speech and language therapy profession in a number of countries. Julie particularly enjoys working with people who support children with communication disabilities in low and middle-income countries.  She has considerable experience of designing and running responsive training programmes for service users, service planners, international development professionals, academics and health / education professionals about communication and communication disability.

Julie joins the Communicability Global team as a specialist researcher and trainer and experienced author on communication and communication disability in development contexts.

Selected publications

Barrett, H., Turatsinze, F., and Marshall, J. (2016). Strategic Thinking Achieves Change. Bulletin (July edition). RCSLT. 

Goldbart, J. & Marshall, J. (2014) "Using Thematic Network Analysis - an example using interview data from parents of children who use AAC", in M.J. Ball, N. Muller and R. Nelson (eds.) The Handbook of Qualitative Research in Communication Disorders Psychology Press, pp.297-310.


Rochus, D., Lees, J. & Marshall, J. (2014) "'Give me someone who has been there': Reflections on the experience of mentoring SLTs in East Africa", Bulletin of the Royal College of Speech Therapists, 746: 12-14


Marshall, J. & Lewis, E. (2013) "'It's the way you talk to them.' The child's environment: Early Years Practitioners' perceptions of its influence on speech and language development, its assessment and environment targeted interventions", Child Language Teaching and Therapy, early online available here
doi: 10.1177/0265659013516331


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

Wylie, K., McAllister, L., Davidson, B & Marshall, J. (2013) "Changing practice: Implications of the World Report on Disability for responding to communication disability in underserved populations", International Journal of Speech Language Pathology 15(1), 1-13


Barrett, H & Marshall, J. (2013) "Implementation of the World Report on Disability: Developing Human Resource Capacity to Meet the Needs of People with Communication Disability in Uganda", International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(1) 48-52


Wylie, K., McAllister, L., Davidson, B & Marshall, J. (2013) "The World Report on Disability: An impetus to reconceptualise services for people with communication disability", International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(1), 118-126.

DOI: 10.3109/17549507.2012.757804

Jones, I., Marshall, J., Lawthom, R. & Read, J. (2013) "Involving people with communication disability in research in Uganda: A response to the World Report on Disability", International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(1), 75-78


Marshall J., Goldbart J., Pickstone C., Roulstone S. 2011. "The application of systematic reviews in speech and language therapy" International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 46(3), pp.262-272.
issn: 1460-6984 DOI: 10.3109/13682822.2010.497530

Goldbart, J & Marshall, J. (2011) Listening to Proxies for Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. In S. Roulstone and S. McLeod (Editors) Listening to Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. J and R Press. ISBN 978-1-907826-08-5


Pickstone C., Goldbart J., Marshall J., Rees A., Roulstone S. 2009. "'A systematic review of environmental interventions to improve child language outcomes for children with or at risk of primary language impairment'"Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, vol.9 no.2, pp.66-79
issn: 1471-3802 DOI: 10.1111/j.1471?3802.2009.01119

Marshall J., Goldbart J. 2008. "'Communication is everything I think.' Parenting a child who needs Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)" International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, vol.43 no.1, pp.77-98
issn: 1368-2822 doi: 10.1080/13682820701267444

Marshall J., Goldbart J., Phillips J.M. 2008. "Parents' and Speech and Language Therapists' Explanatory Models of Language Development, Language Delay and Intervention" International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, vol.42 no.5, pp.533-555
issn: 1460-6984 doi: 10.1080/13682820601053753

Pennington L., Marshall J., Goldbart J. 2007. "Describing Participants in AAC Research and their Communicative Environments: Guidelines for Research and Practice" Disability and Rehabilitation, vol.29 no.7, pp.521-535
issn: 0963-8288 doi: 10.1080/09638280600902794

Goldbart J., Marshall J., Evans I. 2005. "International Students of Speech and Language Therapy in the UK: Choices about Where to Study and Whether to Return" Higher Education, vol.50 no.1, pp.89-109
issn: 1573-174X doi: 10.1007/s10734-004-6350-4

Pennington L., Goldbart J., Marshall J. 2005. "Direct Speech and Language Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Findings from a Systematic Review" Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, vol.47 no.1, pp.57-63
issn: 1469-8749 doi: 10.1017/S0012162205000101

Goldbart J., Marshall J. 2004. "'Pushes and Pulls' on the Parents of Children who use AAC" Augmentative and Alternative Communication, vol.20 no.4, pp.194-208
issn: 0743-4618 doi: 10.1080/07434610400010960

Marshall J., Goldbart J., Evans R. 2004. "International Students of Speech and Language Therapy in the UK: Do We Meet Their Needs?" International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, vol.39 no.2, pp.269-284
issn: 1460-6984 doi: 10.1080/13682820310001615788

Pennington L., Goldbart J., Marshall J. 2004. "Interaction training for conversational partners of children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review" International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, vol.39 no.2, pp.151-170
issn: 1460-6984 doi: 10.1080/13682820310001625598

Marshall J. 2003. "International and cross-cultural issues: six key challenges for our professions" Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, vol.55 no.6, pp.329-336
issn: 1421-9972 doi: 10.1159/000073257

Marshall J., Ralph S., Palmer S. 2002. "'I wasn't trained to work with them': Mainstream teachers' attitudes to children with speech and language difficulties" International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol.6 no.3, pp.199-215
issn: 1464-5173 doi: 10.1080/13603110110067208

Marshall J., Stojanovik V., Ralph S. 2002. "'I never gave it a second thought': PGCE Students' attitudes towards the inclusion of children with speech and language impairments" International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, vol.37 no.4, pp.475-489
issn: 1460-6984 doi: 10.1080/1368282021000008892

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