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Prof. Helen Grech

Prof. Helen Grech

Dip.Sp.&Ther.,M.Ed.,Ph.D.(Manchester)

Head of Department
Communication Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 13
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
contact+356 2340 1858

Deputy Dean
Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 13
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
contact+356 2340 1858

Associate Professor
Communication Therapy
Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 13
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
contact+356 2340 1858

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Biography

Dr Grech is the Head of the Department of Communication Therapy and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Malta. She lectures mainly in areas related to speech/language pathology and audiology. Dr Grech is also a practising educational audiologist and speech-language pathologist. She has been invited as visiting lecturer by various Higher Education Institutions including Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium; Fontys Hogeschool. Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Göteborg University, Sweden; Huddinge University Hospital, Sweden; Institut Libre Marie Haps, Brussels, Belgium; KHBO, Brugge, Belgium; Lessius Hogeschool, Antwerp, Belgium; University of Oulu, Finland; and the University of Catania, Sicily.

Dr Grech has been recruited by the EC on several occasions as an expert Evaluator for the FP7 and FP6 programmes of European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities. She also worked for the European Union Programmes Unit, Malta, as an evaluator of proposals submitted under the Grundtvic and Erasmus programmes.

Helen Grech serves on the editorial Board of peer reviewed journals and is a member of several international, British and local learned societies.

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Speech and language acquisition in bilingual children
  • Speech sound disorders in children
  • Hearing Impairment in children


Selected Publications

Grech, H. 2011, "Translation to Practice: Phonological Analysis of the Speech of Multilingual Children in Malta " in , eds. S. McLeod & B. Goldstein, 1st edn, Multilingual Matters, UK, US, Canada, pp. 212-- 214.

Grech, H., Dodd, B. & Franklin, S. 2011, Maltese-English Speech Assessment (MESA) , University of Malta, Malta.

Grech, H., Franklin, S. & Dodd, B. 2011, Language Assessment for Maltese Children (LAMC) , University of Malta, Malta.

Grech, H. & McLeod, S. 2011, "Multilingual Speech and Language Development and Disorders" in
Communication Disorders in Multicultural Populations
, ed. D. Battle, 4th edn, Elsevier, US, pp. 120-- 147.

Grech, H. & Cheng, L. 2010, "Communication in the migrant community in Malta", Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, , no. 5, pp. 246-- 254.

Grech, H. & Dodd, B. 2008, "Phonological acquisition in Malta: a bilingual language learning context ", International Journal of Bilingualism, vol. 12, (3): 155-171, no. 3, pp. 155--177.

Grech, H. 2007, "Maltese Speech Acquisition " in The International Guide to Speech Acquisition, ed. S. McLeod, 1st edn, Thomson Delmar Learning, , pp. 483-- 494.

Grech, H. 2006, " Education in logopedics in the Maltese Islands", Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, vol. 58, pp. 36-- 40.

Grech, H. 2006, "Phonological Development of Maltese-Speaking Children
" in Phonological Development and Disorders: Multilingual
Perspective
, eds. Z. Hua & B. Dodd, 1st edn, Multilingual Matters, Ltd, UK, pp. 135-- 178.

Grech, H. 2002, " Speech-language pathology in Malta: meeting local needs in a global perspective", Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, vol. 54, pp. 91-- 94.

Other

Dr Grech represents Malta on the Cost Domain for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health (ISCH).

She is President Elect of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).

Dr Grech was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship at the University of Limerick, Ireland, where she standardised a speech and language assessment for early identification of Maltese children with communication difficulties.

She was also awarded an Individual Mobility Grant under Tempus Programme and co-ordinated a 4-year Marie Curie FP6 project.

She is currently involved in a LLL Tuning project and Cost Action IS0804.

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