Dr Ritienne Grima

Dr Ritienne Grima

Dr Ritienne Grima


Senior Lecturer

Room 23
Block A, Level 1
Faculty of Health Sciences
Mater Dei Hospital
  +356 2340 1142
Dr Ritienne Grima graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Communication Therapy from the University of Malta in 1997. She subsequently practised as a speech-language pathologist in a range of settings, including community clinics, special schools and an acute hospital. During the last few years she has focused her clinical practice on adults with acquired neurological communication disorders.

Ritienne was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2012. Her thesis focused on confrontation naming abilities in Maltese-speaking adults. Naming performance of Maltese speakers on a widely used naming test, The Boston Naming Test was investigated. The influence of demographic and word variables on spoken word production during naming was studied. Finally, this research presented an adapted naming test to suit the cultural and linguistic needs of Maltese speakers, and which may be used to assess Maltese people at risk of naming impairments.

She is a senior lecturer within the Department of Communication Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Acquired Communication Disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Spoken word retrieval
  • Stroke
  • CMT1038 - Introduction to Communication and Communication Disorders
  • CMT2043 - Voice Disorders
  • CMT3047 - Clinical Semantics and Pragmatics
  • CMT3048 - Communication and Ageing: A Clinical Perspective
  • CMT3049 - Neurogenic Disorders
  • CMT3310 - Case File 1
  • CMT3311 - Client Presentation 1
  • CMT4309 - Case File 2
  • CMT4310 - Client Presentation 2
  • CMT4512 - Applied Neurology
  • CMT4513 - Clinical Linguistics
  • CMT4514 - Language Pathology and Communication Therapy 1
  • CMT4515 - Language Pathology and Communication Therapy 2
  • CMT5011 - Communication Skills and Collaborative Practice
Research work in progress:
Identification of stroke-induced aphasia

Ongoing collaborations:
Ritienne Grima is a member of the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs). CATs is an
international network of multidisciplinary aphasia investigators in rehabilitation, social
science, psychology and linguistics research from across 26 countries. It is currently funded
by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, UK.