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
Spoken word retrieval
CMT1038 - Introduction to Communication and Communication Disorders
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.