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Prof Kate Watkins

We are interested in the neural basis of speech and language.  We use brain imaging and brain stimulation to study typical speech perception and production and to explore differences in the structure and function of the brain associated with disorders of speech and language.

In collaboration with colleagues in Australia we are investigating the genetics of stuttering.  See

We recently completed our second trial using brain stimulation to enhance fluency in people who stutter - see the INSTEP Study Website for more news and updates.

We have completed our recruitment of children aged 10-15 with a range of language abilities including those who would qualify for a diagnosis of developmental language disorder.  Thank you to all the children and their families who helped with this study.  Watch this space while we analyse your data!  

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Interested in working with us?

We currently have no vacancies in the lab.

Interested in studying with us?

Prospective graduate students should contact Prof Kate Watkins by email at 

Further information about applications for graduate studies can be found on the department and university webpages.


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