Roisin McNaney | Research Associate

Roisin McNaney

Róisín McNaney is a Speech and Language therapist by background, and left Open Lab in 2016 to take up a Lectureship at Lancaster University. She studied her BSc in Speech and Language sciences at Newcastle University where she remained to continue a career in academic research and worked toward her PhD, exploring the design and deployment of digital technologies to aid ‘in the wild’ monitoring and management of symptoms of Parkinson's, with a specific focus on speech and swallowing aspects such as; saliva management, volume control and speech intelligibility.

She has recently finished a two year long data collection for the stage one NHS clinical portfolio trial ‘Cueing for drooling in Parkinson’s and is currently completing the data analysis stage. This project is investigating the clinical effectiveness of a novel, wrist worn cueing device, which acts as a reminder for the wearer to swallow more frequently, thus clearing saliva from the mouth and reducing the risk of drooling from occurring. Her other projects involve exploring the design and use of novel applications for Parkinson’s on pre-existing wearable platforms such as mobile phones or Google Glass.

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Associated Projects

  • DemYouth
    There is a growing body of research examining the role of technology in supporting the care of – and relationships surrounding – people with dementia, yet little attention has been given to how this relates to younger family members. We conducted w...
    August 30, 2011
  • StammerApp
            Newcastle University are developing a mobile app which hopes to help people who stammer (stutter) self-monitor and reflect on their speech, by allowing them to practice speaking in different scenarios, which ...
    August 30, 2011
  • Google Glass for people with Parkinson's
    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition affecting up to 10 million people worldwide. It manifests itself in motor symptoms including rigidity, tremor and bradykinesia, or slowness of movement. These affect an individuals bala...
    August 30, 2011
  • Lifelong Health and Wellbeing
    Older people are accounting for an increasingly higher percentage of the UK’s population, with life expectancy rising at an unprecedented rate and predictions that by 2033, 25% of the population will be over 65 years old. The Lifelong Health and ...
    August 30, 2011
  • Wearable Acoustic Monitor
    Current approaches to assessing a person's social wellbeing generally rely on subjective retrospective judgments by the person themselves at the time of the assessment. As part of the MRC-funded Monitoring Device to Objectively Assess Psychosocial Impa...
    August 30, 2011
    The aim of this project was to understand the changes in motor skill that take place during the early phases of learning a new fine motor skill task. For this project specifically, that motor skill was suturing, which we measured by attaching senso...
    August 30, 2011
  • Cueing for Swallowing in Parkinson's
    This cueing device has been developed as a way to behaviourally manage drooling, which is commonly symptomatic of Parkinson’s Disease. The device was developed through a participatory design process, taking into account the needs of people with Parki...
    August 30, 2011
  • Cueing Technology for Parkinsons
    Approximately 70% of people with Parkinson’s Disease experience problems with swallowing. The resulting build-up of saliva can cause drooling, which is often a source of embarrassment and puts the person at risk of choking or pneumonia if the saliv...
    August 30, 2011
    Although the potential of digital technology to assist older people and people with cognitive and physical impairments is huge, often technology is not designed in a way that fully takes into account the needs of these groups in terms of how access...
    August 30, 2011
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