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.