About Kirsten

Kirsten Howells


I qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist in 2003, graduating from University College London as a mature student with an MSc in Speech and Language Sciences, and subsequently worked as a Speech & Language Therapist in the NHS. In 2008, I moved to Norway where, after learning to speak Norwegian, I spent 5 years working in a specialist service, providing evaluation, information and therapy for people who stammer and clutter, as well as providing supervision and training courses for other therapists working with people who stammer and clutter. I then lived in the USA for 18 months, where I became a certified American Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP).


Early in 2018, I returned to the UK to establish an independent speech therapy practice, specialising in dysfluency.


I am a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP). I am also fully registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).


Please see below for more information regarding my research involvement and publications.

Professional roles related to dysfluency


2016 – present:

Co-chair of the International Fluency Association’s Meetings and Conferences Committee.


Co-chair of the Organising Team for the 2018 One World, Many Voices: Science and Community collaborative congress of the International Cluttering Association, International Fluency Association and International Stuttering Association which was held in Hiroshima, Japan.


I was also a member of the Organising Team for the 2015 Embracing our Differences: Sharing Perspectives on Stuttering and Cluttering congress, which was held in Lisbon, Portugal.



Research involvement


2017 - present: Research Assistant and co-author in a research project exploring the effectiveness of individualised therapy for adults who stammer.


2014 - 2015: Involved in early stages of a Stage II trial examining the implementation and effectiveness of a therapy approach for school-aged children who stammer.


2013 - 2015: Lead clinician in a collaborative project with the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration, evaluating the effectiveness of electronic fluency aids for adults who stammer.


2011 - 2014: Represented Norway in the Stuttering Research and Education network (STUREN) - an international network involving researchers and clinician from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Belgium. See www.sturen.org for more information.

Publications


• Howells, K. (2019). "Medication and dysfluency." Manuscript accepted for publication.


• Howells, K. & Packer, J. (2019). "Acquired stammering." Manuscript accepted for publication.


• Sønsterud, H., Kirmess, M., Howells, K., Ward, D., Feragen, K.B. & Halvorsen, M.S. "The working alliance in stuttering treatment: a neglected variable?". International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 54,4 (2019), 606-619.


• Howells, K., Dalby, M., Heitman, R.R., Sjøstrand, Å., Hestmann Melle, A. & Vedvik, Omdal. “How can speech therapists incorporate technical aids in therapy for people with fluency difficulties?”. Norwegian Journal of Speech and Language Therapy, 1 (2016), 6-9.


• Stellberg, I., Andresen, S., Howells, K., Dalby, M., Heitman, R.R., Sjøstrand, Å., Hestmann Melle, A. & Vedvik Omdal, A. “Technical aids for people with fluency difficulties – do they help?”. Norwegian Journal of Speech and Language Therapy, 4 (2015), 6-9.


• Stellberg, I., Andresen, S., Howells, K., Dalby, M., Heitman, R.R., Sjøstrand, Å., Hestmann Melle, A. & Vedvik Omdal, A. “Technical aids for people with fluency difficulties – what are they?”. Norwegian Journal of Speech and Language Therapy, 3 (2015), 6-8.


• Sønsterud, H., Howells, K. & Hoff, K. “What is stammering? – early developmental course of stammering”. Norwegian Journal of Speech and Language Therapy, 1 (2014), 6-13.


Presentations at conferences

Joint World Congress of International Cluttering Association, International Fluency Association and International Stuttering Association

Hiroshima, Japan, 2018


• Howells, K., Baluyot, C. & Sønsterud, H. Subjective and objective measures of stuttering: An exploration of the relationship between OASES-A and SSI-4

Presenting authors: Kirsten Howells & Cliff Baluyot


• Sønsterud, H., Howells, K., Seeger Halvorsen, M., Billaud Feragen, K., Ward, D., Kirmess, M. The importance of the working alliance in stuttering therapy: Client perceptions.

Presenting authors: Hilda Sønsterud & Kirsten Howells


International Fluency Association World Congress

Lisbon, Portugal, 2015




• Einarsdóttir, J.T., Howells, K., Ingham, R.J., James, J., Halldórsdóttir, K.L., Sønsterud, H. App-based behavioural stuttering treatment for school children.

Presenting authors: Jóhanna T. Einarsdóttir & Kirsten Howells.


• Einarsdóttir, J.T., Cosyns, M., Halldórsdóttir, K.L., Howell, K. Stuttering measurement and training system.

Presenting authors: Jóhanna T. Einarsdóttir & Kirsten Howells.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention,

Los Angeles, USA, 2017




• Sønsterud, H., Howells, K., Feragen, K., Halvorsen, M., Ward, D. & Kirmess, M. The Working Alliance in Stuttering Therapy: A Neglected Variable?

Presenting authors: Hilda Sønsterud & Kirsten Howells



Awards


Unsung Hero Award, awarded to Kirsten by the International Fluency Association, 2018.


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