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Dr Maxine Winstanley

Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy
School of Sport and Health Sciences
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Maxine is a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist who has recent clinical experience focussing on integrating speech and language therapy into psychiatric and forensic services for young people. She has been involved in the development of the MSc Speech and Language Therapy programme and her research concentrates on the prevalence of developmental language disorder and socioemotional difficulties in the young offender population and investigates language competence as a variable with respect to rates of recidivism.

Within the university Maxine was part of a small team responsible for the design and planning of the MSc Speech and Language therapy programme. She will be involved in the delivery of the brand new pre-reg MSc course when it commences in January 2021. As clinical placement co-ordinator for the speech and language therapy programme, she will be responsible for working across the north west with clinical partners to deliver high quality clinical education. She has published in speech and language therapy journals as well as psychology and psychiatry journals.

Maxine is a Speech and Language Therapist with experience as a clinician and a manager working within NHS, educational and forensic contexts. Her clinical expertise is particularly around working with adolescents on secure wards and in the youth justice service where she has experience of developing services and implementing new clinical pathways. Before joining the University of Central Lancashire, Maxine was a lecturer at the University of Manchester with responsibilities for undergraduate teaching on BSc Speech and Language therapy and postgraduate teaching on MRes in Psychological Sciences. She has delivered and designed teaching materials across a range of modules including clinical and professional practice, research methods, clinical linguistics and developmental language disorder. Additionally, she has overseen BSc research projects and been a clinical examiner across a range of modules. Working with youth offending teams her research has profiled the psycholinguistic and socioemotional characteristics of young offenders with and without Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and detail gender differences. In addition, she investigated language competence as a variable with respect to rates of recidivism and severity of crime and her work is the first to study the predictive utility of DLD status for reoffending.

  • PhD School of Health Sciences, The University of Manchester, 2018
  • MRes in Psychological Sciences, The University of Manchester, 2015
  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy, The University of Manchester, 2014
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy with Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, 1994
  • International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders Best Paper Award 2018 for "More or less likely to offend? Young adults with a history of identified developmental language disorders"
  • Developmental Language Disorder and the language abilities of young offenders
  • Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) CertMRCSLT
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)