Prof. Ellen Gerrits has served as Professor of Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication since 2010 and as Professor of Speech Therapy Studies since 2014. She is a speech-language pathologist and speech therapist.
Through her Research group, Ellen Gerrits aims to develop knowledge and evidence-based interventions that can be used to improve the communication, speech and language skills (communicative self-sufficiency) of children and adults.
Besides working as a professor, she also serves as Chair of the Dutch Association for Voice, Speech and Language Pathology and editor of the Tijdschrift voor Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie (‘Journal for Voice, Speech and Language Pathology’) and the specialist magazine Horen Zeggen (‘Hearsay’).
- 2004-2010: Manager at Adelante Audiology and Communication, Hoensbroek
- 2002-2010: Senior Clinical Researcher at the Audiological Centre of Maastricht University Medical Centre
- 2001-2002: Advanced diploma programme, in which she worked together with several researchers to identify precursors of dyslexia in early language acquisition among children with dyslexic parents.
- 2001: conferral of a PhD by Utrecht University’s Faculty of Arts for research into the perception of speech sounds by children and adults.
Fields of expertise
- Speech and language therapy
- Speech perception
- Language development disorders
- Child characteristics related to improvement in language performance of children with DLD of 4 6 years
- Children with language delay referred to Dutch speech and hearing centres: caseload characteristics
- Feeding and Swallowing Problems in Infants with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1: an Observational Study