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


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Ellen Gerrits

  • Professor
  • Research group: Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication