Paula Leslie, PhD

  • Consultant Scholar, Preston, UK

Paula Leslie graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1995 with a BS in Clinical Language Sciences, and received a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2004 and in 2016 earned an MA in Bioethics with a thesis That Won't Help The Meatballs: Health Care Providers' Perceptions of Eating, Drinking, and Feeding as Human Experiences.  Prior to returning to the United Kingdom, she served as Professor of Communication Science & Disorders and Director of Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology Program in the School of Health and Rehabilitative Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently a Consultant Scholar located in Preston, UK, Paula is currently undertaking projects with Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT) in the design and implementation of national competency standards for dysphagia at a pre-registration level, and for Health Education & Improvement Wales (HEIW) educational review. Her research interests include aging, swallowing disorders, quality of life, and ethics and decision making by members of vulnerable groups at the end of life.