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Professor Wendy Best

BSc UOL, PGrad Dip CUL, MSc BBK, PhD BBK.

Partner Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +44 207 679 4257
Fax : +44 207 679 4238
email : w.best@ucl.ac.uk
Homepage : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychlangsci/research/dev-sci/people/devsci-staff/wendy-best/
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8375-5916

External Address

Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
University College London, UK

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2018) "Talking to Read, Reading to Talk." Kohnen, S., Best, W., & Nickels, L. ($18,037)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2015) "The representation of meaning and its breakdown in semantic dementia and aphasia." Nickels, L., Fieder, N., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., Hameau, S., & Best, W. ($39,000)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Bloch S. & Best, W. (2013). Investigating what others think of speech and language therapy intervention and services. In Dobinson, C., & Wren, Y. (Eds.), Creating practice-based evidence. Guildford, UK: J & R Press.

Periodicals

  • Johnson, F.M., Best, W., Beckley, F.C., Maxim, J., & Beeke, S. (2017). Identifying mechanisms of change in a conversation therapy for aphasia using behaviour change theory and qualitative methods. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 52(3), 374-387. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12279
  • Best, W., Maxim, J., Heilemann, C., Beckley, F., Johnson, F., Edwards, S., Howard, D., & Beeke, S. (2016). Conversation therapy with people with aphasia and conversation partners using video feedback: A group and case series investigation of changes in interaction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 562. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00562
  • Beeke, S., Beckley, F., Johnson, F., Heilemann, C., Edwards, S., Maxim, J., & Best, W. (2015). Conversation focused aphasia therapy: Investigating the adoption of strategies by people with agrammatism. Aphasiology, 29(3), 355-377. doi:10.1080/02687038.2014.881459
  • Best, W., Fedor, A., Hughes, L., Kapikian, A., Masterson, J., Roncoli, S., Fern-Pollack, L., & Thomas, M.S.C. (2015). Intervening to alleviate word-finding difficulties in children: Case series data and a computational modelling foundation. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 32(3-4), 133-168. doi:10.1080/02643294.2014.1003204
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2015). How ‘some garlic’ becomes ‘a garlic’ or ‘some onion’: Mass and count processing in aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 75, 626-645. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.06.031
  • Howard, D., Best, W., & Nickels, L. (2015). Optimising the design of intervention studies: Critiques and ways forward. Aphasiology, 29(5), 526-562. doi:10.1080/02687038.2014.985884
  • Nickels, L., Best, W., & Howard, D. (2015). Optimising the ingredients for evaluation of the effects of intervention. Aphasiology, 29(5), 619-643. doi:10.1080/02687038.2014.1000613
  • Beeke, S., Johnson, F., Beckley, F., Heilemann, C., Edwards, S., Maxim, J., & Best, W. (2014). Enabling better conversations between a man with aphasia and his conversation partner: incorporating writing into turn taking. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 47(3), 292-305. doi:10.1080/08351813.2014.925667
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2014). From “some butter” to “a butter”: An investigation of mass and count representation and processing. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 31(4), 313-349. doi:10.1080/02643294.2014.903914
  • Heilemann, C., Best, W., Johnson, F., Beckley, F., Edwards, S., Maxim, J., & Beeke, S. (2014). Investigating treatment fidelity in a conversationbased aphasia therapy. Aphasie und verwandte Gebiete, 2, 14-26. [Link]
  • Woolf, C., Panton, A., Rosen, A., Best, W., & Marshall, J. (2014). Therapy for auditory processing impairment in aphasia: An evaluation of two approaches. Aphasiology, 28(12), 1481-1505. doi:10.1080/02687038.2014.931921
  • Beckley, F., Best, W., Johnson, F., Edwards, S., Maxim, J., & Beeke, S. (2013). Conversation therapy for agrammatism: exploring the therapeutic process of engagement and learning by a person with aphasia. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 48(2), 220-239. doi:10.1111/j.1460-6984.2012.00204.x
  • Beeke, S., Beckley, F., Best, W., Johnson, F., Edwards, S., & Maxim, J. (2013). Extended turn construction and test question sequences in the conversations of three speakers with agrammatic aphasia. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 27(10-11), 784-804. doi:10.3109/02699206.2013.808267
  • Best, W., Greenwood, A., Grassly, J., Herbert, R., Hickin, J., & Howard, D. (2013). Aphasia rehabilitation: does generalisation from anomia therapy occur and is it predictable? A case series study. Cortex, 49(9), 2345-2357. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2013.01.005
  • Caute, A., Pring, T., Cocks, N., Cruice, M., Best, W., & Marshall, J. (2013). Enhancing communication through gesture and naming therapy. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56(1), 337-351. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2012/11-0232)
  • Grassly, J., Newton, C., & Best, W. (2013). Facilitating word retrieval in people with aphasia: an exploration of the relationship between language and wider neuropsychological processing. , 18(S01), 44-47.
  • Herbert, R., Gregory, E., & Best, W. (2013). Syntactic versus lexical therapy for anomia in acquired aphasia: differential effects on narrative and conversation. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 49(2), 162-173. doi:10.1111/1460-6984.12054
  • Rossiter, C., & Best, W. (2013). “Penguins don't fly”: An investigation into the effect of typicality on picture naming in people with aphasia. Aphasiology, 27(7), 784-798. doi:10.1080/02687038.2012.751579
  • Marshall, J., Best, W., Cocks, N., Cruice, M., Pring, T., Bulcock, G., Creek, G., Eales, N., Mummery, A.L., Matthews, N., & Caute, A. (2012). Gesture and naming therapy for people with severe aphasia: A group study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 726-738. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2011/11-0219)
  • Beeke, S., Maxim, J., Best, W., & Cooper, F. (2011). Redesigning therapy for agrammatism: Initial findings from the ongoing evaluation of a conversation-based intervention study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24(2), 222-236. doi:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2010.03.002
  • Best, W., Grassly, J., Greenwood, A., Herbert, R., Hickin, J., & Howard, D. (2011). A controlled study of changes in conversation following aphasia therapy for anomia. Disability and Rehabilitation, 33(3), 229-242. doi:10.3109/09638288.2010.534230
  • Nickels, L., Howard, D., & Best, W. (2011). On the use of different methodologies in cognitive neuropsychology: drink deep and from several sources. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 28(7), 475-485. doi:10.1080/02643294.2012.672406
  • Best, W.M., & Nickels, L.A. (2000). From theory to therapy in aphasia: Where are we now and where to next? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 10, 231-247.
  • Nickels, L.A., Howard, D., & Best, W.M. (1997). Fractionating the articulatory loop: Dissociations and associations in phonological recoding in aphasia. Brain and Language, 56, 161-182.
  • Nickels, L.A., & Best, W.M. (1996). Therapy for naming disorders (Part I): Principles, puzzles and progress. Aphasiology, 10, 21-47.
  • Nickels, L.A., & Best, W.M. (1996). Therapy for naming disorders (Part II): Specifics, surprises and suggestions. Aphasiology, 10, 109-136.

Published Abstracts

  • Hughes, L., Masterson, J., Thomas, M., Fedor, A., Roncoli, S., Kapikian, A., Fern-Pollark, L., & Best, W. (2013). The WORD project: a case series study on intervention for developmental word-finding difficulties [Abstract]. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 18(S01), 72-75.
  • Beeke, S., Best, W., Beckley, F., Johnson, F., Edwards, S., & Maxim, J. (2012). Conversation therapy for people with agrammatic aphasia and their conversation partners: Evaluation outcomes [Abstract]. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 17(Suppl 2), 46-49.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2015, November). What counts? An investigation of countability and semantic number. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2015, September). Effects of semantic number information on grammatical processing of mass nouns. Poster session presented at the International Science of Aphasia Conference, Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2015, September). What counts? An investigation of countability and semantic number. Poster session presented at the Biennial International Conference of British Aphasiology Society, London, UK.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2014, May). Grammatical countability specific impairments in aphasic speakers. Colloquium at the Post-doc and Doctorate Colloquium at the Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2014, May). Processing of mass/count information in noun phrase production and comprehension. Colloquium at the Department of Psycholinguistics, University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2013, November). How ‘some garlic’ becomes ‘a garlic’ or ‘some onion’: Mass and count processing in aphasia. Paper presented at the 7th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum (ACNCN), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Beckley, F., Sirman, N., Little, L., Mahon, M., Maxim, J., Edwards, S., Best, W., Johnson, F., Newton, C., & Beeke, S. (2012, December). From communication disorders research to conversation-based interventions for adults with aphasia: an online resource for clinicians and people with aphasia. Paper presented at the UK Stroke Forum 2012 Conference, North Yorkshire, UK. [Link]
  • Kapikian, A., Best, W., Fedor, A., Hughes, L., Masterson, J., Roncoli, S., & Thomas,, M. (2012, September). The WORD research project: A developmental study of word retrieval. Paper presented at the 2012 Developmental Section Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK. [Link]
  • Nickels, L., Best, W., Williamson, L. Etzien, M. & Burmester, J. (2009, December). Do shared-feature and associative semantic errors have a single source? Paper presented at the Australian Language and Speech Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • Nickels, L., Best, W., Williamson, L. Burmester, J. & Etzien, M. (2009, October). Investigating the nature of semantic errors in picture naming. Invited presentation given at the University College, London, UK.
  • Nickels, L., Best, W., Williamson, L. Etzien, M. & Burmester, J. (2009, October). Shared feature and Associative semantic errors in aphasic word production. Poster session presented at the Academy of Aphasia, Boston, USA.
  • Nickels, L., Best, W., Williamson, L. Burmester, J. & Etzien, M. (2009, September). An examination of sub-types of semantic errors in word production in aphasia. Paper presented at the Science of Aphasia X, Antalya, Turkey.

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