Sophie MacKenzie | AECC University College

Sophie MacKenzie

Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy

Sophie joined AECC University College in January 2023, as a Senior lecturer in the Speech and Language Therapy team. She leads on the Professional Practice in Speech and Language and Adult Speech and Language Therapy modules.


Sophie spent 20 years as a speech and language therapist, working primarily with adults with neurological conditions and head and neck cancer. In 2007, she began teaching on the PGDip Speech and Language Therapy programme run jointly by the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University, and in 2020 she joined the SLT team at City, University of London, where she led the MSc SLT programme.

Current Activity

Sophie has a particular interest in holistic and person-centred care; her PhD explored how people with aphasia express their spirituality. She has taught on aphasia, motor speech disorders, dysphagia, head and neck cancer and qualitative research methodologies.



  • PhD in Health and Social Care (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • MSc Human Communications


  • Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
  • HCPC registered Speech and Language Therapist
  • Chair of the British Aphasiology Society
  • Executive Board member of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality
  • Co-founder of the Spirituality Scholars’ Network
Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Phenomenology
  • Person-centred care/ holistic practice
  • Spirituality in Speech and Language Therapy
Publications Book chapters/Peer reviewed articles

Publications Book chapters/Peer reviewed articles

MacKenzie, S. (2024) Working with Adults with Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Needs: a holistic approach. London: Routledge

MacKenzie, S. and Mumby, K. (eds) (2022) Perspectives on Spirituality in Speech and Language Therapy. Guildford: J and R Press

MacKenzie, S. (2020) “Is all in all”: exploring spirituality with people with expressive aphasia. Journal of Disability and Religion

MacKenzie, S. and McAllister, L. (2019) ‘Phenomenology and its use in research in communication disorders’, in Lyons, R. and McAllister, L. (eds) Qualitative Research in Communication Disorders: An introduction for students and clinicians

Guildford: J and R Press

MacKenzie, S. and Marsh, I. (2018) The philosopher of ambiguity: exploring stories of spirituality of people with aphasia through the lens of Merleau-Ponty

Journal of Disability and Religion

MacKenzie, S. (2016) Sacred work?: Exploring spirituality with therapists working with stroke patients with aphasia

Journal for the Study of Spirituality, Vol 6, issue 1

MacKenzie, S. (2015) Spirituality and Speech and Language Therapy. In Stokes, J. and McCormick, M. (eds) Speech and Language Therapy and Professional Identity: challenging received wisdom.

Guildford: J and R Press

MacKenzie, S., Gale, E. and Munday, R. (2006) PASWORD: the Putney auditory single word yes/ no assessment. Development of a reliable test of yes/no at a single word level in patients who are unable to participate in existing assessments which require a specific motor response: an exploratory study.

International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders Vol 41, No. 2 March-April

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