Ruth Mc Menamin Department Speech and Language Therapy PhD Title “An exploration of how the conversation partner approach supports people with aphasia to engage in their local community” Career path to date / reason for choosing subject Ruth Mc Menamin joined the Speech and Language Therapy Department at NUI Galway in November 2004. Prior to taking up this position she worked as a Senior Speech and Language Therapist in neurology and spinal cord injury at the Mater Misericordiae hospital, Dublin. She obtained a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Ulster, at Jordanstown in 1996 and a Masters degree in Health Informatics at the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2004. In 2008 Ruth completed a post graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Ruth is currently pursuing her PhD in General Practice at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her focus is on communication disability, civic engagement and the impact of aphasia on community participation. Ruth’s research interests include acquired communication and swallowing disorders, civic engagement in Higher education, Health Informatics and attitudes to Communication Disability.