Dr. Louise (Gallagher) Sterritt is a Speech and Language Therapist. She was conferred with B.Sc. (Hons.) in Clinical Speech and Language Studies from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2005. Louise is a full member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT) and Independent Speech-Language Therapists of Ireland (ISTI). She is currently both an ISTI Committee member and Chair of the IASLT's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee, representing the CPD Committee on IASLT's Professional Standards Standing Committee. Louise is registered with CORU, the statutory regulator of Health and Social Care Professionals in the Republic of Ireland.
Undergraduate clinical experience included both paediatric and adult populations. Since graduating, Louise has worked with both children and adults across a range of settings in Ireland.
Louise pursued further study on a part-time basis and was conferred with M.Sc. (Hons.) in Healthcare Ethics and Law from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2008. Louise presented the findings of her postgraduate research to peers at the IASLT Biennial Conference in October 2009.
Research interests include the effect of prescription medications on swallowing, with an article published in Dysphagia, the international multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal, in 2009. She continues to contribute to the journal as an invited Peer Reviewer. Louise was approached by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association's Special Interest Division for Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders with a view to contributing to an issue of their Perspectives publication; her article was published in the December 2010 volume. Louise has also contributed to the national clinical care pathway document on best practice for clients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Louise recently completed a Professional Doctorate in Health on a part-time basis and was conferred with D. Health from the University of Bath in 2022. She presented a poster on her proposed doctoral research (dynamic assessment with children who have Developmental Language Disorder) at the IASLT Biennial Conference in April 2013. She delivered a 30 minute oral presentation to attendees at the IASLT Biennial Conference on the topic "Action Research: What it is and How to do it" and was also invited as an expert to participate in an On The Couch Q&A session on the topic of Action Research at the Conference in April 2015.