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People

Action Core Group

Below are the details of the Action Core Group, who meet once per month via Skype to organise Action Activity.

For a list of the full Managment Commitee, please click here.

James Law, United Kingdom

  • Management Committee Chair
  • Email:
  • James Law is a professor of Speech and Language Sciences at Newcastle University. He is the Chair of the Management Committee for the Action and a member of Working Groups 1,2 and 3.

Elin Thordardottir, Iceland

  • Management Committee Vice-Chair
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  • Elin is a researcher at Reykajvíkur Akademían and professor at McGill University. She is Vice-Chair of the Action MC, MC Member for Iceland and leads Working Group 3 alongside Seyhun Topbas

Jan de Jong, The Netherlands

  • STSM Coordinator
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  • Jan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam and an Associate professor at the University of Bergen. He is the STSM Coordinator for the Action and MC Member for the Netherlands

Kristine Jensen de López, Denmark

  • Training Committee
  • Email:
  • Kristine is a professor in the Department of Communication and Psychology at Aalborg University. She is an MC Member for Denmark and is on the Training Committee with Mila Vulchanova

Mila Vulchanova, Norway

  • Training Committee
  • Email:
  • Mila is a professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is an MC Member for Norway and is on the Training Committee with Kristine Jensen de López

David Saldaña, Spain

  • Working Group 1
  • Email:
  • David is an Associate Professor in Developmental and Educational Psychology at Universidad de Sevilla. He is an MC Member for Spain and leads Working Group 1, alongside Carol-Anne Murphy.

Carol-Anne Murphy, Ireland

  • Working Group 1
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  • Carol-Anne is a Lecturer in Speech & Language Therapy at the University of Limerick. She is the MC Member for Ireland and leads Working Group 1 alongside David Saldaña.

Ellen Gerrits, The Netherlands

  • Working Group 2
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  • Ellen is a Professor of Speech Therapy at HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht. She is the Lead for Working Group 2, alongside Cristina McKean.

Cristina McKean, United Kingdom

  • Working Group 2
  • Email:
  • Cristina is a Lecturer and Speech and Language Therapist and is based at Newcastle University. She is an MC Member for the UK and leads Working Group 2 alongside Ellen Gerrits.

Seyhun Topbas, Turkey

  • Working Group 3
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  • Seyhun is a Professor of Speech and Language Therapy at Istanbul Medipol University. She is the MC Member for Turkey, and leads Working Group 3 alongside Elin Thordardottir

Elin Thordardottir, Iceland

  • Working Group 3
  • Email:
  • Elin is a researcher at Reykajvíkur Akademían and professor at McGill University. She is Vice-Chair of the Action MC, MC Member for Iceland and leads Working Group 3 alongside Seyhun Topbas

Kakia Petinou, Cyprus

  • Editorial Board
  • Email:
  • Kakia is based in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Cyprus University of Technology. She is an MC Member for Cyprus and is on the Action Editorial Board with Maria Kambanaros

Maria Kambanaros

  • Editorial Board
  • Email:
  • Maria is an Associate Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology. She is an MC Member for Cyprus and is on the Action Editorial Board with Kakia Petinou

Leo Guilfoyle, COST Association

  • Administrative Officer

Tomke Kossen-Veenhuis, COST Action IS1406 Project Administrator

  • Research Secretary
  • Newcastle University
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +441912086395
  • The dedicated Research Secretary for the Action, based at Newcastle University.