Maggie-Lee Huckabee, PhD
Maggie-Lee Huckabee, PhD practiced as a clinical speech language pathologist for 15 years before the frustration of never knowing 'the answers' led her to an academic career. She is now Founder and Director of the University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research and Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders in Christchurch, New Zealand. She still hasn't found 'The Answers' but is trying, with research interests focusing on the complexities of behaviorally-driven neural adaptation and biomechanical change leading to swallowing recovery following neurological injury.
In her 15-year academic career, Maggie-Lee has co-authored three books, 14 book chapters and has published 80 peer reviewed scientific papers. A recent research programme has resulted in a reduction in pneumonia rates from 27 to 10%, with a subsequent savings in health care costs for the regional health board of over $1.4 million in one year. For this research, she was awarded one of the top research medals from the University of Canterbury: The Innovation Medal. She is well known as a clinical teacher and is an invited speaker by health systems worldwide to provide clinical training, particularly in rehabilitation practices.