Roganie Govender

Clinical-Academic Speech & Language Therapist

Roganie is a consultant Clinical-Academic Speech & Language Therapist based at University College London Hospital and UCL Head & Neck Academic Centre.

She worked as a clinician in South Africa and the UK for more than 20 years prior to embarking on a clinical research career. Roganie has successfully obtained four NIHR/NIHR infrastructure fellowships allowing her to complete a PhD in Behavioural Science & Health and to forge a clinical academic career focussing on dysphagia interventions in head and neck cancer.

Roganie is currently chief investigator for the SIP SMART2 multicentre pilot trial investigating dysphagia prehabilitation in people newly diagnosed with head and neck cancer. During the pandemic, she co-led a national audit of laryngectomy services at 26 NHS sites. She has published widely in her field and presented her work nationally and internationally. She works closely with her professional body (RCSLT) in developing clinical guidelines and undertakes teaching and training at undergraduate and post-graduate level across healthcare professional groups. She mentors and supervises NIHR trainees from internship to doctoral and early post-doctoral level and currently chairs the NIHR Speech Therapy in ENT Group (STENT). Roganie received an MBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List for services to Speech & Language Therapy.

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