Elissa Manzi


Personal profile

Academic Background

Elissa is a Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy, having joined the UEA in February 2023. She qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2017 after completing the BSc Speech and Language Therapy at the University of East Anglia. She has worked in a range of clinical settings, spanning acute, neurological rehabilitation and adult community.  In her last clinical post she was a specialist speech and language therapist working across a stroke rehabilitation ward and in the Early Supported Discharge stroke service.  She is the module lead for Acquired Language and Communication Disorders. Elissa is the Clinical Hub Coordinator for the SLT course, responsible for organising in-house placements.

Elissa is currently completing a Masters in Higher Education Practice at the University of East Anglia. She recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research Delivery through Newcastle University, graduating with distinction. 

Elissa was the therapy symposium coordinator for the British Aphasiology Society (BAS) between 2021-2024 and has keen research interest in adult-acquired aphasia, dysarthria and dysphagia.  She has previously presented at the UK Stroke Forum and British Aphasiology Society conference.

Elissa now holds the role of BAS Representative within the Aphasia Alliance.

Elissa has recently set up Norwich Aphasia Choir, with support from speech and language therapy students on the course. She is currently involved in a research project exploring experiences of people with aphasia who attend and the impact on learning/skillset for speech and language therapy students supporting the project. More information about the choir can be found here: 





Education/Academic qualification

Newcastle University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2023

Bachelor of Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 20 Jul 2017

External positions

British Aphasiology Society Representative within The Aphasia Alliance

Sep 2024 → …

External Examiner, University of Strathclyde

Jan 2024 → …

Therapy Symposium Coordinator, British Aphasiology Society

Aug 2021Sep 2024