Catherine Theys

Senior LecturerCatherine Theys

Leader of the Language and Ageing Theme
7 Creyke Rd Rm 201
Internal Phone: 94516


Research Interests

Dr. Theys’ research aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of normal speech production and speech production disorders by combining behavioral and neuroimaging approaches. To grasp the complexity of the speech production process, she uses an integrated approach of neurocomputational modeling with brain imaging and neurophysiological techniques capable of capturing the spatial ((f)MRI) and temporal (EEG) neural correlates of speech. This approach is based on state-of-the-art models, data acquisition and processing techniques, and complemented by novel, custom-developed techniques. The fundamental scientific component of this research focuses on detailed mapping of the neural speech network. This is conducted through the study of normal speech production as well as stuttering and acquired neurogenic speech disorders. Dr Theys’ studies on speech disorders also have a strong translational component. It is anticipated that understanding the neural basis of speech production problems will eventually lead to effective and personalized treatment approaches, with a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Recent Publications

  • Derrick D., Madappallimattam J. and Theys C. (2019) Aero-tactile integration during speech perception: Effect of response and stimulus characteristics on syllable identification. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 146(3): 1605-1614.
  • Newbury J., Bartoszewicz-Poole A. and Theys C. (2019) Current practices of New Zealand speech language pathologists working with multilingual children. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Vandermosten M., Vanderauwera J., Theys C., De Vos A., Vanvooren S., Sunaert S., Wouters J. and Ghesquière P. (2015) A DTI tractography study in pre-readers at risk for dyslexia. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 14: 8-15.
  • Theys C., Wouters J. and Ghesquière P. (2014) Diffusion tensor imaging and resting-state functional MRI-scanning in 5- and 6-year-old children: Training protocol and motion assessment. PLoS ONE 9(4)
  • Theys C., De Nil L., Thijs V., van Wieringen A. and Sunaert S. (2013) A crucial role for the cortico-striato-cortical loop in the pathogenesis of stroke-related neurogenic stuttering. Human Brain Mapping 34(9): 2103-2112.