Dr Rebecca Palmer

Reader in Communication and Stroke Rehabilitation

School of Health and Related Research

Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research Expertise:

  • Use of technology for self managed rehabilitation in the long term after a stroke
  • Dysarthria and aphasia assessment and treatment
  • Process of informed consent with people with language disorders


Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 0863
Email: r.l.palmer@sheffield.ac.uk
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I am a speech and language therapist specialising in adult neurological conditions. I have 20 years of experience working in the field of stroke rehabilitation. I gained a PhD in the treatment of dysarthria using speech recognition technology from the University of Sheffield in 2005.

I was awarded the HEFCE-NIHR Senior Academic Clinical Lectureship and work both clinically and academically. I was chief investigator of the Big CACTUS trial investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of aphasia computer treatment versus usual stimulation or attention control long term post stroke. I have also implemented models of computerised speech and language therapy tested in research, in clinical practice.

I am currently the trustee for Research and Development for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Research Projects:

  • HEFCE-NIHR Senior Academic Clinical Lectureship, 2012-2017 [£250,000]
  • Chief investigator – Big CACTUS trial, 2013-2018 [NIHR HTA grant £1.5 million]
  • Collaborator – Why do stroke patients not receive the recommended amount of therapy? 2014-2017 [NIHR RfPB grant £347,089] (CI David Clarke, Leeds)