School of Health and Related Research
Medicine, Dentistry and Health
- Speech and language impairments and therapy
- Augmentative and alternative communication
- Evaluation of allied health interventions
I am Professor of Community Rehabilitation at University of Sheffield. I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1970 and from an early stage in my career combined research with clinical practice. My PhD was awarded by Bristol University in 1983 where I studied assessment processes of dysarthria.
I was awarded a Fellowship of the College of Speech Therapists in the same year and a decade later (1993) was honoured with an MBE for services to speech and language therapy. I was awarded a doctor of science by the University of the West of England in 2000.
I was Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (1994) and served on many College committees over the last 20 years. I have been President of the Community Rehabilitation Team Network since its inception in 1996 and have served as the President of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation (1994 to 1996) following serving on many council committees associated with this interdisciplinary research Society.
I was given life membership to the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine in recognition of my contribution. I have assisted the Department of Health on several working groups related to guideline, policy and strategy development. I was Clinical Director of the South Yorkshire Comprehensive Local Research Network from 2008 to 2011.