Dr Isabel Windeatt-Harrison

BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA

Human Communication Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery

Research Associate


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Dr Isabel Windeatt-Harrison
Human Communication Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS

I received my PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2021. I analysed how people with aphasia and their companions use and understand silence within everyday conversations using the methodology of conversation analysis (CA).

Following this, I undertook a role as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham on the VOICE2 project. This project examined how to avoid, manage, and resolve episodes of distress in people living with dementia in UK acute hospital wards. In 2023, I returned to the University of Sheffield and began work on the NIHR HS&DR-funded project Improving triadic decision-making involving people with dementia. This is a cross-sectional and longitudinal conversation analytic study examining how healthcare professionals, patients and their companions/carers are involved in making decisions and how decision-making evolves as a person’s dementia progresses. 

I also hold an honorary position at the University of Nottingham, and I run the Dementia and Conversation Analysis Network (DemCAN), an international monthly online meeting of CA researchers. DemCAN serves as a platform for those undertaking dementia research to collaborate by sharing their data and gaining analytic insights from other researchers. 


2021: PhD in Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield

2013: MA in Applied Linguistics: Forensic Linguistics, Aston University

2012: BA (Hons) English, University of Nottingham

Research interests
  • The application of conversation analysis to atypical interaction.
  • The communication of people living with dementia and their conversation partners, particularly within medical interactions.
  • Communication of people with aphasia and their conversation partners. 

Journal articles

Teaching interests

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and have previously taught modules at the University of Sheffield, including

  • HCS1001: Information Skills for Human Communication Sciences
  • HCS1002/HCS6305: Introduction to Practical Linguistics
  • ELL112: Sounds of English

I also taught study skills in Sheffield’s 301 Academic Skills Centre as an Academic Skills Tutor. My current teaching interests include conversation analysis and any areas of practical and/or applied linguistics.