Professor Judy Clegg


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

Professional Lead for Human Communication Sciences
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Professor Judy Clegg
Human Communication Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS

I am a Senior Lecturer in the department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield. I am the Director of Professional Education for the two speech and language therapy programmes, the BMedSci (Speech) and the MMedSci (Clinical Communication Sciences). I co-edit the journal Child Language Teaching and Therapy with Professor Vicky Joffe, City University, London, UK. I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and a Trustee of ICAN, the Children’s Communication Charity.

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1997 and completed my PhD in 2002. Prior to joining the department, I worked as a clinical Speech and Language Therapist in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire NHS Trust, St Andrews Hospital, Northampton and Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.

I hold an honorary clinical contract with the Sheffield Speech and Language Therapy Agency. Through this I work as a speech and language therapist with the tier 4 child and adolescent mental health services in Sheffield and through the Philippa Cottam Communication Clinic in the department where I lead the Small Talk clinic for pre-school children with developmental speech and language disorders. I am also a Registered Intermediary with the Home Office as part of the Vulnerable Witness Scheme. I am a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Research interests

My research addresses the needs of children, young people and adults with communication impairments, who grow up in high socio-economic deprivation, are involved in the criminal justice system and experience mental health difficulties from childhood to adult life.

  • Developmental trajectories and long term outcomes of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Impact of social disadvantage on children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Complex co-morbidity between speech and language development, social disadvantage, behaviour and mental health in children and adolescents
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of speech and language therapy interventions for children and adolescents

Current projects

  • Evaluating Elklan Talking Matters Programme. Funded by Elklan and the DfE. PI:Dr Judy Clegg
  • Investigating children’s language, communication and behaviour in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Funded by the Department for Education. PI: Professor Sue Roulstone, University of the West of England (UWE). Co-PI: Dr Judy Clegg
  • Evaluating the implementation of Intensive Interaction for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) in day service provision. Funded by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, University of Sheffield and NHS Sheffield. PI: Judy Clegg. RA: Rachael Black..
  • Communication for life: enabling effective communication for adolescents with severe and complex communication disability: an online learning resource. Funded by a Collaborative Research & Development and Partnership Award, University of Sheffield and Freeman College, Sheffield. PI Judy Clegg and Sarah Spencer. RA: Carla Rohde.

Journal articles

  • Matei R & Ginsborg J (2017) Music performance anxiety in classical musicians - what we know about what works.. BJPsych International, 14(2), 33-35. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Current PhD Students

  • Indri Hapsari: Prevalence of language and communication difficulties of children in Indonesia.
  • Kate Blake: Interactions between the police interviewers and child witnesses.
  • Kim Turner: Language and communication of young offenders in the secure estate.
  • Helen Cameron: Interactions between speech and language therapists and children.
  • Rachael Black: Adults with learning disabilities.
  • Mary Hartshorne: Evaluating whole school language and communication programmes First supervisor