Professor Shelagh Brumfitt

PhD, M.Phil, DipCST, CertMRCSLT (Hons), Reg HPC, Senate Award Fellow

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

Emeritus Professor

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Professor Shelagh Brumfitt
Human Communication Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS

Shelagh Brumfitt is a Professor of Speech and Language Therapy Education at the University of Sheffield and a registered speech and language therapist.

From 1997-1999 she was Chair of the Academic Board of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and a member of several Royal College committees concerned with the education of speech and language therapists.

She has served as Sub Dean for undergraduate affairs for the Faculty of Social Sciences in this university from 2000-2003 and served on many Faculty of Medicine and Social Sciences committees, Senate and university working groups. She has national and international experience in external examining; at several different universities in the UK for the Speech and Language Therapy prequalification degrees and also for awards of higher degrees. Recently she has been involved with the evaluation of new speech and language therapy degrees in various European Universities.


  • 2006 Honours of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists for Distinguished service to the professional body
  • 2007 Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (sustained excellence).
Research interests
  • The psychosocial effects of communication impairment, specifically in the area of aphasia. She has developed a measurement of self esteem which is suitable for people with aphasia and which has been used widely in this country and internationally VASES, It is now translated into Norwegian.
  • Stammering and cluttering Non pharmacological treatments for stuttering project.
  • Impact of communication impairment on social context, accessible information development project.
  • Book in preparation, Applying psychology for effective speech and language therapy practice, joint authorship: with Dr Sarah James Leeds Metropolitan University. J & R.

Current projects

  • Baxter, S; Enderby, P; Brumfitt, S; Johnston, M; Blank, L; Goyder, L (National Institute for Health Reseach. Health Technology Assessment Programme). Non-pharmacological treatments for stuttering in children and adults: a systematic review of effectiveness, and exploration of barriers to successful outcomes (£138,009)
  • Stroke Theme: Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Social participation in long term stroke. 


  • Dr Sue Baxter, Research Fellow Section in Public Health ScHARR, University of Sheffield.
  • Professor Pam Enderby, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Ruth Herbert, Human Communication Sciences
  • Dr Sarah James, Leeds Metropolitan University
Professional activities and memberships

I have been a reviewer for various Journals including: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry; Aphasiology; Disability and Rehabilitation; Colin Whurr Publishers; International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders; British Journal of Medical Ethics.

I have served on many professional accreditation panels in the UK and other countries.

Key publications
  1. Brumfitt, S.M. (ed) 2010 Psychological well being and acquired communication impairment. Chichester, West Sussex. Wiley-Blackwell
  2. (Brumfitt, S. M. & Gray, C 2009 The Speech and Language Therapist. In Doel, M and Sharrard, (eds) Practice Learning in health care
  3. James, S; Brumfitt, S.M; Cowell, P.E 2009 The influence of communication situation on self report in people who stutter. Int Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 11:1 34-44
  4. Baxter, S. K. & Brumfitt, S.M. 2008 Professional differences in interprofessional working. J of Interprofessional Care Vol 22 Iss 3 June 239-251
  5. Baxter, S., K. & Brumfitt, S. M. 2008. Once a week is not enough: evaluating current measures of teamworking in stroke. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 241-247.