Dr Richard Body BA, PhD, MRCSLT

Richard Body

Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom

email : r.body@sheffield.ac.uk


I joined the department in June 2001 after 18 years working as a speech and language therapist in London, Cardiff and Sheffield. Prior to specialising in the field of traumatic brain injury I had clinical experience of working with adults in the areas of voice, fluency and acquired neurological disorders. My specialism in traumatic brain injury was developed through working for twelve years at the Head Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Sheffield and a further three with the Community Brain Injury Service (also in Sheffield). Between 1989 and 1992 I was Head of the Speech and Language Therapy Department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.

Research interests

  • Social interaction in clinical populations, particularly traumatic brain injury and autism
  • Conversation analysis and discursive psychology as analytical approaches
  • Clinical ethics in speech and language therapy


  • Dr Tom Muskett & Prof Mick Perkins (HCS)
  • Mark Parker, Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Lindy McAllister, Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Key publications

  • Muskett, T., Body, R. & Perkins, M. (in press). A Discursive Psychology critique of semantic verbal fluency assessment and its interpretation. Theory & Psychology.
  • Body, R. & Muskett, T. (in press). Pandas and penguins, monkeys and caterpillars: problems of cluster analysis in semantic verbal fluency. Qualitative Research in Psychology.
  • Muskett, T., Body, R., & Perkins, M. (2012). Uncovering the dynamic in static assessment interaction. Child Language Teaching Therapy, 28, 87-99.
  • Muskett, T., Perkins, P., Clegg, J., & Body, R. (2010). Inflexibility as an interactional phenomenon: using conversation analysis to re-examine a symptom of autism. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 24, 1-16.
  • Body, R. & McAllister, L. (2009) Ethics in Speech and Language Therapy, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.