Dr Judy Clegg, BSc, PhD, FRCSLT.

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

Tel: +44 (0) 114 22 22450
Fax: +44 (0) 114 2222439

email : j.clegg@sheffield.ac.uk


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 (http://cottomcommunicationclinic.group.shef.ac.uk/smalltalk.html). 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.

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

Selected publications

Hopkins, T., Clegg, J. & Stackhouse, J. (Accepted May 2017). Examining the association between language, expository discourse and offending behaviour: an investigation of direction, strength and independent. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders.

Spencer, S. Clegg, J., & Stackhouse, J. (April 2017). Increasing adolescents’ depth of understanding of cross-curricular words: an intervention study. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, DOI: 10.1111/1460-6984

Bishop, D.V.M., Snowling, M.J., Thompson, P.A., Greenhalgh, T., & the CATALISE -2 Consortium (March 2017). Phase 2 of CATALISE: a multinational and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study of problems with language development: Terminology. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1111/jcpp.12721
Note: I am a member of the CATALISE Consortium on this paper

Spencer, S., Clegg, J., Stackhouse, J. & Rush, R. (2017)The contribution of spoken language and socioeconomic background to adolescents’ educational achievement at age 16 years. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 52,2,184-196

Hopkins, T., Clegg, J., & Stackhouse, J.(2016) Young offenders’ perspectives on their literacy and communication. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders

Clegg, J. Law, J., Rush, R., Peters, T.J., & Roulstone, S. (2015). The contribution of early language development to children's emotional and behavioural functioning at 6 years: an analysis of data from the Children in Focus sample from the ALSPAC birth cohort. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 56, 1, 67-75

Law, J., Rush, R., Clegg, J., Peters, T., & Roulstone, S. (2015). The role of pragmatic language in mediating the relationship between social disadvantage and adolescent behaviour. Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics, 36, 5, 389-398

Clegg, J., Ansorge, L., Stackhouse, J., & Donlan, C. (2012). Developmental communication impairment in adults: outcomes and life experiences of adults and their parents. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 43, 4, 521-535.

Clegg, J., Hollis, C., Mawhood, L., Rutter, M. (2005). Developmental language disorders – a follow-up in later adult life. Cognitive, language and psychosocial outcomes. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 46, 2, 128-149.