Dr Lucy Dyson BMedSci, MRCSLT, Reg. HPC, PhD

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

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2408

email : lucy.dyson@sheffield.ac.uk


I currently work as a University Teacher in the Department of Human Communication Sciences. My main areas of teaching include fluency, counselling and dysphagia. In addition I coordinate and provide clinical assessment on modules related to speech and language therapy clinical placements.

In 2011 I was awarded a Junior Research Training Fellowship by The Stroke Association. I am investigating the assessment of semantic processing in people with aphasia and also exploring of the relationship between cognitive processing and performance on tests of semantics. This research will form my PhD thesis.

I have a long track record of involvement in research in the department; I have worked on previous projects investigating computer-based therapies for adults with acquired communication difficulties with Dr Ruth Herbert and also Professor Rosemary Varley.

I have worked clinically as a Speech and Language Therapist with a wide range of paediatric and adult client groups. I have specialised in working with adults with acquired neurological conditions and adults who stammer, and provide speech and language therapy for both of these client groups in the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

I am a registered member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council.

Research interests

  • Aphasia
  • Semantic processing in aphasia
  • Cognitive assessment post-stroke
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Computer-based therapies for acquired communication difficulties

Previous projects

  • Self-administered behavioural intervention for word production impairments in aphasia and apraxia, with Rosemary Varley, Sandra Whiteside & Patricia Cowell (HCS), Catrin Blank (Neurology), Tracey Young (ScHARR), funded by The BUPA Foundation.
  • Therapy software for anomia rehabilitation: STAR, with Ruth Herbert, funded by the Yorkshire concept Proof of Commercial Concept Fund.


  • Dr. Ruth Herbert, Dr. Richard Body, Prof. Sandra Whiteside, Prof. Patricia Cowell, University of Sheffield.
  • Dr. Jane Morgan, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Prof. Rosemary Varley, University College London.


  • 1. Dyson, L., Morgan, J., Body, R., and Herbert, R. (2016). Assessment of lexical semantics in healthy speakers and people with aphasia. Frontiers Psychol. Conference Abstract: 54th Annual Academy of Aphasia Meeting. https://doi.org/10.3389/conf.fpsyg.2016.68.00117
  • 2. Varley, R., Cowell, P. E., Dyson, L., Inglis, L., Roper, A., & Whiteside, S. P. (2016). Self-Administered Computer Therapy for Apraxia of Speech: Two-Period Randomized Control Trial with Crossover. Stroke, 47 (3), 822-828. https://doi.org/10.1161/strokeaha.115.011939
  • 3. Whiteside, S. P., Dyson, L., Cowell, P. E., & Varley, R. A. (2015). The Relationship Between Apraxia of Speech and Oral Apraxia: Association or Dissociation?. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 30 (7), 670-682. https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acv051
  • 4. Herbert, R., Webster, D., Dyson, L. (2012). Effects of syntactic cueing therapy on picture naming and connected speech in acquired aphasia. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22, 609-633. https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2012.679030
  • 5. Whiteside, S.P., Inglis, A.L., Dyson, L., Roper, A., Harbottle, A., Ryder, J., Cowell, P.E., & Varley, R.A. (2012). Error reduction therapy in reducing struggle and grope behaviours in apraxia of speech. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 22 (2), 267–294. https://doi.org/10.1080/09602011.2011.639614