Dr Lucy Dyson BMedSci, MRCSLT, Reg. HCPC, 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 am a University Teacher and Disability Liaison Officer in the Department of Human Communication Sciences. My main areas of teaching include fluency impairment, counselling and dysphagia. In addition, I coordinate and provide clinical assessment on modules related to speech and language therapy clinical placements.

I completed my PhD in 2017, funded by a Junior Research Training Fellowship from The Stroke Association. I investigated the assessment of semantic processing in people with aphasia and explored the relationship between cognitive processing and performance on tests of semantics. 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 Professor Rosemary Varley.

I have clinical experience as a Speech and Language Therapist with a wide range of paediatric and adult client groups. I specialise in supporting 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 also the Team Lead for the Rotherham Stroke Rehabilitation Team, which provides a continuous rehabilitation pathway for clients up to six months post-stroke.

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 and cognitive assessment post-stroke
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Computer-based therapies for acquired communication difficulties
  • The psychosocial impact of acquired communication difficulties and stammering

Previous projects

  • Semantic and cognitive processing in aphasia. Collaborators: Dr. Ruth Herbert, Dr. Jane Morgan (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Richard Body, Dr Catherine Tattersall.
  • Self-administered behavioural intervention for word production impairments in aphasia and apraxia. Collaborators: Prof. Rosemary Varley (Principle Investigator), Prof. Sandra Whiteside & Prof. Patricia Cowell (HCS), Dr. Catrin Blank (Neurology), Dr. Tracey Young (ScHARR),
  • Therapy software for anomia rehabilitation: STAR. Collaborator: Dr Ruth Herbert


  • 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