Dr Anne Harding-Bell (nee Harding), PhD, FRCSLT

ann harding-bell

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

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2436
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 2439



I worked in a range of clinical contexts before specialising in cleft palate in 1985. I completed my PhD with Professor Pam Grunwell at De Montfort University in 1993 while working clinically with Dr Debbie Sell at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. We developed the GOS.SP.ASS speech assessment for cleft palate speech before I moved on to develop the specialist cleft palate speech and language therapy service based in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. In 2001 I developed and led the first post-graduate studies course in cleft palate speech in Cambridge. I subsequently joined the Department of Human Communication Sciences to contribute to the development of the Cleft Palate Studies programme in 2005. I have retired from my clinical post Cambridge but continue to lead the Post-Graduate Certificate in Cleft Palate Speech component of the Post Graduate Studies programme.

Research interests

  • nature of cleft palate speech with particular reference to developing speech
  • interceptive infant intervention with children born with cleft palate
  • methods for evaluating and reporting speech outcomes
  • impact of conductive hearing on developing speech in the cleft palate population
  • videotherapy as a support to face to face intervention for speech difficulties

Professional activities

Advisory Panel Member for the MOMENT (Management of Otitis Media with Effusion in Cleft Palate) Study, NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme, University of Manchester.
Training Developer for Cleft Palate Speech audit UK and USA including development of a DVD course


Dr Debbie Sell PhD OBE Great Ormond St Hospital London
Professor Sara Howard Department of Human Communication Sciences University of Sheffield

Recent Invited lectures include

2014 BAPRAS Advanced Educational Course in Cleft and Paediatric Plastic Surgery Manchester
2013 VPD Symposium Auckland
2011 VIII SILPS National Congress , Rome
2010 Panel Member ‘Cleft Palate Phonetic Transcription’: ICPLA,Oslo
2009 VPD Symposium Sydney

Key publications

  • Harding, A. & Howard, S. (2011) Phonological approaches to speech difficulties associated with cleft palate. In S. Howard & A. Lohmander (Eds) Cleft Palate Speech: Assessment and Intervention.Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.p.275-288
  • John, A., Sell, D., Sweeney, T., Harding-Bell, A. & Williams, A. (2006) The Cleft Audit Protocol for Speech—Augmented: A Validated and Reliable Measure for Auditing Cleft Speech. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 43(3):272-288.
  • Harding A., & Grunwell, P. (1998) Active versus passive cleft-type speech characteristics.International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 33: 329 -352.
  • Harding A. & Grunwell, P. (1996) Characteristics of cleft palate speech characteristics. European Journal of Disorders of Communication, 31(4): 331-358.
  • Grunwell, P. & Harding, A. (1996) A note on: Describing types of nasality. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 10: 157 - 161