Helen Cameron, BSc, MSc, MRCSLT, RegHCPC, FHEA

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

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 2422
email: h.m.cameron@sheffield.ac.uk


I have been a University Teacher in the Department of Human Communication Sciences since October 2014. Alongside my teaching role, I am also a Postgraduate Research Student here in the department undertaking a PhD focusing on analysing clinical and everyday interactions in young children with autism. I am a qualified speech and language therapist and continue to work within the Phillipa Cottam Communication Clinic with a particular involvement with Sheffield Small Talk, a parent-child group for children with speech, language and communication needs.
I trained as a speech and language therapist in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2000-2004) and have since worked in a variety of settings providing therapy to children and young adults. I completed a MSc. in Language and Communication Impairment in Children (2009-2012) with the Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, as a distance learning student while continuing to work in Dublin. Following this, I was awarded a Faculty Scholarship and moved to Sheffield to begin my PhD in October 2012.


I teach on a variety of topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level including language and cognitive development in children; developmental speech, language and communication needs; qualitative research methods; evidence based practice and social psychology of communication impairments. I also coordinate and assess students on a number of clinical placement modules and supervise dissertations for both clinical and non-clinical students. In addition to my teaching within the department of Human Communication Sciences I also contribute to teaching about speech, language and communication needs on the DEdCPsy Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology and interacting with children on the BMedSci Orthoptics programme.

Research Interests

  • Examining social interactions using conversation analysis, in particular exploring interactions involving children with autism and other language and communication difficulties
  • The role of speech and language therapists in the identification, assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders
  • Therapy provision for children and families with complex needs


  • Professor Ray Wilkinson (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Judy Clegg (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Tom Muskett (Leeds Beckett University)

Publications and Presentations

Cameron, H, & Muskett, T. (2016). Resistance, reluctance, and refusal in paediatric speech and language therapy. Paper presented at Atypical Interaction Conference, Odense, Denmark.

Cameron, H., Clegg, J. & Rohde, C. (2014). Helping parents help parents: Collaborating with parents in establishing a support group for families of young children with SLCN. Poster presentation at Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Conference, Leeds, UK.

Cameron, H. & Muskett, T. (2014). Recognising Autism Spectrum Disorders in primary care: Perspectives of speech and language therapists. Child Care in Practice, 20 (3), 313-328.

Cameron, H. & Muskett, T. (2013). Recognising autism in primary care: Perspectives of speech and language therapists. Poster presentation, Health and Social Care Professionals Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Cameron, H. & Muskett, T. (2013). Speech and language therapists’ experience of identifying children with ASD. Paper presented at Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Cameron, H. (2009). Making Tallaght a place for children: Establishing a preschool SLT service as part of a wider community initiative. Poster presentation at Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists Conference, Galway, Ireland.


  • Student Engagement Project (with Dr Judy Clegg) (2016)
  • Academic and Learning Services Teaching Grant (with Dr Kate Trott and Dr Jenny Thomson) (2015)
  • Curriculum Development Fund (with Dr Judy Clegg) (2014)
  • Faculty PhD Scholarship, University of Sheffield (2012)