Nor Azrita Mohamed Zain, BSc, MPhil

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

Tel: +44 (0)114 22 22400
Fax: +44 (0)114 2222439



I received an undergraduate degree in speech sciences (BSc (Honours) in Speech Sciences) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2003. Following this, I worked as a speech and language therapist in a few private clinics for a few months before I started working as an assistant lecturer at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

I received an MPhil degree from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. For my master’s project I investigated the applicability of two language assessments, the Malaysian Developmental Language Assessment Kit and the Pragmatic Profile of Everyday Communication Skills in Children for use with bilingual Malay-speaking children. After the MPhil study I returned to work as a lecturer at the IIUM for three years before leaving again to further my studies.

Since November 2011, I am registered as a PhD student at the Department of Human Communication, University of Sheffield.

Research Interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Language impairments in children
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Parent-child interaction
  • Multicultural issues in typical and atypical communication

Research Project

My PhD project aims to explore the interactions between mothers and their typically-developing children or children with autism spectrum disorders using the Conversation Analysis approach.


Dr. Hilary Gardner and Dr. Thomas Muskett.


  1. Joint engagement between Malay-speaking mothers and their typically-developing children. Poster presentation at the Atypical Interaction Conference, Sheffield (June 2013).
  2. Joint engagement in interactions between Malay-speaking mothers and their typically developing pre-school children. Oral presentation at the Postgraduate Conference, Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield (July 2013).