Professor Ray Wilkinson, BSc, MA, PhD, MRCSLT.

Ray Wilkinson

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

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2449

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Ray Wilkinson is Professor of Human Communication in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Previously he worked at University College London and the University of Manchester, and as a speech and language therapist in the NHS. He was an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Fellow between 2008 and 2011, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2004 and 2011.

Research Interests

Ray Wilkinson’s research focuses on human communication within everyday social interaction, and in particular how participants manage communication when one or more of them do not have the full set of linguistic or cognitive resources available to a neurotypical adult native language speaker. Much of his work investigates the nature of atypical interaction, in particular social interactions involving people with acquired brain damage such as aphasia and the communicative impairments secondary to dementia or traumatic brain injury. He has also published on the development of interactional competence in normally-developing children, and on the communicative conduct of non-human primates. He is a co-author of SPPARC (Supporting Partners of People with Aphasia in Relationships and Conversation), a clinical assessment and intervention resource for speech and language therapists, and has published a number of papers on how interaction-focused intervention can improve everyday communication for people with aphasia and their significant others.

Recent publications

Griffiths, S., Barnes, R., Britten, N. & Wilkinson, R. (2015) Multiple repair sequences in everyday conversations involving people with Parkinson’s Disease. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 50; 6; 814-829

Kindell, J., Wilkinson, R. & Keady, J. (2015) Using video and biographical methods to explore home-based interaction in semantic dementia. Gerontologist 55: 382

Penn, C., Frankel, T. & Wilkinson, R. (2015) Problems with the understandability of aphasic talk: Mentions of persons as a trouble source in interaction. Aphasiology 29; 3; 291-314

Rendle-Short, J., Wilkinson, R. & Danby, S. (2015) Name-calling by a child with Asperger’s syndrome. In: M. O’Reilly. & J. Lester (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Child Mental Health. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Pp. 350-366).

Saldert, C., Johannson, C. & Wilkinson, R. (2015) An interaction-focused approach to training everyday communication partners: A single case study. Aphasiology 29; 3; 378-399

Wilkinson, R. (2015) Conversation and aphasia: Advances in analysis and intervention. Aphasiology 29; 3; 257-268

Wilkinson, R. (Ed.) (2015) Conversation and aphasia: Advances in analysis and intervention. Special Issue of Aphasiology. 29; 3