Dr Lydia Morgan, BmedSci, PGCert, PhD

Dr Lydia Morgan, BmedSci, PGCert, PhD

Research Associate

I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2006 from Sheffield University. Since then I have primarily worked in research, completing a PhD in 2013 exploring evidence of deficit and theory of therapy in children with specific receptive language impairment. In recent years I’ve been working half time clinically, with adults in the acute settings, as well as half time in research.

My primary research interests are in theories of therapy and language impairments. I have worked on a range of projects at the unit, including a three year NIHR funded programme (Child Talk What Works), a commissioned project for the Communication Trust, and most recently a cohort study with the UK Cleft Collective. These diverse programmes of work have given me experience with qualitative and quantitative data, as well as systematic reviews. I’m particularly interested in theories of therapy, and since working clinically, understanding how we can strive to join up research with clinical practice.

Current research

A preliminary investigation into the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of speech & language therapist led interventions for children with speech sound disorder versus programmes delivered by assistants.

Selected publications
  • Morgan, L. and Wren, Y. 2018. A Systematic Review of the Literature on Early vocalizations and Babbling Patterns in Young Children.  Communication Disorders Quarterly.
  • Roulstone S, Harding S, & Morgan L. 2016. Exploring the involvement of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and their families in decision making – a research project. The Communication Trust.
  • S.E. Roulstone, J.E.Marshall, G.G. Powell, J. Goldbart, Y.E. Wren, J. Coad, N. Daykin, J.E. Powell, L. Lascelles, W. Hollingworth, A. Emond, T.J. Peters, J.I. Pollock, C. Fernandes, J. Moultrie, S.A. Harding, L. Morgan, H.F. Hambly, N.K. Parker, R.A. Coad. (2015) Evidence based intervention for preschool children with primary speech and language impairments – An exploratory mixed methods study. Programme Grants for Applied Research. NIHR Journals Library www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk
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