Dr Sam Harding, BSc, MSc, MPhil, DHealthPsych

Senior Research Associate

I am a Health Psychologist with qualifications in research methods and medical education.  Over the last twenty years I have conducted research with, and on behalf of the NHS, charities, and commercial research organisations.  I call upon a unique mix of psychology methods and frameworks to answer research questions.
I’ve had the great fortune to work in primary and secondary health care settings and to have experience across diverse fields including; hyperbaric medicine, chronic respiratory disease, maxillofacial cancer, and speech and language.  I have generally focused on the impact of disease and treatment on the biological, psychological and social aspects of patients.
As well as being part of the BSLTRU team, I have also have the opportunity to initiate and deliver a number of research projects, which are various stages of dissemination.

Current research

  • Parental understanding of speech and language impairment in their preschool children
  • Positive psychological change

Selected publications

  • Klatte, I.S., Harding, S. & Roulstone, S. 2019. Speech and language therapists' views on parents' engagement in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2019 Feb 7. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12459.
  • Harding, S. 2018. The trajectory of positive psychological change in a head and neck cancer population. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2018 May;47(5):578-584. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2017.09.010.
  • Harding, S. & Moss, T.P. 2018. The impact of treatment for head and neck cancer on positive psychological change within a year of completing treatment. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2018 Mar;47(3):302-308. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2017.07.023. 
  • Wren, Y., Harding, S., Goldbart, J. and Roulstone, S. 2018. A systematic review and classification of interventions for speech sound disorder in preschool children. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders.
  • 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, London: The Communication Trust. Available at: www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/involve.
  • Marshall, J., Harding, S. & Roulstone, S., 2016. Language development, delay and intervention-the views of parents from communities that speech and language therapy managers in England consider to be under-served. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1460-6984.12288/full.
  • Blackwell, A.K.M. et al., 2015. Characteristics of Parent–Child Interactions. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 36(2). Available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1525740114540202
Linked profiles of academic outputs




Web of Science ResearcherID: J-2952-2019


Bristol Medical School - Paediatrics and child health