Professor Sue Roulstone, PhD, Med, DipCST, FRCSLT, DH

Professor Sue Roulstone, PhD, Med, DipCST, FRCSLT, DH

Emeritus Professor

Sue is Emeritus Professor at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She has been a member of the Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit since 1992 and was a Director here for fourteen years. Sue has worked as a speech and language therapist, a manager, a researcher and an educator and was Chair of the UK Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists from 2004-2006. She has carried out a number of service evaluations and consultations with parents, children and young people. She was a core member of the UK national research programme, the Better Communication Research Programme. This was commissioned by the UK government following the Bercow Review of Services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. From 2010-13, she led a large research programme funded by the National Institute of Health Research (Child Talk) to develop an evidence-based framework of interventions for preschool children which included the views of parents and experiences of children.

Current research

  • Sue’s research interests focus on preschool children with developmental speech and language disorders and include child and family perspectives, adult-child interaction therapies, professional judgement and evaluation of speech and language therapy.
  • Selected publications
  • Klatte, I. & Roulstone, S. (2016) The practical side of working with parent-child interaction therapy with children with language impairment.  Child Language Teaching & Therapy. v32 n3 p345-359
  • Wren Y., Miller, L.L., Peters, T.J., Emond, A. & Roulstone, S. (2016) The prevalence, characteristics and risk factors of persistent speech disorder. Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research. 59, 647-673.
  • Lyons, R. & Roulstone, S. (2016) Labels, identity, and narratives in children with primary speech and language impairments. International Journal of Speech-language Pathology. Early online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17549507.2016.1221455
  • Roulstone, S. (2015) Exploring the relationship between client perspectives, clinical expertise and research evidence, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 17:3, 211-221.
  • Roulstone,S.E., Marshall, J.E., Powell, G.G.,Goldbart,J., Wren, Y.E., Coad, J., Daykin, N., Powell, J.E., Lascelles, L., Hollingworth, W., Emond, A., Peters, T.J., Pollock, J., Fernandes, C., Moultrie, J., Harding, S.A., Morgan, L., Hambly, H.F., Parker, N.K. and Coad, R. (2015) Evidence-based intervention for preschool children with primary speech and language impairments: Child Talk – an exploratory mixed-methods study, Programme Grants for Applied Research,  3(5). https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/pgfar/RP-PG-0109-10073/#/
  • Law, J., Rush, R., Clegg, J., Peters, T.J. & Roulstone, S. (2015) The role of pragmatics in mediating the relationship between social disadvantage and adolescent behaviour. Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics, 36, 389-39.
Researchgate profile
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sue_Roulstone