Professor Rebecca Palmer


Dr Rebecca Palmer

Reader in Communication and Stroke Rehabilitation

Department: School of Health and Related Research

Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Research expertise

  • Use of technology for self managed rehabilitation in the long term after a stroke

  • Dysarthria and aphasia assessment and treatment

  • Process of informed consent with people with language disorders


Telephone: +44 114 222 0863


University profile


I am a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in adult neurological conditions. I have 20 years of experience working in the field of stroke rehabilitation. I gained a PhD in the treatment of dysarthria using speech recognition technology from the University of Sheffield in 2005.

I was awarded the HEFCE-NIHR Senior Academic Clinical Lectureship and work both clinically and academically. I was Chief Investigator of the Big CACTUS trial investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of aphasia computer treatment versus usual stimulation or attention control long term post stroke. I have also implemented models of computerised speech and language therapy tested in research, in clinical practice.

I am currently the trustee for Research and Development for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Current research projects

  • HEFCE-NIHR Senior Academic Clinical Lectureship, 2012-2017 (£250,000).

  • Chief Investigator – Big CACTUS trial, 2013-2018 (NIHR HTA grant £1.5 million).

  • Collaborator – Why do stroke patients not receive the recommended amount of therapy? 2014-2017 (NIHR RfPB grant £347,089) CI David Clarke, Leeds.