Ms Alexandra Sturrock

Clinical Lecturer (Teaching Focused)

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PhD Research (2014-2020 P/T)

The focus of my PhD research has been on the language and communication differences of females and males with autism and high-functioning intellectual ability (HFASD). This has brought together areas of clinical interest through my role as a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in autism diagnosis and intervention. The study brings together two strands of research; understanding the presentation of females with autism, and the communicative difficulties of individuals with HFASD from both sexes. In this way I hope the results will have clinical implications for the more timely diagnosis of females with autism and therapy provision for individuals with HFASD more generally.

The study is divided into three stages: Firstly females and males with and without autism will be compared on a range of structural language and communicative measures. This will be undertaken in middle childhood during primary school.

The second stage will qualitatively investigate the impact of communicative difficulties in both ASD children groups.

Finally longitudinal data will be gathered in secondary school; comparing pragmatic and functional measures. 

My PhD supervisors are:

Dr Catherine Adams & Dr Jenny Freed 


Clinical lecturing

Lead for Developmental Language Disorders 1 (2017-18)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Overseeing course module; lecture content, summative and formative assessment and marking


Teaching on Linguistics Phonetics and Language Development (2017-18)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Developing course content and presenting on sentence structure, sentence function, semantics and pragmatics


Teaching on Children with Developmental Disabilities (2017-18)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Developing and presenting course content on autism spectrum disorder: assessment and intervention


Teaching Clinical Professional Practice (2017-18)

BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy

Presenting a workshop on a day in the life of an SLT working in specialist autism provision


External positions

Autism Diagnostician/Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Private practice, Speech and Language Therapy provision


  • Speech & Language Therapist, Specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Clinical Lecturer, PhD Researcher

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2014 - Post Graduate Diploma: Autism Spectrum Conditions, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
  • 2005 - BA Hons - Linguistics & Spanish, The University of Salford
  • 2009 - Masters in Medical Science: Human Communication Disorders, The University of Sheffield

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