Research at Leeds Beckett
About Kim Turner
Kim is a highly specialist speech and language therapist. She has experience in qualitative and quantitative research projects and delivering University teaching.
She qualified as a speech and language therapist from City University in 2004. After qualifying she worked in a high secure, mental health hospital for seven years. It was whilst working here that she completed her Masters:- Communication Needs of the Male, Mentally Ill, High Secure Population. Whilst in post, Kim set up a new service working with deaf service users and developed a new communication assessment tool which is now recognised as the national standard for deaf, forensic clients. In 2010, Kim moved to work at HM YOI Feltham with male, young offenders and developed the SLT service there. In 2016 the service won the RCSLT Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation following becoming the first prison in the country to gain autism accreditation with the National Autistic Society.
Her postgraduate research focuses on the speech, language and communication skills of young men within the custodial youth justice system in England and how speech and language therapy is delivered to them.
She was joined Leeds Beckett from the University of Sheffield where she was previously employed as a University Teacher in the Human Communication Sciences Department.
Kim has a specific interest in the following areas:
- Adolescent language development
- Criminal justice - Mental health
- Autistic spectrum conditions
- Language and brain development
Her PhD focuses on further understanding the profile of language abilities of young people in custody and investigating how speech and language therapy is provided to this client group.