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Academic Staff
Wendy Best
Professor of Communication Science and Language Therapy
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4257
Research:  Investigation of and therapy for speech and language difficulties in children and adults. Current projects focus on: word-finding, gesture, auditory comprehension and conversation. Facilitating links between research and clinical practice. Previous research has included work with people with anomia, developmental dyslexia, category specific semantic disorder and with word sound deafness.
Suzanne Bow
Teaching Fellow
+44 (0) 20 7679 4268
Research: Inclusive Practice
Michael Clarke
Senior Lecturer
+44 (0) 20 7679 4253
Research: My research interests include the development of social communication in non-speaking children with complex motor disorders, outcomes of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) interventions, and AAC devise usability.
Chris Donlan
Deputy to Head of Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
+44 (0) 20 7679 4243
Research: Language and mathematical cognition, with a special interest in development and disorders. Most of my research has been with children with Specific Language Impairments (SLI). Recent findings concern the impact of SLI on the development of mathematical language, skills, and concepts.mathematical language. Associated with the following HCS research categories: Development, Language, and Cognitive Science
Simon Grobler
Teaching Fellow
+44 (0) 20 7679 4176


Community rehabilitation for adults with communication and swallowing disorders. Social reintegration for people with chronic communication disorders; COPD and dysphagia LSVT; Optimising student placements for the benefit of both students and service.

Lorna Halliday
+44 (0) 20 7679 4265
Research: Auditory processing; Developmental disorders of communication (dyslexia, SLI, mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss); Auditory training.
Laura Hogben
Teaching Fellow
+44 (0) 20 7679 4229
Research: tbc
Charles Hulme
+44 (0) 20 7679 4285
Research:  Current research interests include the development of reading and language skills in children, and developmental disorders of these skills.  He has published widely on different developmental disorders including Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Speech and Language Impairment, and genetic disorders including Down syndrome and Williams syndrome.  He has wide experience of Randomised Controlled Trials evaluating treatments for reading and language difficulties in children.
Merle Mahon
Senior Lecturer
+44 (0) 20 7679 4036
Research: Interaction and spoken language development in deaf children; deaf and hearing children for whom English is an additional language; Conversation Analysis methodology.
Caroline Newton
+44 (0) 20 7679 4222
Research: Research currently focusing on: The assessment of speech discrimination skills in various clinical populations, in particular the use of eye gaze as a means of assessment; Long-term outcomes for children provided with augmentative and alternative communication systems; The impact of unfamiliar speaker accent on auditory comprehension in adults with aphasia.
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Lecturer in Developmental Clinical Linguistics
+44 (0) 207 679 4277
Research:Typical and atypical language development, especially the syntactic development in children with developmental disorders: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome; acquisition of Serbian/Croatian
Rachel Rees
Teaching Fellow
+44 (0) 20 7679 4226
Research: Deaf children's speech processing skills, assessment of deaf children's speech, role of orthography in deaf children's speech development, effects of Cued Speech on speech and literacy development
Anne Schlottmann
Reader in Cognitive Development & Third Year Tutor
+44 (0) 20 7679 5383
Research: Cognitive development; causal reasoning and perception in children and adults; probability understanding in children; Information Integration Theory
Sarah Simpson
+44 (0) 20 7679 4218
Research: Speech and language therapist interested in the links between written and spoken language difficulties in children of school age. Associated with the following HCS research categories: Development, Language, and Cognitive Science
Nichola Stuart
Teaching Fellow
+44 (0) 20 7679 4265

Research:Typical and atypical language and literacy development (with a focus on Specific Language Impairment and Developmental Dyslexia); the phonological difficulties that characterise both SLI and dyslexia and the semantic/syntactic interface in SLI.
John Swettenham
Senior Lecturer
+44 (0) 20 7679 4220
Research: Processes underlying the development of social communication in normal and abnormal populations. This includes work on attention and perception, joint attention and face processing in autism. Associated with the following HCS research categories: Development, Language, and Cognitive Science
Janet Wood
+44 (0) 20 7679 4241
Research: Interagency service development for children with speech and language difficulties: an investigation within a naturalistic setting.

Kelly Burgoyne

+44 (0) 20 7679 4292

Research: Previously she worked as a Research Fellow with Down Syndrome Education International. Kelly’s research interests focus on reading and language development for typically-developing children and children with intellectual disability, and on developing and evaluating interventions to support these skills. 
Lucy Hughes
+44 (0) 20 7679 4283
Research: investigation of word-finding difficulties in children and how these can be remediated. I am currently working on an ESRC-funded project, which brings together researchers from three institutions: UCL, Birkbeck and the Institute of Education.
Maria Kyriacou
+44 (0) 20 7679 4293
Research: Maria’s research interests include the writing and language development of children from birth to eleven, the assessment of writing skills, and the design and evaluation of experimental interventions to improve children’s literacy.
Samantha Wallis
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Research: Functional gaze control in young children with cerebral palsy.
Jan Atkinson
Emeritus Professor
+44 (0) 20 7679 7574
Research: Visual development in term & preterm infants, infant vision screening, development of visual attention, visual development in children with Williams Syndrome.

Oliver Braddick
Visiting Professor

+44 1865 271410

Research: Visual processes: local and global processing in motion, pattern, and spatial vision. Visual and visuomotor development in infants and children.

Roz Barker

Principal Speech and Language Therapist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Cochlear Implant Programme
+44 (0) 20 7813 8316
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Research: Deafness and Cochlear Implants

Lindsey Edwards

Principal Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Cochlear Implant Programme

+44 (0) 20 7813 8316
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Research: Cochlear Implants
Gisela Szagun
Research:Language development in children with normal hearing and children with cochlear implants; inflectional morphology; developmental model of multiple influences on language development in children with cochlear implants.
Mairead MacSweeney
+44 (0) 20 7679 1157
Research: Neuropsychology of language processing in deaf people: BSL, speechreading and text reading. Cognitive development in deaf children.
Frances Rice
Honorary Lecturer
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4257
Research:  I am interested in developmental psychopathology, especially the aetiology of emotional problems in young people. I use a number of approaches to try and identify proximal risk factors for psychopathology in children and adolescents including behaviour genetics, quasi-experimental designs, longitudinal research and neuroimaging.
Clinical Doctorate

Pam Czerniewska
Research Student
Prinicipal Supervisor:

Dr John Swettenham

Secondary Supervisor:
Dr Shula Chiat, Elaine Clark

Research: Autistic spectrum disorder; interventions for under 5's; parent support.

Autism; socio-developmental approaches; group-based intervention.

Katherine Price
Research Student
Principal Supervisor
Dr Michael Clarke
Secondary Supervisor
Dr John Swettenham
Research: Communication difficulties for children with cerebral palsy
Research Students
Maryam Bahakeem
Research: Typical phonological development in Saudi Arabic-speaking children.
Francina Clayton
Research: The typical and atypical development of reading skills in children; in particular how letter speech-sound correspondences are learnt and contribute to reading acquisition.
Fleur Corbett
Research Student
Principal Supervisor
Jan Atkinson
Research: Examination of the contribution of visual perceptual processing deficits to Developmental Coordination Disorder
Hannah Dyson
Research: Vocabulary acquisition and its effects on reading comprehension
Tom Griffiths
Research: Development of social cognition in children with cerebral palsy.
Louisa Kulke
Research: Typical and atypical development of attention in infants and the brain connections involved in this development.
Julian Tillmann
Research: Development of multisensory integration and attention in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Lulin Zhou
Research: Cognitive skills as predictors of learning to read Chinese characters.
Executive Officer
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Executive Officer
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4245
Executive Officer and Postgraduate Administrator to Developmental Science

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