I am the director of The Literacy and Deafness Development Research Lab (The LADDER Lab). I am a chartered psychologist and my research focuses on the acquisition and development of literacy, language and cognitive skills in typical and atypical child populations. In particular, I am interested in how deaf children learn to read and spell and the cognitive correlates of reading success including speechreading, vocabulary and phonological skills. My work explores how different language experiences and backgrounds (use of spoken language, sign language or cochlear implant) shape deaf children's literacy outcomes and underlying processes.
I completed a PhD at Royal Holloway College, University of London followed by subsequent postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge, DCAL and the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Before joining DCAL as a lecturer, I was a senior lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire and at City, University of London, and a visiting associate professor at the Reading Research Center at the University of Stavanger, Norway.
Three common themes in my research programme are the identification of problems in literacy; understanding the cognitive and language processes that underpin reading and spelling; and developing effective interventions to remediate reading difficulties. My research is funded by the ESRC, the British Academy, the Nuffield Foundation and the Heather van der Lely Foundation. For further information about my research, please visit The LADDER Lab website www.ladder-lab.com
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