Institute of Education


Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research & Practice

Supporting theoretical and applied research in the areas of spoken and written language and developing and understanding between language, literacy and numeracy.

Director: Professor Julie Dockrell

The Centre for Language, Literacy and Numeracy: Research & Practice (LLNR&P) is a cross-departmental unit within the UCL Institute of Education.

Our aim

We draw on a wide range of expertise from psychology, education, and speech and language therapy, aiming to identify the ways in which language and literacy skills work together to support learning and attainment.

Our distinctive focus is on the link between theory and practice and the evaluation of interventions to support oral language, literacy and numeracy competencies.

Our staff

Director of Centre

Professor Julie Dockrell


Professor Rob Savage, Professor of Psychology
Gill Brackenbury, SENJIT director
Dr Roberto Filippi, Associate Professor in Psychology and Special Educational Needs and Director of MULTAC
Professor Jane Hurry, Professor of Psychology of Education
Professor Chloë Marshall, Professor of Psychology, Language and Education, Director of the ALLICC lab
Professor Jackie Masterson, Professor of Psychology of Reading
Dr Emma Sumner, Lecturer in Psychology and Special Educational Needs
Dr Jo Van Herwegen, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology
Dr Claire Forrest, Research fellow

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS

Associates and visiting fellows

Dr Barbara Arfè, EdPsyLab, DPSS, University of Padua
Professor Richard Cowan, Professor of Psychology of Education, UCL Institute of Education
Ambra Fastelli, EdPsyLab, DPSS, University of Padua
Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou, UCL Institute of Education
Dr Jaime Balladares 
Dr Lucie Broc, BCL, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
Dr Susan Ebbels, Moor House School and UCL
Dr Lisa Fridkin, Teaching Fellow
Dr Frances Hampson-Jones, Former PhD Student
Angela Hobsbaum, Researcher
Dr Karin Keller, University of Basel
Dr Anna Llaurado, University of Barcelona
Ann Nordberg, University of Gothenburg
Dr Julie Radford, Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education
Dr Jeni Riley, Visiting Fellow, UCL Institute of Education
Professor Rhona Stainthorp, University of Reading
Professor Morag Stuart, Professor in the Psychology of Reading, UCL Institute of Education
Dr Joanna Vivash (DEdPsy), Cambridgeshire Community Educational Psychology Service, UK
Professor Dominic Wyse, Professor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, UCL Institute of Education

PhD and EdD students

Keeley Dobinson
Jennifer Donovan
Fifi Haji Zailani
Carolina Hernandez Jamasmie
Nelly Joye
Maria Mengisidou
Jana Parolkova



Upcoming and current projects:

Past projects include:


Most recent papers include:


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Areas of expertise

Our members have considerable expertise in the following areas:

  • Oral and written language development
  • Psychological processes in reading and spelling
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Speech, language and literacy difficulties
  • Typical and atypical language development
  • Numerical skills development and difficulties
  • Language development in deafness and hearing impairment.


We are currently involved in the revision of the national curriculum for English, in the COST action "an integrated and inclusive approach to language and literacy in Europe", in reviews for the nasen journals and in consultancy for the Educational Services of the Falkland Islands Government.

Julie Dockrell has been carrying a consultancy work in the Falklands Islands this February. This is quite a unique consultancy work commissioned by the Educational Services of the Falkland Islands Government. Julie spent two weeks advising the two schools of the island on their Special Educational Needs provision, assessing the needs and advising on appropriate arrangements.

Previous consultancy works include:

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For further information on our consultancy services, contact Professor Julie Dockrell.


Tools for practitioners

Resources produced by members of our centre useful for professionals and researchers:


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