UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Merle Mahon

Dr Merle Mahon

Associate Professor

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
8th Feb 2004

Research summary

 My research focuses on deaf children's spoken language development and on the role of gesture in language development. I am currently collaborating with colleagues in the multi-centre BEARS study funded by NIHR award 201608,examining outcomes for deaf children and deaf teenagers who use cochlear implants. My research interests also include bi/multilingualism and how children learn spoken English when English is an additional language at home.

I use both qualitative and quantitative research methods (Conversation Analysis, questionnaire and interview techniques, experimental designs). Much of my work involves the collection, analysis  and archiving of longitudinal video data sets.

Collaborators: Dr Debi Vickers (Cambridge University); Dr Frances Early (Cambridge UniversityHospitals NHS Foundation Trust); Dr Nejra van-Zalk (Imperial College London);  Prof Li Wei and Dr Froso Argyri (IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society); Prof Doris Bamiou (UCL Ear Institute)

Teaching summary

Departmental Graduate Tutor in the Language and Cognition Department, Division of Psychology and Language Science, Faculty of Brain Science UCL

Contributor to Modules SLAN0005; SLAN0006; PALS0004; 

Current PhD students:  Mario Bustos (with Dr Fiona Kyle);  Rima Alhaider (with Prof Chris Donlan); Disa Witkowska (with Prof Courtenay Norbury)


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1998
University of South Africa, Pretoria
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) | 1978
University of the Witwatersrand
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1972