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 bi/multilingualism and on deaf children's spoken language development and on the role of gesture in language development. I am particularly interested in how children learn spoken English when English is an additional language at home.  I am collaborating with colleagues in examining outcomes for deaf children and deaf teenagers who use cochlear implants. 

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); Prof Li Wei and Dr Froso Argyri (UCL Institute of Education); Prof Doris Bamiou (UCL Ear Institute)

Teaching summary

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

Contributor to Modules SLAN0005; SLAN0006; PLIN0044; PALS0004; HCSC0003

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

Coordinator of Psychology and Language Science CPD course for practitioners on intervention with bi/multilingual children (with Sunita Shah, specialist speech and language therapist, ).


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