1+3 PhD in Education
I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at Bangor University in 2013. During my studies I was involved in a number of research projects, the first investigating teacher attitudes towards teaching reading to those with intellectual disabilities, and the approaches adopted. I was also fortunate to work closely with the Miles Dyslexia Centre at Bangor University, where I assisted as a literacy skills tutor children with dyslexia in 2012-2013. Additionally, I evaluated the literacy gains made by children with dyslexia receiving professional tuition from the Miles Dyslexia Centre across North Wales in 2008-2013 as part of a larger scale project.
From 2013 to 2014, I completed my MA Education (by Research), at the University of York. My project piloted the use of eye-tracking glasses as a measure of academic engagement in the classroom.
I moved to London from Yorkshire in 2014, and completed the MSc in Developmental and Educational Psychology at UCL Institute of Education, before commencing the PhD in September 2015.
I am investigating the interaction between visuo-spatial processing and motor performance in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). In particular, I am interested in exploring whether the visual processing deficits often found in children with DCD can be linked to poor control of eye movements.
The difference my research makes
I am hoping that my research will contribute to the growing body of research investigating the impact of DCD, in particular the effects of specific cognitive impairment, such as visual processing, on various aspects of a diagnosed child’s life, such as their motor development, academic ability and psychosocial functioning etc.
Prof. Emily Farran: https://www.ioe.ac.uk/study/PHDT_22.html Prof. Elizabeth Pellicano: https://www.ioe.ac.uk/about/policiesProcedures/27039.html