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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.

About us?

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 Rob Savage, Professor of Psychology
  • Gill Brackenbury,?Director of the UCL Centre for Inclusive Education
  • Dr Roberto Filippi, Associate Professor?in Psychology and Special Educational Needs and Director of Multilanguage and Cognition Lab (MULTAC)
  • Dr Rebecca Gordon,?Associate Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Associate Lecturer (Teaching)
  • Professor Jane Hurry, Professor of Psychology of Education
  • Professor Chlo? 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.

Associates and visiting fellows

  • Dr Barbara Arfè, EdPsyLab, DPSS, University of Padua
  • Professor Richard Cowan,?UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr?Ambra Fastelli, EdPsyLab, DPSS, University of Padua
  • Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Jaime Balladares?
  • Dr Lucie Broc,?University of Poitiers
  • Dr Susan Ebbels, Moor House School and UCL
  • Dr Lisa Fridkin, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Frances Hampson-Jones, Former PhD Student
  • Angela Hobsbaum, Researcher
  • Dr Karin Keller, University of Basel
  • Dr Anna Llaurado, University of Barcelona
  • Dr?Maria Mengisidou,?UCL Institute of Education
  • Ann Nordberg, University of Gothenburg
  • Dr Jeni Riley,?UCL Institute of Education
  • Professor Rhona Stainthorp, University of Reading
  • Professor Anat Stavans, Beit Berl College
  • Professor Morag Stuart, UCL Institute of Education
  • Dr Joanna Vivash (DEdPsy), Cambridgeshire Community Educational Psychology Service, UK
  • Professor Dominic Wyse, UCL Institute of Education

PhD and EdD students

  • Keeley Dobinson
  • Fifi Haji Zailani
  • Carolina Hernandez Jamasmie
  • Jana Parolkova


Our research


Upcoming and current projects

Past projects include

Hear from our researchers



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:


For further information on our consultancy services, contact?Professor?Julie Dockrell:?j.dockrell@ucl.ac.uk


    Tools for practitioners

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