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Dr Merle Mahon
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Division of Psychology and Language Science
Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street,
London
WC1N 1PF
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Language & Cognition
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography


Research Summary

My research focuses on bi/multilingualism, 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 young people and in investigating the relationship between special educational needs, school exclusions and youth offending.

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.


Teaching Summary

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

Coordinator for Module SLANG103 Management of Communication Disorders 2 Speech and Hearing.  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/speech-language-sciences-msc

Contributor to modules PALS 303 and PALS 3008 Conversation Analysis http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/degrees/psychology-language-sciences-bsc

Current PhD students: Maryam Bahakeem (with Dr Caroline Newton);  Kinjal Mehta (with Dr Debi Vickers).

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


Academic Background
1998 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Speech Science University College London
1978 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Psychology University of South Africa, Pretoria
1972 BA Bachelor of Arts – Speech and Hearing Therapy University of the Witwatersrand
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