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

Research Summary

My research focuses on the development of spoken language in deaf children from hearing families and in the use of gesture in the progress of language development. I am particularly interested in how these deaf children learn spoken English when English is an additional language at home.  I am also interested in outcomes for deaf  children and teenagers. I use a range of qualitative research methods including conversation analysis, questionnaire and interview techniques together with quantitative assessments of speech and language. Much of my work involves collection and analysis of longitudinal video data sets.

Teaching Summary

Joint Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Communication Science http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slt/programmes/dccs/dccs_about.

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.

Current PhD students: Maryam Bahakeem (with Dr Caroline Newton);  Kinjal Mehta (with Dr Debi Vickers); Sonia Granlund (with Prof Valerie Hazan).

Coordinator of PaLS 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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