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Dr Catherine Antalek
Institute of Education
25 Woburn Square
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  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Research Fellow
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
I have a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Albany in Albany, New York, an M.A. from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland and was awarded a Ph.D. from Brunel University London for me thesis entitled 'A Cross-Linguistic Investigation of Reading Behaviour Between a Consistent and an Inconsistent Orthography: An Eye-Tracking Experiment'.Prior to pursuing my Ph.D., I taught English as a second language to primary aged children in Madrid, Spain, (aged 5-9) which was funded through the Ministry of Education in Spain. 
Research Themes
Research Summary
My research interests include the cognitive processes of reading development for typically developing, dyslexic, and bilingual readers (also EAL). I am specifically interested in the role that a language’s orthography (spelling system) plays in phonological and visual processes in reading. The aim of these investigations is to contribute to the literature in identifying literacy deficits to provide evidence-based curriculum and interventions for individuals diagnosed with dyslexia and to develop assessments and interventions for English second language learners with reading difficulties. I am also interested in investigating best practices to support the academic success of students with literacy difficulties.
Teaching Summary

I served as a lecturer on a fixed-term contract covering maternity leave at the Institute of Education at UCL where I contribute to teaching and marking across all three modules that comprise the professional practice qualification on the Masters in Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) programme, which is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association.

I also supervise Masters-level dissertation projects across a range of topics (e.g., language, literacy, inclusion).

01-SEP-2022 – 31-OCT-2023 Research Fellow Psychology & Human Development Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-MAY-2021 – 01-MAY-2022 Lecturer (Teaching) Psychology & Human Development IOE, United Kingdom
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