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Prof Chloe Marshall
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Psychology, Language and Education
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education

I have a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of East Anglia, and a MA in Linguistics and PhD in Human Communication Science from University College London. My first career was as a Montessori nursery teacher and teacher-trainer. As a teacher, I became fascinated by young children's language and early literacy development, and by how language and literacy set the foundation for academic learning. I was particularly interested in those children in my class who appeared to have difficulties acquiring language and early literacy skills. When I returned to university in 2000 I probably should have studied speech and language therapy, but instead I studied linguistics. I was then very fortunate to be accepted as a PhD student by Heather van der Lely, at the Centre for Developmental Language Disorders and Cognitive Neuroscience. For my PhD (2001-2004), I researched the past tense impairment that is characteristic of English-speaking children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), attempting to disentangle the cumulative effects of impairments in phonology, morphology and syntax on the realisation of past tense verbs.

I stayed on at UCL (2004-2007) to do post-doctoral research, working on a project with Heather van der Lely and Franck Ramus where we investigated phonological impairments in children with SLI and dyslexia. In 2007 I took up a lectureship in the Division of Language and Communication Science at City University of London, and taught language development and developmental psychology to trainee speech and language therapists. I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust in 2008-2011 to continue some work that I had started with Gary Morgan on deaf children's sign language development.

In 2011 I joined the Institute of Education as Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Human Development. I was promoted to Reader in 2013, and then to Professor of Psychology, Language and Education in 2017. In 2011-2012 I was Programme Leader for the Graduate Certificate in Psychology, and in 2012-2016 I led the MA in Special and Inclusive Education. Since 2017 I have led the MA/MSc in Educational Neuroscience which is taught jointly with Birkbeck. I teach on most of the Master's programmes in the Department of Psychology and Human Development. I also supervise students on various doctoral programmes.

Research Summary

My current research interests are varied, but they all centre on language:

•Language and literacy development.
•Developmental disorders of language and literacy (with a focus on Specific Language Impairment and Dyslexia).
•Phonology and its developmental relation to morphology, syntax and the lexicon.
•The cognitive skills underlying typical and atypical language acquisition in hearing and deaf children (with a focus on executive functions).
•The phonology and morphology of English, and of British Sign Language.
•The organisation of the lexicon in spoken language signed languages.
•Developing language and literacy assessments for spoken and signed languages.
•Evaluating educational interventions for spoken and written language.
•How hearing adults learn a signed language
•The relationship between gesture and signed languages

I have national collaborations with colleagues at the IOE, UCL, University of Kent and City University of London, and international collaborations with colleagues at the University of Padova, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Lund University. Our research is funded by the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, Education Endowment Foundation and the UCL/IOE Strategic Partnership.

I am the Director of the ALLICC (Acquiring Language and Literacy in Challenging Circumstances) Lab, https://allicc.wordpress.com/.

Teaching Summary

I am passionate about delivering research-based teaching which is scientifically rigorous, current, and intellectually challenging in content. I am never happier than when working with the motivated and talented students who choose to study at the IOE. From 2013-2019 I was the joint Academic Head of Learning and Teaching for the Department of Psychology and Human Development. I am proud to have won a couple of awards for my teaching since joining the IOE.

Other professional activities include reviewing papers, conference abstracts and grants; editing (I am Editor-in-Chief for the journal First Language, and am on the Editorial Board of Autism and Developmental Language Impairments and npj Science of Learning); and examining (I have examined MPhil and PhD theses at the University of Cambridge, City University of London, Royal Holloway, Macquarie University, the University of Milano-Biccoca, Linkoeping University, Radboud University, and the IOE). I also sit on the management committee of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience, which is a joint venture between the IOE, UCL and Birkbeck.

Academic Background
2005   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2001   Master of Arts University College London
1993   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of East Anglia
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