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Dr Chloe Marshall
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
Appointment
  • Professor of Psychology, Language and Education
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

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. I currently lead 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, as well as on the MA in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties in the Department of Learning and Leadership. 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. I am the joint Academic Head of Learning and Teaching for the Department of Psychology and Human Development.

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 Research in Developmental Disabilities, Autism and Developmental Language Impairments, npj Science of Learning, the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, and the British Journal of Developmental Psychology); and examining (I am external examiner for the University of Kent's MSc in Developmental Psychology and the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in Inclusive Education, and have examined MPhil and PhD theses at the University of Cambridge, City University of London, Royal Holloway, Macquarie 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 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psycholinguistics University College London
2001 MA Master of Arts – Linguistics University College London
1993 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Biology University of East Anglia
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