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

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Research Summary

 My research focuses on deaf children's spoken language development and on the role of gesture in language development.  I am currently collaborating with colleagues in the multi-centre BEARS study funded by NIHR award 201608, examining outcomes for deaf children and deaf teenagers who use cochlear implants. My research interests also include bi/multilingualism and how children learn spoken English when English is an additional language at home.

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.

Collaborators: Dr Debi Vickers (Cambridge University); Prof Li Wei and Dr Froso Argyri (UCL Institute of Education); Prof Doris Bamiou (UCL Ear Institute)

Teaching Summary

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

Contributor to Modules SLAN0005; SLAN0006; PLIN0044; PALS0004; 

Current PhD students:  Mario Bustos (with Dr Fiona Kyle);  Rima Alhaider (with Prof Chris Donlan); Disa Witkowska (with Prof Courtenay Norbury)

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

Academic Background
1998   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1978   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of South Africa, Pretoria
1972   Bachelor of Arts University of the Witwatersrand
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