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Dr Sinead Harmey
International Literacy Centre
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 02076126137
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  • Lecturer in Literacy Education
  • IOE - Learning & Leadership
  • UCL Institute of Education

My career started as an early years teacher in St. James' Primary School in Dublin. I studied towards a Ph.D in Reading and Literacy in Early and Middle Childhood at the Ohio State University.  I also worked as an Assistant Professor in Literacy Education at Queens College, City University of New York.  I am now a Lecturer in Literacy Education and Reading Recovery National Leader based at the International Literacy Centre in the Department of Learning and Leadership. I have co-authored the most recent meta-analytic review of Reading Recovery and my work has been published in Reading Research Quarterly, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, The Journal of Writing Research, and the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk. I am a member of the Editorial Review Board of The Reading Teacher and Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk. I have worked in Ireland, the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Malta.          

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Research Summary

My research interests are grounded in my initial professional experiences as a primary and early literacy intervention teacher.  My lines of inquiry revolve around three interdependent areas: early literacy development (with a particular focus on describing early writing development), early intervention for literacy difficulties, and translation of research to practice.  I have conducted systematic reviews on several topics: The use of phonics with adults (Education Training Foundation), strategies to support language and communication (Newham Nursery Schools/ Education Endowment Foundation), and Translational Research in Education (Froebel Trust). More recently I have conducted/ collaborated on reviews focusing on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on learning for primary and secondary children (ESRC/ DfE). 

Teaching Summary

I am module leader for Research Methods in Literacy (MA LLLD and MA RRLL). I am also module co-leader for Researching Early Years and Primary Education (REYPE) and the Dissertation in Early Years and Primary Education modules.  I have a particular interest in supporting students to conduct dissertation research using quantitative methods and/or systematic review.  I also teach on literacy focused modules including: Literacy Development and on the MA in Reading Recovery and Literacy Leadership

01-SEP-2015 – 20-AUG-2017 Assistant Professor Elementary and Early Childhood Education Queens College of the City University of New York, United States
08-AUG-2012 – 08-AUG-2015 Graduate Research Assistant Department of Teaching and Learning The Ohio State University, United States
01-SEP-2008 – 06-JUN-2012 Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and Primary Literacy Advisor Professional Development Services for Teachers Department of Education and Science, Ireland
01-SEP-1998 – 31-AUG-2008 Primary School Teacher St James' Primary School Dublin 8, Ireland
Academic Background
2007   Master of Education Open University
    ATQ10 - Overseas accreditation or qualification for any level of teaching  
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2015   Doctor of Philosophy Ohio State University
1999   Bachelor of Education (Honours) Trinity College Dublin
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