Jessie Ricketts

Jessie Ricketts


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Research interests

In the Language and Reading Acquisition (LARA) research lab we are interested in reading and oral language development in childhood and adolescence. Our research focuses particularly on the role of vocabulary in reading (both word-level reading and reading comprehension), and reciprocally, the role of reading in oral vocabulary acquisition. Our research adopts a range of methodological approaches including longitudinal, cross-sectional and word learning studies to investigate acquisition, development and causal hypotheses, working with typically developing children and children with developmental disorders such as poor reading comprehension, dyslexia, specific language impairment and autism spectrum disorders. In all of our research, we work closely with teachers and other educational practitioners to design our studies, and ensure that the implications of our findings are explored with educational practice and policy in mind. 

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