Dr Jessie Ricketts

Research interests

In the Language and Reading Acquisition (LARA) research lab we are interested in reading and oral language development in childhood and adolescence. My 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. A central aim is to collect data that address questions of theoretical importance that also have implications for policy and practice. 

For more information about the Language and Reading Acquisition (LARA) lab, visit our website: http://pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/lara/

For more information about the Vocabulary and Reading in Secondary School (VaRiSS) project, see www.variss.org

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