Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Dr Yvonne Griffiths

Associate Professor in Childhood Studies and Education

I joined the School of Education at Leeds in October 2015 as an Associate Professor in Childhood Studies and Education and I am a member of the Childhood and Youth Academic Group.

Prior to this, I was a Lecturer in Psychology and Special Education, in the Dept. of Psychology and Human Development, UCL Institute of Education (2008-2015), and held a Lectureship in Psychology at the University of Essex from 2002-2008.  

Research Interests

Research Interests and Expertise

My expertise is in child development and the application of psychology to education practice. My work investigates the causal factors contributing to individual differences in language and literacy learning and education outcomes for children, young people and adults with developmental disorders (e.g., dyslexia, Williams Syndrome). These include spoken language processing, cognitive factors (e.g., memory and attention), environmental factors (e.g., home and school environments; print exposure), and psychological factors that can act as barriers (e.g. motivation, self-efficacy). Recent interdisciplinary collaborations in International Development (initially funded by an LIDC Fellowship) include projects evaluating the impact of growing up in poverty on literacy learning and education outcomes, through systematic reviews, longitudinal studies and randomised controlled trials. This research serves to inform the development and evaluation of evidence based interventions, global education policy and practice.

Current and recent research projects:

• Predictors of variation in reading and spelling development and difficulties across different languages and writing systems (with Jackie Masterson, UCL IOE and doctoral students)

• Longitudinal evaluation of the impact of a cluster RCT community-based programme targeting pre-school health and nutrition, on learning potential and early education outcomes in Southern Mali (with Dr Sian Clarke, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Save the Children).

• Systematic review of foundation learning and literacy in developing countries (with Dr Sonali Nag and Prof Maggie Snowling, Oxford).

• Dyslexia and ICT – Safe Reads: A productivity tool for learners with dyslexia (with Dr Asimina Vasalou and colleagues from UCL Institute of Education, London Knowledge Lab)


Professional Activities

I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Reading.

I am on the Editorial Board as a Review Editor in Developmental Psychology for Frontiers in Psychology, and for the journal Child Language, Teaching and Therapy

I regularly review articles for journals including Scientific Studies of Reading, Dyslexia, Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Research in Reading, Cognition, JSLHR.

I am a member of the British Dyslexia Association, The Dyslexia Guild, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading

I currently teach on the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies degree and the MA Special Education Needs programmes.

My area of specialism is dyslexia, literacy development, assessment and identification of literacy and language learning difficulties, SEND and inclusion, and more generally, the application of psychology in education.

I am the Director of the Doctorate in Education (EdD) for the School of Education.

Teaching

I currently teach on the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies degree and the MA Special Education Needs programmes.

My area of specialism is dyslexia, literacy development, assessment and identification of literacy and language learning difficulties, SEND and inclusion, and more generally, the application of psychology in education.

I am the Director of the Doctorate in Education (EdD) for the School of Education. 

PhD Supervision

I am keen to supervise doctoral research (PhD or EdD) in the areas of dyslexia and associated language and literacy learning difficulties; global issues in inclusive education and SEN&Ds; literacy development and multilingualism; literacy interventions; health, cognition and learning for vulnerable children; learning technologies to support children and young people with literacy difficulties. 

Key Publications

Journal Articles

  • Duncan LG, McGeown SP, Griffiths YM, Stothard SE, Dobai A, ‘Adolescent cognitive skills and engagement with digital and traditional literacies as predictors of reading comprehension’, British Journal of Psychology 2015
    DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12134

  • McGeown SP, Duncan L, Griffiths YM, Stothard S, ‘Exploring the Relationship between Adolescents' Reading Skills, Reading Motivation and Reading Habits’, Reading and Writing: An Interdiscipinary Journal 2014
    DOI: 10.1007/s11145-014-9537-9

  • Griffiths YM, Stuart M, ‘Evidence-based practice for pupils with dyslexia and literacy difficulties’, Journal of Research in Reading 2013

  • Budd MJ, Hanley JR, Griffiths YM, ‘Simulating children's errors in picture naming: A test of Foygel and Dell's (2000) semantic/phonological model of speech production’, Journal of Memory and Language 2011

Media Contact Areas

Dyslexia; reading and spelling development; inclusive education; dyslexia assessment, identification and intervention; literacy instruction and assessment in schools; international development and education. 

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