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Professor Julia Carroll

Professor in Child Development and Education

My Research Vision

My research concerns language and literacy development. I am particularly interested in how spoken language skills and written language skills are linked. For example, why do some (but not all) children with spoken language impairments show reading impairments? Can oral language skills be used to improve reading and writing? My most recent research concerns the phonological and morphological skills of children with dyslexia and children with hearing impairments. I hope that my work can provide a research basis for more effective literacy support for children in schools.


Julia Carroll joined Coventry University in September 2014 as a Reader in Child Development and Education. Prior to that she had been an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, having joined there in 2004. She completed her DPhil in York in 2001 and stayed on to do a postdoctoral fellowship before leaving for Warwick.

Julia has always been interested in how children learn to use both spoken and written language, and how these two skills may be linked. This question guides most of my research. She has held several large research grants, from the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation and British Academy. Over the past five years my research has shown that early language difficulties can result in later phonological deficits, even in children with good early phonology, and that targeted language and phonology interventions can improve early literacy development. However, it has also shown that the deficits that dyslexic children show are not fully explained by their early language profiles.

Communicating research findings has always been a top priority for me. She is currently Editor in Chief for the Journal of Research in Reading, and in March 2014 she chaired the British Dyslexia Association International Conference, an event with over 500 delegates.



  • The Warwick Speech and Literacy ProjectThis longitudinal project compared the language and literacy progress of children with a family risk of dyslexia and children with a history of speech and language impairments.

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