Personal profile


In 2008 Helen was awarded a PhD by the University of Birmingham for work on profoundly deaf children’s use of inflectional morphology in reading and spelling, under the supervision of Dr Andrew Olson and Dr Andrea Krott. Helen then worked at the University of Birmingham as a Research Associate for Dr Andrea Krott on a project examining EEG responses to morphological processing. In 2010 Helen was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship during which she examined awareness of number marking during reading and trained in eye-tracking with Professor Antje Meyer. Helen moved to the University of Warwick in 2012 to work with Dr Julia Carroll as named Research Fellow and co-investigator on projects examining reading and spelling development amongst children with dyslexia, a history of repeated ear infection and profoundly deaf children. Helen joined Coventry University in 2014.

Area of Expertise:

Reading and spelling development

Morphology and grammar

Hearing impairment/deafness


Research Interests

My research is in the field of language and literacy development. I study the relationship between spoken and written language, in particular the effects of dyslexia, hearing and speech impairments on reading and writing. I’m interested in studying literacy processes through online measurement of behaviour. For example, I use eye-movement recording to study how much time is spent reading and re-reading text. I also use handwriting analyses to study the location and duration of pauses in writing.

Vision Statement

Children with poor reading skills are unable to access the school curriculum, which limits educational attainment more broadly. By adulthood, poor literacy limits economic and social opportunities. The ability to process speech sounds (phonology) is an important foundation for learning to read and those who have difficulty processing speech sounds are more likely to find reading challenging and therefore are likely to have difficulty both with spoken and written communication. In my research I investigate how spoken language difficulties can be overcome and the extent to which unimpaired skills can compensate and support literacy development.

Education / Academic qualification

Doctorate, University of Birmingham

MSc, University of Birmingham

Postgraduate Certificate, University of Warwick

Degree, University of Warwick

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Research Output 2006 2017

New research shows some children who struggle to read or write may actually have hearing problems

Breadmore, H. 18 Oct 2017 The Conversation

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
1 Citations
Open Access
Otitis Media
Articulation Disorders
Hearing Loss
Open Access
Short-Term Memory
Open Access
Otitis Media

Activities 2006 2017

  • 15 Participation in conference
  • 5 Invited talk
  • 4 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Oral presentation

Development of morphological processing in spelling.

Breadmore, H. (Speaker), Helene Deacon (Speaker)
15 Jul 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Development of morphological processing in spelling.

Breadmore, H. (Speaker), Helene Deacon (Speaker)
23 Jun 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Improving literacy

Breadmore, H. (Speaker)
21 Sep 2016

Activity: Participation in conference