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Research Interests

Reading; Writing; Literacy; Dyslexia; Phonology; Morphology; Language impairment



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 her 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. 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.


Vision Statement

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.


  • BF Psychology
  • Dyslexia
  • reading
  • Literacy
  • Writing
  • Language

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Research Output

Can the Benefits of Creative Methods Support the Inclusion of Children as part of Intergenerational Research Projects?

Kirtland, G., Holliday, N. & Carroll, J., 2 May 2019, p. 68. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • Developmental Language Disorder: Cognition in Childhood

    Carroll, J. & Critten, S., 20 Dec 2019, The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. Wiley, 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Literacy Development: Evidence Review

    Breadmore, H., Vardy, E., Cunningham, A., Kwok, R. & Carroll, J., 5 Jul 2019, Education Endowment Foundation. 133 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Literacy interest, home literacy environment and emergent literacy skills in preschoolers

    Carroll, J., Holliman, A., Weir, F. & Baroody, A., Feb 2019, In : Journal of Research in Reading. 42, 1, p. 150-161 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    67 Downloads (Pure)


    • 6 Participation in conference
    • 1 Invited talk

    Can teaching morphology help reading and spelling?

    Julia Carroll (Speaker)
    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    British Dyslexia Association International Conference

    Julia Carroll (Keynote Speaker)
    10 Mar 201612 Mar 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    British Dyslexia Association International Conference

    Julia Carroll (Organising Committee)
    10 Mar 201612 Mar 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Child Language Symposium

    Julia Carroll (Organising Committee)
    20 Jul 201521 Jul 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    British Dyslexia Association International Conference

    Julia Carroll (Chair)
    27 Mar 201429 Mar 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Julia Carroll (Recipient), 30 Nov 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Measuring phonological and morphological awareness and children with and without developmental language disorder

    Author: Nicholls, H., Apr 2019

    Supervisor: Critten, S. (Supervisor), Mundy, I. (Supervisor) & Carroll, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy