• 21 Citations
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Rosa graduated from Indiana University with a BA in General Studies, and went on to complete an MSc in Reading, Language, and Cognition and PhD in Psychology at University of York. Her PhD work (under the supervision of Prof. Andy Ellis) has shown that young dyslexic adults have problems both in pronouncing and learning new written words. During her first post-doctoral position, in collaboration with The University of Oxford, Bangor, Birmingham, Kent, Liverpool and Plymouth, Rosa was involved in building and managing the largest database of bilingual toddlers (UKBT) in the UK. This project investigates the factors affecting bilingual vocabulary development across 12 target languages (including Bengali, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi/Urdu, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Welsh) as a precursor to the design of a universal bilingual assessment tool for bilingual children at the age of 2. .Since March 2016, she has worked in the area of literacy development as a research associate at Coventry University.


Research Interests

Bilingualism; Language impairment; Reading comprehension

Vision Statement

My research focuses on the interface between cognitive development and language impairment. My current research is working on the feasibility and efficacy of a computer-based intervention aimed at monolingual and bilingual children with poor reading comprehension ability. The end goal is to enhance the quality of life for children with language and reading problems.

Education / Academic qualification

Psychology, Doctorate, University of York

1 Sep 201010 Oct 2014

Psychology, MSc, University of York

1 Sep 200931 Aug 2010

Degree, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

1 Sep 200631 Aug 2009

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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 21 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 1 Book

How does morphosyntactic skill contribute to different genres of Chinese writing from grades 3 to 6?

Guan, C. Q., Zhao, J., Kwok, R. K. W. & Wang, Y. 20 May 2018 In : Journal of Research in Reading. (in press), p. (in press)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Vocabulary of 2-Year-Olds Learning English and an Additional Language: Norms and Effects of Linguistic Distance

Floccia, C., Sambrook, T. D., Delle Luche, C., Kwok, R. K. W., Goslin, J., White, L., Cattani, A., Sullivan, E., Abbot-Smith, K., Krott, A., Mills, D., Rowland, C., Gervain, J. & Plunkett, K. 1 Mar 2018 Wiley.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

4 Citations

Underlying Skills of Oral and Silent Reading Fluency in Chinese: Perspective of Visual Rapid Processing

Zhao, J., Kwok, R. K. W., Liu, M., Liu, H. & Huang, C. 10 Jan 2017 In : Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 2082

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Reading and lexicalization in opaque and transparent orthographies: Word naming and word learning in English and Spanish

Kwok, R. K. W., Cuetos, F., Avdyli, R. & Ellis, A. W. 12 Aug 2016 In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 70, 10, p. 2105-2129 25 p.

Research output: ResearchArticle

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Visual word learning in skilled readers of English

Kwok, R. K. W. & Ellis, A. 2015 In : Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 68, 2, p. 326-349 24 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Activities 2016 2017

  • 3 Publication peer-review
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Academy workshop on Language, literacy and learning in children who speak English as an additional language (EAL)

Kwok, R. K. W. (Participant)
26 Sep 201727 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Journal of Child Language (Journal)

Kwok, R. K. W. (Peer Reviewer)
1 Jan 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review

Journal of Research in Reading (Journal)

Kwok, R. K. W. (Peer Reviewer)
15 Mar 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review


Experimental Psychological Society Grindley Grant (£500)

Rosa Kit Wan Kwok (Recipient), 15 Sep 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Goodricke College tutor scholarship (worth £19440)

Rosa Kit Wan Kwok (Recipient), 1 Sep 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Graduate Student Association community fund (£200)

Rosa Kit Wan Kwok (Recipient), 1 Sep 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Overseas researchers link travel grant (£300)

Rosa Kit Wan Kwok (Recipient), 10 Feb 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Overseas researchers link travel grant (£900)

Rosa Kit Wan Kwok (Recipient), 26 May 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)