Reader in Developmental Neuropsychology, Psychology Department, Royal Holloway, University of London
Email : Courtenay.Norbury@rhul.ac.uk
Telephone : 01784 276139
Fax : 01784 434347
Courtenay is a Reader in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Following her first degree at the University of New Mexico, USA, she completed an MSc in Clinical Communication Studies at City University in London, qualifying as a speech-language therapist. She started her clinical practice in City and Hackney Primary Health Care Trust, before leaving to work with Professor Dorothy Bishop, at the University of Oxford. She completed her doctorate in experimental psychology under the supervision of Professor Bishop in 2004.
Courtenay was awarded a New Career Development Fellowship by the Nuffield Foundation to work with Professor Kate Nation in Oxford. During that time she was awarded the Neil O’Connor award by the British Psychological Society and the Dissertation Award by the International Association for Autism Research, for work arising from her doctoral thesis. She moved to Royal Holloway in 2007.
Courtenay was awarded a Media Fellowship by the British Science Association, which enabled her to spend three weeks working as a science correspondent for the Irish Times. She was one of the joint editors for Language at the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research and is now on the advisory board for the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Please note: Courtenay is now a full time researcher and unable to offer a clinical service. Families seeking assessment and/or advice for individual children should follow the ‘For Parents’ tab for contact details of relevant organisations.
Dr. Debbie Gooch: SCALES project manager
Debbie is the project manager for SCALES. She completed her BSc, MSc and PhD in Psychology at the University of York. Her PhD research, which was supervised by Prof. Maggie Snowling and Prof. Charles Hulme, focused on understanding the comorbidity between dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by investigating the cognitive profiles associated with these disorders and their overlap. She then worked as a post-doctoral research Fellow on the Wellcome Language & Reading Project, which is a large scale longitudinal investigation into the overlap between developmental dyslexia and specific language impairment (SLI). She joined the LiLaC group at RHUL in March 2012.
Charlotte Wray: SCALES Research Assistant
Charlotte is a Research Assistant on the SCALES Project. She completed her BSc in Psychology at The University of Manchester where her final year project studied pronoun production in young children. She then completed her MSc in Developmental Disorders at Lancaster University. Her MSc project explored gesture comprehension and gesture production in children with Specific Language Impairment. Following this, she worked as a Data Assistant for CAMHS Outcomes Research Consortium at the Anna Freud Centre. In September Charlotte will begin a PhD at Royal Holloway under the supervision of Dr Norbury.
Rebecca Lucas: PhD student
Rebecca is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr Norbury. She completed her Psychology BSc at the University of Leicester and has since worked at the Institute of Psychiatry and at University College London as a Research Assistant. She has also worked as a SEN Assistant, predominantly assisting a child with ASD but additionally supporting children with language difficulties.
Rebecca’s PhD research has explored the reading skills of children with autism and specific language impairments. In particular she has investigated reading comprehension, taking into consideration decoding ability and language competence. She has also tested whether children with ASD can use their reading skills to learn new words. She is now in the final year of her PhD and is writing her thesis.
SCALES undergraduate research assistants
Naomi Swain, Tanya Hayman, Hayley White and Charlotte Nason
Dr David Kelly – Eyesay! researcher
David worked as a postdoctoral research assistant on the EyeSay! Project from 2010-2012. He is now working at the University of Kent as a Research Associate.
first visited the lab in summer 2008 as a doctoral student in Psychology at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón de la Plana Spain but has been a regular visitor ever since. Her research is focused on Pragmatic Language Impairment and in developing tasks to assess pragmatic skills not only related to language, but also to theory of mind abilities and processing information from the social context. You can contact Clara at email@example.com
. Jakob Asberg and Carmela Miniscalco
visited in May 2012 from the University of Gothenberg, Sweden. Carmela is a speech-language therapist and both are interested in the language and reading development of children with autism spectrum disorders.
visited from the University of Copenhagen in May 2012. She is a speech-language therapist and has been developing a Danish sentence repetition test. She is working on a grant with her colleagues Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen and Hanne Trebbien Daugaard to investigate language and cognition in children with SLI, ASD and poor reading comprehension. Courtenay is an advisor on the grant-ensuring fabulous visits to Copenhagen!