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Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University

Sarah’s expertise is in child development, particularly in the areas of language and literacy. She's also interested in evidence-based parenting, where scientific research is used to guide parenting practices.

Sarah researches children’s reading and language development and disability. She has recently completed the Tune Time project, which investigated the role of rhyme, rhythm and singing in boosting literacy skills in Year 1 pupils.

Sarah is interested in developmental trajectories and uses the technique to investigate differential outcomes in children with dyslexia and children with low IQ and poor reading. She is also interested in the role of rhythm in speech, language and literacy development and was the primary investigator for the Tune Time early literacy project. Full resources for this Year 1 classroom project, including songs and sheet music are freely available to interested parents and teachers (email Sarah frequently talks and writes on matters of parenting as related to developmental science. She recently wrote a book on parenting young children called 'Little kids, big dilemmas: Your parenting problems solved by science' (Routledge, 2018 £14.99), which provides advice based on the outcomes of scientific research. Sarah also blogs at


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    Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Anglia Ruskin University