Dr Paula Clarke

Dr Paula Clarke

Profile

I studied BSc (Hons) Psychology at the University of York (1996-1999) before working as a Research Assistant for Kate Nation and Maggie Snowling (2000-2001) in the Centre for Reading and Language also in the Department of Psychology at York. I stayed there for a further eight years. Completing a PhD in 2005 (Patterns of Memory Asset and Deficit in indviduals with Autism Spectrum Disorder) under the supervision of Kate Nation and Graham Hitch, working as a Lecturer (2004-2006) and as a Post Doctoral researcher on the ESRC funded York Reading for Meaning project (2006-2009). I moved from Psychology to Education in 2009 when I was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Education at Leeds. My work typically sits at the intersection between Psychology, Education and Lingustics; it is generally applied in focus and uses a mixture of methodological approaches. I enjoy working in an interdisciplinary way and value the opportunities it presents. 

Responsibilities

  • MA Special Educational Needs Programme Leader
  • PG Cert Provision for Children with Developmental Disorders Programme Leader
  • Research Impact Champion

Research interests

My research uses psychological theory to inform the development of teaching and intervention approaches. I aim to help children engage with text and experience reading with meaning. My work promotes the development of rich mental representations and emphasizes exploration of ideas in multiple contexts and sharing perspectives. I am interested in how we assess and capture children’s understanding of text and how we can develop methodologies that are inclusive and accessible for all. My work is also concerned with research designs to evaluate the impact of educational interventions. I am experienced in using Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) and have a developing interest in Design-Based approaches for intervention development. 

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Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st)
  • PhD Psychology

Student education

I teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, covering the following areas:

  • Learning Theories
  • Reading and Language Development
  • Literacy and Literacies
  • Cognitive Development
  • Ecological Approaches
  • Inclusive Education 
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 
  • Research Methods  

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Childhood, Education and Social Justice
  • Centre for Disability Studies

Current postgraduate research students

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>