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Ciara Laverty


Research Assistant

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+ 44 (0)7706189627


  • BSc Psychology- Queen’s University Belfast
  • MSc Atypical Child Development- Queen’s University Belfast

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • BPS graduate member

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Ciara’s research to date has studied the development of language and literacy in children aged 4-9 years; examining the nature of predictors of these abilities, including auditory processing skills, neural maturation and classroom behaviours. As a member of PEDaL Strand B, she is currently working on a systematic literature review of measures of play in children aged 0-3 years, as well as developing observational coding schemes to measure parental and child playfulness.

Academic Area/Links

  • Psychology and Education, University of Cambridge
  • Language Learning and Literacy Lab, Queen’s University Belfast

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Research Topics

  • The social, emotional and cognitive development of infants and young children
  • Early childhood education
  • Educational policy

Current Research Project(s)

  • An investigation of early playfulness, its antecedents and psychological, developmental correlates
  • Systematic literature review of early measures of playfulness and self-regulation among children aged 0-3

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Principal and Recent Publications

Laverty, C., Schermer, M. and Fosker, T. (submitted). Stand back: Good auditory learners can be found farthest from the teacher. 

Laverty. C, Fosker, T., Miller., S. (2015) Early predictors of reading (decoding) ability: A critical review of recent advances, in prep for British Journal of Educational Psychology.