My main research interests are in typical and atypical language development in children. I use both experimental and behavioural genetic designs to examine the factors underlying language disorders such as Specific Language Impairment and dyslexia, as well as the cognitive mechanisms involved in typical and atypical language learning.
Developmental Research Group
Waterloo Foundation (2013-14): “The co-occurrence of language, literacy and psychosocial difficulties in adolescence: genetic and environmental contributions.” (Principal Investigator).
Wellcome Trust (2007-14): “Developmental relationships between dyslexia and specific language impairment”. (Co-Investigator & Local PI, 2012-14. Principal Investigator: M.J. Snowling, Co-Investigator: C. Hulme).
Medical Research Council (2010-2015): “Origins of learning difficulties and behaviour problems: from behavioural genetics to behavioural genomics”. (Collaborator. Principal Investigator: Robert Plomin).
- Maggie Snowling
- Dorothy Bishop
- Philip Dale
- Robert Plomin
- Jelena Mirkovic
- Hayiou-Thomas, M.E., Dale, P.S. & Plomin, R. (2014). Language Impairment from 4 to 12 years: Prediction and Etiology. Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, 57, 850-864.
- Hayiou-Thomas, M.E., Dale, P.S. & Plomin, R. (2012). The etiology of variation in language skills changes with development: A longitudinal twin study of language from 2 to 12 years. Developmental Science, 15, 1-17.
- Hayiou-Thomas, M.E., Harlaar, N., Dale, P.S. & Plomin, R. (2010). Preschool speech, language skills, and reading at 7, 9 and 10 years: aetiology of the relationship. Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, 53, 311-332.
- Bishop, D.V.M. & Hayiou-Thomas, M.E. (2008). Heritability of specific language impairment depends on diagnostic criteria. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 7, 365-372.
Full publications list
A full list of publications can be found on Emma Hayiou-Thomas's Google Scholar profile.
- Undergraduate & MSc project supervision
MSc in Development, Disorders & Clinical Practice:
- ‘Advanced Issues in Developmental Disorders’
- ‘Current Questions in Developmental Research’
Current PhD students:
- Faye Smith
- Hannah Witherstone
- Marta Wesierska