Dr Claudine Bowyer-Crane



I gained my BSc Psychology at the University of York where I remained to complete my PhD with Professor Maggie Snowling looking at the relationship between inference generation and reading comprehension in children. I went on to work as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at York, managing a project evaluating effective intervention for children with language difficulties. In addition I held the position of research tutor in the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Hull. I joined the team at Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in 2008, and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2009. In September 2012 I joined the Psychology in Education Research Centre at York as a Senior Lecturer.



My research interests broadly fall into the category of reading and language disorders, although recently my work has focused on evaluating effective interventions using randomised controlled trials. I work collaboratively with colleagues from UCL, Oxford, York and Sheffield.

I am currently working on two intervention projects. The first of these is a two year RCT evaluating effective language intervention for children who are learning to read in a language other than their own. This project is being run in collaboration with Dr Silke Fricke at the University of Sheffield and Professor Charles Hulme at UCL.

Secondly, I am working with colleagues at UCL, Oxford University and the University of Sheffield together with the charity ICAN on a two year project evaluating the effectiveness of the Nuffield Language 4 Learning programme. The programme was developed by our research team in the Centre for Reading and Language at the University of York and is available as a training package through ICAN.

In addition I am keen to talk to students interested in reading comprehension development and disorders, vocabulary instruction, and the learning needs of children with English as an additional language.

Research group(s)


External activities


I am an active member of the Centre for Reading and Language, a virtual research centre with colleagues at the University of Oxford, UCL, University of Sheffield, University of Warwick, Institute of Education and other international institutions and have given invited talks to various research groups including University of Oxford; University of Warwick; Nottingham Trent University. I have also collaborated with colleagues from the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research, Sheffield Hallam University.

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Psychological Society with Chartered Status (CPsychol).

Editorial duties

I regularly review manuscripts for journals such as Scientific Studies of Reading, British Journal of Educational Psychology, International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders and Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, and am currently acting as Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Reading.


Contact details

Psychology in Education Research Centre
Department of Education
The University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 324398