Dr Elpis Pavlidou



I am an educational neuroscientist in the making who studied Psychology in Greece, went to Scotland to continue studying, decided to move to the USA to chase my academic ‘American Dream’ and I am now based in England. In 2010, I received my PhD, funded by the Greek State Scholarships, from The University of Edinburgh where I continued to work for 2 years as a research assistant in Moray House School of Education. In 2012, the European Commission funded my post-doc research work for 3 years via the Marie Sklodowska-Curie International Outgoing Fellowships scheme, part of which I spent at Haskins Laboratories, Yale University.

Departmental roles

I am a Lecturer in the Psychology in Education Programme and the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the Education Department. I am also affiliated with Haskins Laboratories (Yale University) and the Rudolf Berlin Centre (Amsterdam).



I am interested in typical and atypical written language (namely dyslexia) from a cognitive, developmental and psychosocial perspective. My research to date aims at answering the following broad questions:

  • How do typical children and those with development dyslexia learn to read and spell?
  • Can difficulties with implicit learning (i.e. our ability to pick up regularities from our environment incidentally) explain some of difficulties children with dyslexia face?
  • Why do children with literacy difficulties have poorer socio-emotional and functional outcomes?

In parallel, I am interested in how the answers to these questions can be used in the development and application of targeted and tailored interventions.


2017-present: Lexilogy-English: The effects of a pilot online computer training programme focusing on morphological knowledge on primary school poor English readers and spellers. In partnership with Hester Hoette (Lexilogy, https://lexilogy.com) and Dr Jurgen Tijms (University of Amsterdam; Rudolf Berlin Centre).

2017: "The things that make me different are the things that make me" (Winnie the Pooh): Exploring risk and protective factors of resilience in children with reading difficulties.

2017-present: Changing Lives of Adults with Dyslexia: screening for reading difficulties amongst vulnerable job seekers. In partnership with Changing Lives organisation (https://www.changing-lives.org.uk) and York And District Dyslexia Association (YADDA) (https://yadda.org.uk)

2012-2015: Implicit learning in specific developmental disorders (ILSDD) http://honey-bee.wixsite.com/ilearn-project

Research group(s)


  • 2016-2018 Research Priming Grant, Education, UoY (£2,500)
  • 2012-2015 Marie Sklodowska-Curie IOF, European Commission (€ 271,950) 
  • 2008-2009 Wingate Foundation Grant (£3,600)
  • 2005-2009 PhD Grant, Greek Foundation for State Scholarships (€ 50,000)

Available PhD research projects

I accept PhD students interested in the following research areas and related fields:

  • Neurobiology of reading across languages
  • Neurocognitive bases of Developmental Dyslexia
  • Development and individual differences of implicit/statistical learning
  • Diagnostic procedures in Developmental Dyslexia


Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 324395