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Katrina D'Apice



I am a Research Fellow for the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub, which evaluates the effectiveness of interventions for disadvantaged families with young children. I am based at the University of York, and focus on evaluating language and communication interventions.

Prior to starting my current role I studied for a PhD at the University of York. For my doctoral research, I used novel digital language technology to record naturalistic observations of the home environments of young children and their families. With these data I investigated aspects of the home environment, such as language and parenting, that influence children’s development.

I hold a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology from Birkbeck, University of London, and a BSc in Human Biology from King’s College London.



My research interests include:

  • Children’s language development
  • Early life interventions
  • Utilising digital technologies for behavioural science


  • The oTTer project is a feasibility randomised control trial of the Talking Together language intervention.

Research group(s)


Selected publications

d'Apice, K., Latham, R. M., and von Stumm, S. (2019). A naturalistic home observational approach to children’s language, cognition, and behaviour. Developmental Psychology, 55(7), 1414–1427.

d’Apice, K. and von Stumm, S. (2019). The Role of Speech and Literacy Exposure for Cognitive and Language Outcomes in Preschoolers. The Scientific Studies of Reading

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44(0)1904 322442