Dr Francina Clayton
Associate Lecturer



My research concerns the development of spoken and written language, with a particular focus on the cognitive and neural processes that underlie reading and numeracy. I am especially interested in how children acquire and integrate mappings between orthographic and phonological representations and how this ability relates to subsequent educational outcomes.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of York, UK, 2009-2012
  • PhD Developmental Science, University College London, UK, 2012-2016
  • Visiting Research Student, University of California San Francisco, USA, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University College London, UK, 2015-2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of York, UK, 2017 to present



My research concerns the development of reading, language and numeracy. I am currently working on an ESRC-funded project investigating children’s ability to transcode and integrate across different number formats (e.g. between ‘three-hundred-and-twenty-eight’ and ‘328’) and how this relates to performance in mathematics.

Research group(s)

  • Numerical Cognition Research Group
  • Developmental Research Group


  • Experimental Psychology Society Study Visit Grant (2014)


  • Silke Goebel (University of York, UK)
  • Charles Hulme (University of Oxford, UK)



Full publications list

  • Clayton, F.J., Sears, C., Davis, A. & Hulme, C. (2018)  Verbal Task Demands are Key in Explaining the Relationship between Paired-Associate Learning and Reading Ability, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 171, 46-54
  • Clayton, F. J., & Hulme, C. (2018). Automatic Activation of Sounds by Letters Occurs Early in Development but is not Impaired in Children With Dyslexia. Scientific Studies of Reading, 22(2), 137-151.

External activities


  • Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • Member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading

Contact details

Dr Francina Clayton
Associate Lecturer
Department of Psychology
The University of York
Room PS/A014
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323164