My research focuses on typical and atypical language and literacy development in children, including dyslexia and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). I use behavioural genetics, family-risk designs, and experimental methods to investigate the risk factors and underlying mechanisms contributing to these disorders, and to individual variation in language development more generally.
Amanda Hickey (PhD student)
Catia Oliveira (PhD student)
Joseph Vogliqi (PhD student)
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).
Available PhD research projects
I would be particularly interested to hear from postgraduates interested in atypical language and/or literacy development. Recent projects focus on domain-general learning and memory mechanisms in language development.
- Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Smith-Woolley, E., & Dale, P. S. (2020). Breadth versus depth: Cumulative risk model and continuous measure prediction of poor language and reading outcomes at 12. Developmental Science, e12998.
- Dale, P. S., von Stumm, S., Selzam, S., & Hayiou-Thomas, M. E. (2020). Does the Inclusion of a Genome-Wide Polygenic Score Improve Early Risk Prediction for Later Language and Literacy Delay? Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR, 1–12.
- Larkin, F., Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Arshad, Z., Leonard, M., Williams, F. J., Katseniou, N., Malouta, R. N., Marshall, C. R. P., Diamantopoulou, M., Tang, E., Mani, S., & Meins, E. (2020). Mind-Mindedness and Stress in Parents of Children with Developmental Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04570-9
- Hickey, A., Hayiou-Thomas, E., & Mirkovic, J. (2019). Grammatical Generalisation in Statistical Learning: Is it implicit and invariant across development? CogSci, 1908–1914.
- Snowling, M. J., Hayiou‐Thomas, M. E., Nash, H. M., & Hulme, C. (2019). Dyslexia and Developmental Language Disorder: comorbid disorders with distinct effects on reading comprehension. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 31, 1027.
- Snowling, M. J., Nash, H. M., Gooch, D. C., Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Hulme, C., & Wellcome Language and Reading Project Team. (2019). Developmental outcomes for children at high risk of dyslexia and children with developmental language disorder. Child Development, 90(5), 548–564.
- Dale, P. S., Rice, M. L., Rimfeld, K., & Hayiou-Thomas, M. E. (2018). Grammar Clinical Marker Yields Substantial Heritability for Language Impairments in 16-Year-Old Twins. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR, 61(1), 66–78.
- Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Carroll, J. M., Leavett, R., Hulme, C., & Snowling, M. J. (2017). When does speech sound disorder matter for literacy? The role of disordered speech errors, co-occurring language impairment and family risk of dyslexia. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 58(2), 197–205.
- Tosto, M. G., Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Harlaar, N., Prom-Wormley, E., Dale, P. S., & Plomin, R. (2017). The genetic architecture of oral language, reading fluency, and reading comprehension: A twin study from 7 to 16 years. Developmental Psychology, 53(6), 1115–1129.
- Scerri, T. S., Macpherson, E., Martinelli, A., Wa, W. C., Monaco, A. P., Stein, J., Zheng, M., Suk-Han Ho, C., McBride, C., Snowling, M., Hulme, C., Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Waye, M. M. Y., Talcott, J. B., & Paracchini, S. (2017). The DCDC2 deletion is not a risk factor for dyslexia. Translational Psychiatry, 7(7), e1182.
- Pettigrew, K. A., Frinton, E., Nudel, R., Chan, M. T. M., Thompson, P., Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Talcott, J. B., Stein, J., Monaco, A. P., Hulme, C., Snowling, M. J., Newbury, D. F., & Paracchini, S. (2016). Further evidence for a parent-of-origin effect at the NOP9 locus on language-related phenotypes. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 8(1), 24.
- Pettigrew, K. A., Reeves, E., Leavett, R., Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Sharma, A., Simpson, N. H., Martinelli, A., Thompson, P., Hulme, C., Snowling, M. J., Newbury, D. F., & Paracchini, S. (2015). Copy Number Variation Screen Identifies a Rare DeNovo Deletion at Chromosome 15q13.1-13.3 in a Child with Language Impairment. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal
- Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Dale, P. S., & Plomin, R. (2014). Language impairment from 4 to 12 years: prediction and etiology. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR, 57(3), 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(2), 233–249.
- Whalley, H. C., O’Connell, G., Sussmann, J. E., Peel, A., Stanfield, A. C., Hayiou-Thomas, M. E., Johnstone, E. C., Lawrie, S. M., McIntosh, A. M., & Hall, J. (2011). Genetic variation in CNTNAP2 alters brain function during linguistic processing in healthy individuals. American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 156B(8), 941–948.
Full publications list
See also my Google Scholar profile, and York Research Database profile