Faye Smith
Research Associate

Profile

Biography

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of York, UK, 2009
  • MSc Reading, Language and Cognition, University of York, UK, 2010
  • PhD Psychology, University of York, UK, estimated completion 2014

Career

  • BPS Postgraduate Fellow, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK, Sept-Dec 2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of York, UK, March 2014-present

Research

Overview

Sleep and language learning in children with dyslexia.

Projects

Sleep plays an important role in consolidating memories of new phonological forms. Children with dyslexia have specific difficulties with learning and manipulating phonological information and many of these children also show sleep disturbances. This project aims to investigate whether children with dyslexia have difficulty learning, integrating and consolidating new vocabulary and to what extent differences in sleep architecture might be related to word learning performance. Furthermore, we are interested in studying whether the sleep disturbances seen in children with dyslexia are associated with their reading impairment or with common co-occurring difficulties in attention, language and motor skills. 

Research group(s)

Sleep, language and memory (SLAM)

Grants

  • Lisa Henderson (University of York)
  • Gareth Gaskell (University of York)
  • Anna Weighall (University of Leeds)
  • Meesha Warmington (University of York)

Publications

Selected publications

  • Smith, F. & Bunn, S. Parliament, legislation and science: experiences of the BPS/POST postgraduate fellowship. Invited presentation in Special Educational Needs Hot Topics session at BPS Annual Conference, Birmingham, May 2014.
  • Smith, F., Nash, H., Hayiou-Thomas, E. & Snowling, M. Consolidation of new vocabulary in children with Down syndrome. Paper presented at BPS Developmental Psychology Conference, Reading, September 2013.
  • Smith, F., Nash, H., Roman, E. & Snowling, M. Health and early cognitive development in children with Down syndrome. Paper presented at BPS Developmental Psychology Conference, Glasgow, September 2012.
  • Smith, F., Nash, H., Roman, E. & Snowling, M. The relationship between health and early cognitive development in children with Down syndrome. Paper presented at the Down Syndrome Research Forum, Portsmouth, October 2011.
  • Smith, F., Nash, H. & Snowling, M. Orthographic learning in children at risk of dyslexia: a nonword training study. Poster presented at BPS Developmental Psychology Conference, Newcastle, September 2011.

Contact details

Ms Faye Smith
Department of Psychology
The University of York
Heslington, York
Room C118
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 323158