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I am Professor in Experimental Psychology and Fellow of St. John's College (visit my St John's page here).  My interests in children's language and literacy development began with my DPhil research at the University of York (1991-1994) which explored factors influencing spelling development.  Following my DPhil, I stayed in York working as a Research Fellow for 5 years before being appointed Lecturer in Psychology at York in 1999.  I moved to Oxford in 2002.

Kate Nation

BSc DPhil CPsychol.

Professor of Experimental Psychology

  • Fellow of St John's College
  • Director of ReadOxford and Language and Cognitive Development Research Group
  • Partner Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • Associate Head for Personnel

Development & Disorders

Research Summary

Broadly, my research is concerned with the language processing, especially reading development.  I am interested in how children learn to read words and comprehend text, and more generally, the relationship between spoken language and written language. A key aim at present to specify some of the mechanisms involved in the transition from novice to expert. We also study language processing in skilled adults, addressing the issue of how skilled behaviour emerges via language learning experience. 

For more information, visit our research hub at ReadOxford and our academic research group home page.

Find my Google Scholar research profile and citations here .

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