Children's Communication Impairments
encompasses Psychology, Linguistics Neurobiology & Genetics
widely-used communication assessments Children's Communication Checklist 2
Influenced formulation of diagnostic guidelines
We study the nature and causes of communication difficulties in children, especially Developmental Language Disorder.
The Oxford Study of Children's Communication Impairments (OSCCI) was funded for many years by the Wellcome trust, headed by Principal Investigator, Professor Dorothy Bishop to study the underlying nature of children's communication problems, especially developmental language disorder, and children with an additional X or Y chromosome. Since 2016, we have been funded by a programme grant from the European Research Council (ERC), and our current primary focus is on how the two sides of the brain process language (language laterality) and how this relates to language functioning. We are also actively involved in work to encourage open and reproducible research.
See the YouTube Channel for Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD).
An index of videos can be also found at:
The Consortium on Language Asymmetry (COLA) is a group of research teams united by an interest in understanding language lateralisation in the brain. It was set up in 2018 with the aims of sharing knowledge, data and materials, and conducting collaborative experiments. For more information, please see our website:
Current Research Projects
Booklets to help parents tell their child about a diagnosis of an extra sex chromosome
Dr. Kuppuraj Sengottuvel memorial film
Dorothy Bishop will retire in 2021 and so is not taking on any new graduate students.
We do not have any current vacancies, but if any arise they will be posted here.
Professor Dorothy Bishop has been chosen as one of the 25 members of the University of Oxford to be celebrated in a series of new portraits, in the Diversifying Portraiture project.