University of Hertfordshire

Dr Silvana Mengoni

Overview

I am a Senior Research Fellow and Research Coordinator in the Centre for Health Services and Clinical Research. I have expertise in applied research with children and adults with learning disabilities and/or long-term health conditions. I am currently involved in qualitative research aiming to understand how to improve self-management and quality of life for people with learning disabilities and epilepsy, a randomised controlled trial of a social skills intervention using a robot with children with autism spectrum disorder and a programme of mixed-methods research exploring early health and development of children with Down syndrome.

Prior to joining the University of Hertfordshire, I was a Research Associate at the Open University working on projects with Early Support, which involved producing resources for parents of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and professionals who work with them. We also used qualitative methodologies to evaluate key working services for families.

I completed my BSc(Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Reading, Language and Cognition at the University of York. I also completed my PhD at York, which was titled 'The reciprocal relationship between oral language and reading skills in children with Down syndrome'. This was awarded in 2012 and I then took up a Project Co-ordinator post in the Centre for Reading and Language, where I worked on a number of different projects focusing on reading and language development in typical and atypical populations, including a validation study of the national phonics screening check.

 

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