University of Hertfordshire

Dr Silvana Mengoni


The majority of my research is with children and adults with learning disabilities and/or long-term health conditions. I am particularly interested in research that has clear applications to policy and practice in health and education. 

I lead a workstream of research on learning disabilities, with a particular focus on health services research. I joined the University of Hertfordshire in July 2014 as a Research Fellow on the WIELD project, which is a feasibility randomised controlled trial evaluating the use of a picture booklet to improve the management of epilepsy and quality of life in people with learning disabilities. I also manage projects exploring health service provision for children with Down syndrome and how this may be improved. 

Prior to joining UH, 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, and evaluating 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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