University of Hertfordshire

Dr Silvana Mengoni


I am a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Head of 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. My methodological expertise includes clinical trials, process evaluations and mixed-methods research. My recent projects include:

  • WIELD 2 - Self-management and quality of life for people with learning disabilities and epilepsy
  • Making Positive Moves - Sustaining community living for people with learning disabilities
  • READY - Process evaluation of exercise as an intervention for young people with depression
  • Kaspar - The use of robots as interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Feeding and eating in children with Down syndrome 
  • Health service provision for children with Down syndrome

Prior to joining the University of Hertfordshire, I was a Research Associate at the Open University (2012-14) 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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