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I joined the University of Bath as a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology in 2014. My background for the 7 years prior to joining the University of Bath had been in the field of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Manchester and the University of Cambrige. In particular, I have developed expertise on analysing large scale, complex data analysis across several different projects. In 2020 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer.
My current research interests focus on several related aspects of developmental psychology. In particular, my research team at Bath is investigating how early language delay and disorder (Developmental Language Disorder [DLD; previously known as Specific Language Impairment] more specifically) influences long term child and adolescent outcomes. We are particularly interested in investigating the developmental pathways from early language difficulties to the increased rates of emotional and social difficulties which are commonly found in this population. As developmental language disorder has a high prevalence rate (approximately 7%), understanding the pathways to the increased maladaptive outcomes found in this population is of importance.
We investigate this by both looking at language ability and language delay in large scale cohort studies as well as with projects run from our new laboratory facilities in Bath aiming to test more specific hypotheses. The combination of initial analyses in a longitudinal cohorts with follow-up studies to more specifically investigate hypotheses is a strength of my group's research here in Bath.
Alongside Professor Nicola Botting at City, University of London and Dr Jenny Gibson at the University of Cambridge, I have recently launched an ambitious new project - Engage with Developmental Language Disorder. This project aims to do two main things. First, we aim to make research on DLD more accessible to those who need to understand it most - the parents of children with DLD and adults with DLD. We do this by summarising scientific papers into an accessible format for non-experts. Secondly, this project is building a research database of families, adolescents and individuals with DLD. Regular emails are sent advertising different DLD research projects from a wide variety of researcher. DLD researchers simply need to fill in a few forms and send in evidence of their ethical approval for us to advertise their projects to E-DLD members. The overall aim of this project is to create a resource for the entire DLD community - information for parents and increased research capacity for DLD researchers.
To complement my work on DLD, I have started a new line of research looking at how parental use of smart phones may influence child language environment. We know from a range of studies that the quantity and quality of language children hear is overwhelmingly influential in the pace of their language development. Emerging evidence indicates that smart phone use may reduce parental responsivity to children. How these factors interact to influence a child's language environment and language development is one of our current areas of interest.
Willing to supervise doctoral students
How parental mobile phone use influences the child language environment and the pace of language development
Developmental Language Disorder and emotional self regulation in children
Developmental Language Disorder and peer victimisation/friendship difficulties
Early environmental factors (specifically SES related differences) and rates language acquisition
Rates and importance of unsuspected language disorders in either the a.) unemployed population; b) CAMHS referred population; c) children/adolescence/youth in juvenile detention centres.
Visiting Scientist, University of Cambridge1 Jul 2015 → 1 Jul 2016
Collaborative Writing Retreat Workshop with the Prevention Research Group at Stellenbosch University
1/01/19 → 31/07/19
30/04/18 → 8/07/19
Project: Research-related funding
Engage with Developmental Language Disorder: A new project to facilitate research into Developmental Language DisorderSt Clair, M., Gibson, J. L., Chan, L. F. J., Lloyd-Esenkaya, V. & Botting, N., 4 Jun 2021.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster › peer-review
Social functioning as a mediator between Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and emotional problems in adolescentsForrest, C., Gibson, J. L. & St Clair, M., 1 Feb 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18, 3, p. 1-17 1221.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Special issue › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
What is the nature of peer interactions in children with language disorders? A qualitative study of parent and practitioner viewsLloyd-Esenkaya, V., St Clair, M., Russell, A., Jordan, A. & Forrest, C., 30 Mar 2021, In: Autism & Developmental Language Impairments. 6, p. 1-17 43 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
A cross-lagged analysis of emotion regulation, peer problems and emotional problems in children with and without early language difficulties: Evidence from the Millennium Cohort StudyForrest, C., Gibson, J. L., Halligan, S. & St Clair, M., 27 Apr 2020, In: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research (JSLHR). 63, 4, p. 1227-1239 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
Expressive vocabulary predicts non-verbal executive function: a 2-year longitudinal study of deaf and hearing childrenJones, A., Atkinson, J., Marshall, C., Botting, N., St Clair, M. C. & Morgan, G., 6 Mar 2020, In: Child Development. 91, 2, p. e400-e414 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)20 Downloads (Pure)