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Research interests

Zoe is a Developmental Psychologist interested in language learning and literacy, across a range of ages, and in a variety of contexts.

Research includes investigations into early literacy development such as how children learn words from shared reading interactions. This has included looking at the effects of different book formats, illustrations and reading styles on language and literacy acquisition. Other research investigated differences in parent-child shared reading interactions with different book formats, and the use of touchscreens during shared reading. Upcoming projects investigate the effects of different media types on emergent literacy skills using eye tracking technology.

Zoe's research includes community projects with home educating families in the South of England, and investigations into how learning environments (including online learning) support the timely acquisition of literacy skills, broader "life skills" and wellbeing.

Zoe is a keen advocate of Open Scholarship (Open Science), and shares resources, code and analyses on the Open Science Framework.  Zoe leads Brighton's Reproducibilitea journal club for Open Science Advocates and is local network lead for the UK Reproducibility Network.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising projects relating to

  • the development of communication skills (e.g., early gesture/language development/pre-literacy and literacy acquisition)
  • Any aspect of shared reading interactions, including technology related
  • alternative education (home education/flexischooling/alternative settings)
  • learning within the home context

 I would welcome the opportunity to support Open Science practices wherever possible

External positions

External Examiner, University of Plymouth

28 Feb 2023 → …

Local Network Lead

Nov 2020 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Home Education
  • Learning
  • Storybook
  • Literacy
  • Language
  • Education
  • Early Years
  • Shared Reading
  • L Education (General)
  • Alternative Education


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