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Assoc. Prof. Dr Rachel Pye | Former Head of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Dr RachelAssoc. Prof. Dr Rachel Pye was awarded a PhD in Psychology by the University of Reading in 2008, for her thesis on predicting improvement in reading in dyslexic children. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Reading with before taking a lectureship at the University of Winchester. She returned to the University of Reading in 2014, and became Director of Teaching and Learning for undergraduate psychology programmes. Rachel won a Collaborative Teaching Award (2016) and a prestigious University Teaching Fellowship (2016), and was awarded the title of Associate Professor in 2017.

Rachel joined UoRM in 2017, and heads a vibrant team of international researchers and lecturers. Her research focuses on reading development in multilingual populations and teaching and learning in higher education. She co-supervises four PhD students based at UoRM across a variety of psychology disciplines. She also served a term as Academic Director of Teaching and Learning, leading on quality assurance and best teaching practise across campus.


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Speciality areas

Developmental psychology

Highest qualification and awarding body

PhD in Psychology, University of Reading, 2008

UoRM programmes taught/supervised

BSc (Hons) Psychology:
PY1LAL Learning About Learning
PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
PY3TAR Typical and Atypical Reading

PhD in Psychology

Research interests

Reading and dyslexia, reading across languages, reading using technology, teaching and learning in higher education contexts,

Current projects

Developing reading assessments for multilingual populations.

Language use at international campuses (with Bruce Howell, FSLI UoRM & Dr Christiana Themistocleous, Linguistics UoR).

Formative assessment for medical students (with Dr Clare Guilding, Newcastle University UK)

Child Suggestibility in Investigative Interviewing
(with Dr Kai Li Chung, University of Reading)

Recent publications

Uther M., Ross K., Randell J., Pye R. (2019) Digital vs. Hard Copy? A Preliminary Study of Reading Style in Children Using Touch Screen and Paper Books. In: Marcus A., Wang W. (eds) Design, User Experience, and Usability. Application Domains. HCII 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11585. Springer, Cham

Valentini, A., Ricketts, J., Pye, R.E and Houston-Price, C. (2018) Listening while reading promotes word learning from stories. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 167, 10-31. doi: 10.1016/jecp.2017.09.022.

Pye, R. E. and Simpson, L. K. (2017) Family functioning differences across the deployment cycle in British Army families: the perceptions of wives and children. Military Medicine. ISSN 1930-613X (In Press)

Ross, K. M., Pye, R. E. and Randell, J. (2016) Reading touch screen storybooks with mothers negatively affects seven-year-old readers’ comprehension but enriches emotional engagement. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. 1728. ISSN 1664-1078 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01728


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