Linguistics at Newcastle

Staff Profile

Dr Penny Levickis

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

Background

Background

I completed my PhD titled Understanding maternal behaviours that promote language development in slow-to-talk toddlers in 2013. Subsequently, I took up the position as a post-doctoral research fellow within the Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (CRE-CL) at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. In this position, I was primarily responsible for the CRE-CL’s Language for Learning cohort. This involved the supervision of Masters and PhD students utilising the cohort for secondary data analysis; managing and carrying out the 2015-2016 follow-up study of the cohort for which I am a co-investigator; and carrying out cohort maintenance. Prior to joining the CRE-CL, I was a senior research assistant on two large population-based randomised controlled trials (Let’s Learn Language and Language for Learning), aimed at improving outcomes for children at risk of ongoing language impairment. In December 2016 I joined Speech and Language Sciences as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow. My supervisors are Professor James Law and Dr Cristina McKean.       

Qualifications

PhD - 2013, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

B.A. (Hons) Sociology - 2003, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Previous Positions

2013 - 2016     Research officer, Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia

2013 - 2015     Postdoctoral research fellow, Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia

2005 – 2013    Research Assistant – Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Research

Research Interests

My research efforts have focussed on examining factors that predict variation in language pathways, in particular contributions of parent-child interactions, as well as investigating the effectiveness of prevention and intervention for children at risk of ongoing language difficulties. I have specific training in coding parent-child interactions, qualitative and quantitative analysis and experience in child language randomised controlled trials and longitudinal studies. My current interest lies in developing and trialling language interventions delivered within a framework of “proportionate universalism”, whereby a universal service is offered to all children and parents, with additional service appropriate to additional needs.

 

 

 

Current Projects

As part of my Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship I am conducting a project which focusses on population-based approaches to enhancing parent-child interaction to improve child oral language skills and reduce social inequalities.  

Publications