Dr Penny Levickis
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow
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.
PhD - 2013, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
B.A. (Hons) Sociology - 2003, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
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
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.
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.
- Conway L, Levickis P, Smith K, McKean C, Mensah F, Reilly S. Associations between expressive and receptive language and internalizing and externalizing behaviours in a community-based prospective study of slow-to-talk toddlers. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 2017, epub ahead of print.
- Law J, Levickis P, McKean C, Goldfeld S, Snow P, Reilly S. Child Language in a Public Health Context. Melbourne: Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 2017.
- Smith J, Levickis P, Eadie P, Bretherton L, Conway L, Goldfeld S. Concurrent associations between maternal behaviours and infant communication within a cohort of women and their infants experiencing adversity. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2017, Epub ahead of print.
- Hudson S, Levickis P, Down K, Nicholls R, Wake M. Maternal responsiveness at age 2 years predicts child language outcomes at ages 3 and 4 years: Longitudinal population study. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 2015, 50, 136-142.
- Down K, Levickis P, Hudson S, Nicholls R, Wake M. Measuring maternal responsiveness in a community-based sample of slow-to-talk toddlers: A cross-sectional study. Child: Care, Health & Development 2015, 41, 329-333.
- Wake M, Levickis P, Tobin S, Gold L, Ukoumunne OC, Zens N, Goldfeld S, Le H, Law J, Reilly S. Two-Year Outcomes of a Population-Based Intervention for Preschool Language Delay: An RCT. Pediatrics 2015, 136(4), e838–e847.
- Wake M, Tobin S, Levickis P, Gold L, Zens N, Goldfeld S, Le H, Law J, Reilly S. Five-year old outcomes of population-based intervention for preschoolers with language delay: The Language for Learning Randomised Trial. Pediatrics 132, 895 –902 2014, 132, 895 –902.
- Reilly S, McKean C, Levickis P. Late talking: can it predict later language difficulties?. Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language, 2014. Research Snapshot 2.
- Levickis P, McKean C. Late talking: does parenting behaviour hold the key?. Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language, 2014. Research Snapshot 4.
- Levickis P, McKean C. Late talking: is intervention necessary and effective?. Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language, 2014. Research Snapshot 3.
- Levickis P, Reilly S, Girolametto L, Ukoumunne OC, Wake M. Maternal behaviors promoting language acquisition in slow-to-talk toddlers: Prospective community-based study. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2014, 35(4), 274-281.