Dr Cristina McKean
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6528
- Address: Room 2.18a
School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences
King George VI Building
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am a Lecturer and Speech and Language Therapist, with experience of working with children with a wide range of Speech Language and Comunication Needs (SLCN) and of working in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals.
This experience motivates my interests as a practitioner, lecturer and a researcher.
I qualifed as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1989 from Manchester Polytechnic (now MMU). Since that time I have worked as a specialist and a senior specialist in a number of educational and healthcare settings focussing mainly on the pre-school and early primary years. My main areas of clinical experience and expertise are in supporting children with Language Impairment and Autistic Spectrum Conditions and in working collaboratively with parents, carers and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
I came to Newcastle to study for the MSc in Human Communication Sciences in 2003 and have never really left. I returned to study with a raft of questions arising directly from my clinical work and was bitten by the research bug and motivated to continue in research by the need to develop a strong evidence base for the SLT profession.
Through research in partnership with clinicians, educational practitioners, students and families I aim to contribute to finding ways to reduce the disabling effects of speech language and communication needs on an individual’s life.
Roles and Responsibilities
Deputy Chair of Working Group ‘Understanding the delivery of interventions for LI across Europe and beyond’ European COST Action IS1406
Editor of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, official Journal of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Child Language Committee Member - International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
PhD Speech Sciences – January 2010, Newcastle University
MSc Human Communication Sciences – Degree with Distinction 2005, Newcastle University
BSc Speech Pathology and Therapy – Degree with Distinction 1989 Manchester Polytechnic
Registered Member of the Health Professions Council
Registered Member Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Member of International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
My work is motivated by the desire to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental speech and language difficulties. I aim to contribute to finding ways to reduce the disabling effects of speech, language and communication needs on an individual’s life and to influence policy-makers to tackle the social exclusion which often accompanies such difficulties.
My research focusses on Child Language development & disorders with the aim of promoting robust language development for all children. My work encompasses longitudinal cohort secondary data analyses, intervention studies, & analyses of service delivery approaches.
This includes work focussed on:
- the nature & predictors of individual differences in longitudinal trajectories in child language
- early identification of children who experience poor language into the school years
- co-occurring difficulties & quality of life limitations in children with Developmental Language Disorders
- Developing & evaluating an intervention for pre-school children with severe Language Disorders based on usage-based linguistics
- Understanding optimal co-practice between SLTs & Educational staff
- Understanding service delivery for children with DLD across Europe
- The interface between lexical and phonological knowledge
Current Projects and webpages
- SEED:- Social InEquality and its Effects on child Development: A study of birth cohorts in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands
- COST Action IS1406 Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond: a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language
- Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language
- IMPACT- Improving parent and child interaction to enhance oral language development (led by Penny Levickis - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow)
Postgraduate Supervision: Doctoral Students
- Juliane Hasselaar (completed 2014)
- Siti Faizal (submitted 2018)
- Katalin Tamasi (IDEALab http://em-idealab.com) (completed 2017)
- Noura AlAjroush
- Anastasia Trebacz
- Kate Hope
- Josie Tulip
- Steph van Eeden
Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss completing a PhD with me related to the areas of interest listed above.
2018 – 2022 Do children with persisting articulation disorder related to cleft palate have an underlying language and/or auditory processing disorder? van Eeden, S., Stringer, H., McKean, C. NIHR PhD Studentship (van Eeden) £80000
2017 – 2020 Promoting school readiness in children at risk through language interventions: an exploration of how and why child, family and social factors influence response to language interventions and school readiness outcomes Tulip, J. McKean, C., Law, J., Rush, R., Mroz, ESRC NINEDTP Studentship (Tulip) £60000
2016 – 2019 Devising an effective intervention for pre-school children with poor language development: do ‘usage based’ theories of language acquisition hold the key? McKean, C. Stringer, H., Law, J. Research Excellence Academy, PhD Studentship, Newcastle University. £56, 373
2016 Early Language Development: Needs, provision and intervention for preschool children from socio-economically disadvantage backgrounds. Commissioned review. Law, J., Theakston, A., Dockrell, J., McKean, C., Gascoigne, M. Education Endowment Foundation. £27, 880.
2016-2017 Promoting parent-child reading to improve school readiness and later language development: Who does it work for and how much difference can it make? Nuffield Foundations, Law, J., King, T., McKean, C., Rush, R. £60, 000
2016-2019 Improving parent and child interaction to enhance oral language development IMPACT. Levickis, P. Law, J. McKean, C.and Noone, H. Horizon 2020 MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS Individual Fellowship €195,454
2015 -2019 IS1406 Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond - a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language Law, J., Saldana, D., Murphy, C, Gerrits, E., McKean, C., Thordardottir, E., Topbas, S. European COST Action Horizon 2020 €500,000
2015: - 2016 Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victorian Government (AUS$150,000); Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, (AUS$50,000); "Language for Learning Follow Up Study". Wake, M., Goldfeld, S., Levickis, P., Reilly, S., Law, J., McKean, C., Mensah, F., Le, H. (AUS$200,000)
2015: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victorian Government, Australia. 'Every Toddler Talking' Literature and Practice Review: approaches to supporting language and communication for children birth to age three." Reilly, S., West, S., Fry, R., McKean, C., Levickis, P., McDonald, M., Wale, M., Goldfeld, S., Hackworth, N., Elek, C. (£42,373).
2015: NHMRC: Extension to Post-doctoral Fellowship, Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language, MCRI. (£8, 631)
2013 - 2015 NHRMC: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language, MCRI. (£46, 130)
2013 - 2014 HASS Faculty Research Fund & North Tyneside LA. "Co-constructing an intervention to promote 'Language for All': understanding the multi-agency pathway for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (Law, J., McKean, C., Cockerill, M., Allon-Smith, J., Robinson, K., Alexander, G.)(£20, 000)
2013: HEIF "Building Early Sentences Therapy: the BEST language intervention for young children with severe language difficulties. A usage based, cross-linguistic therapy." (McKean, C., Pert, S., Stow, C.) (£10, 000)
2009 - 2011 Knowledge Transfer Partnership with North Tyneside Local Authority "Understanding what matters most: exploring profiles and trajectories of development and learning from the early years to formal education." (James, D., Close, G., Wesolowski, K., McKean, C.)(£133, 000).
2010: ECLS School Research Fund "First steps towards usage-based Speech and Language Therapy: exploratory data from a novel assessment and therapy approach" (McKean, C.)(£5700).
2005 - 2009 ESRC Postgraduate Studentship (Open Competition) “Investigating the development of a developmental disorder: mapping change and early deficits in Specific Language Impairment”. (McKean, C.) (£48150)
I joined Newcastle University in 2009 as a Lecturer in Speech and Language Sciences. I am a qualified Speech and Language Therapist with extensive experience within the NHS.
I believe Speech and Language Therapy is one of the most rewarding and fascinating of careers and I feel privileged to be involved in the training of the talented and committed Speech and Language Therapists who graduate from Newcastle University.
As a clinician I worked with children with developmental speech, language and communication disorders and their families. I now conduct research examining how and why children differ in their language development and how best to design and deliver interventions which promote robust language development for all. My clinical and research experience informs my approach to teaching. I am passionate about the benefits of inquiry-based learning and the value of research-led-teaching.
Pedagogically I design my teaching to promote independent, critical thinking and evidence-based problem solving.
I believe it is essential that pre-registration programmes encourage the development of research aware and active SLTs. I offer opportunities to students at all levels to be involved in high quality research.
In my role as Editor-in Chief of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, together with my colleague Steven Bloch, I have introduced a student research project prize. This prize, sponsored by Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, will be awarded annually to the best student research projects in UK pre-registration SLT programmes.
Modules I teach into or lead are listed below.
Child Language and Development
Cases: Childhood Speech Language and Communication Difficulties
Issues in Developmental Language Difficulties
Speech Pathology: Sensory
Speech Pathology: Cognition
UG Dissertation supervision
Child Language and Development
Cases: Childhood Speech Language and Communication Difficulties
Speech Pathology: Sensory
Speech Pathology: Cognition
Masters Extended Case Supervision
Masters Dissertation Supervision
I welcome applications to study with me at doctoral level in all aspects of child language development and disorders and in particular research focussed on
· population approaches to child language development
· developmental change
· service delivery models in child language interventions
· lexical/phonological interface
Previous and Current PhD students
· Steph van Eeden (NIHR)
· Josie Tulip (NINE-DTP ESRC)
· Anastasia Trebacz (Newcastle University Research Excellence Academy)
· Kate Hope
· Noura Al Ajroush
· Siti Faizal
· Kata Tamasi (IDEA Lab) – completed
· Juliana Hasselaar - completed
- Hasselaar J, Letts C, McKean C. Case marking in German speaking children with specific language impairment and with phonological impairment. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics 2018. In Press.
- Forbes J, McCartney E, McKean C, Laing K, Cockerill M, Law J. Co/productive practitioner relations for children with SLCN: an affect inflected agentic frame. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 2018, (ePub ahead of print).
- McKean C, Law J, Morgan A, Reilly S. Developmental Language Disorder. In: Rueschemeyer S; Gaskell G, ed. Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. In Press.
- Levickis P, Sciberras E, McKean C, Conway L, Pezic A, Mensah F, Bavin E, Bretherton L, Eadie P, Prior M, Reilly S. Language and social-emotional and behavioural wellbeing from 4-7 years: A community-based study. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2018, 27(7), 849-859.
- Eadie PE, Conway L, Hallenstein B, Mensah F, McKean C, Reilly S. Quality of Life in Children with Developmental Language Disorder. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 2018, epub ahead of print.
- Law J, Charlton J, McKean C, Beyer F, Fernandez-Garcia C, Mashayekhi A, Rush R. Parent-child reading to improve language development and school readiness: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Newcastle University and Queen Margaret University, 2018.
- McKean C, Wraith D, Eadie P, Cook F, Mensah F, Reilly S. Subgroups in language trajectories from 4 to 11 years: the nature and predictors of stable, improving and decreasing language trajectory groups. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2017, 58(10), 1081–1091.
- 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, 52, 839-853.
- McKean C, Reilly S, Bavin E, Bretherton L, Cini E, Conway L, Cook F, Eadie P, Prior M, Wake M, Mensah F. Language outcomes at 7 years: early predictors and co-occurring difficulties. Pediatrics 2017, 139(3), e20161684.
- Tamasi K, McKean C, Gafos A, Fritzsche T, Hohle B. Pupillometry registers toddlers' sensitivity to degrees of mispronunciation. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 2017, 153, 140–148.
- King T, McKean C, Rush R, Westrupp E, Mensah FK, Reilly S, Law J. Acquisition of maternal education and its relation to single word reading in middle childhood: An analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly 2017, 63(2), 181-209.
- 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.
- Law J, Levickis P, McKean C, Nolan C, Goldfeld S. Oral language – a foundation for learning. Centre of Research Excellence for Child Language, 2017. Policy Brief 3.
- Bishop DVM, Snowling MJ, Thompson PA, Greenhalgh T, CATALISE-2 consortium, Consortium members include, Gibbs S, Law J, McKean C, Stringer H. Phase 2 of CATALISE: a multinational and multidisciplinary Delphi consensus study of problems with language development: Terminology. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2017, 58(10), 1068-1080.
- Law J, Charlton J, Dockrell J, Gascoigne M, McKean C, Theakston A. Early Language Development: Needs, provision and intervention for pre-school children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. London Education Endowment Foundation. Public Health England, 2017.
- Reilly S, McKean C, Morgan A, Wake M. Pre-school speech, language and fluency impairments: Best practice in identification and management. In: Machonochie I, ed. Recent Advances in Paediatrics 28. London: JP Medical Ltd, 2017, pp.23-36.
- McKean C, Law J, Laing K, Cockerill M, Allon-Smith J, McCartney E, Forbes J. A qualitative case study in the social capital of co-professional collaborative co-practice for children with speech language and communication needs. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 2017, 52(4), 514-527.
- McKean C, Law J, Mensah F, Eadie P, Frazer K, Reilly S. Predicting meaningful differences in school-entry language skills from child and family factors measured at 12 months of age. International Journal of Early Childhood 2016, 48(3), 329-351.
- Bishop DVM, Snowling MJ, Thompson PA, Greenhalgh T, CATALISE consortium, Consortium members include, Gibbs S, Law J, McKean C, Stringer H. CATALISE: A Multinational and Multidisciplinary Delphi Consensus Study. Identifying Language Impairments in Children. PLoS One 2016, 11(12), e0168066.
- Reilly S, Roseby C, McKean C, Goldfeld S, Law J, Mensah F, Lecivkis P. Taking the ‘specific’ out of language impairment. Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language, 2016. Research Snapshot 6.
- McKean C, Mensah F, Eadie P, Bavin E, Bretherton L, Cini E, Reilly S. Levers for Language Growth: Characteristics and Predictors of Language Trajectories between 4 and 7 Years. PLoS One 2015, 10(8), e0134251.
- Reilly S, McKean C, Morgan A, Wake M. Clinical Review: Identifying and managing common childhood language and speech impairments. British Medical Journal 2015, 350, h2318.
- Binti Faizal S, Khattab G, McKean C. The Qur’an Lexicon Project: A database of lexical statistics and phonotactic probabilities for 19,286 contextually and phonetically transcribed types in Qur’anic Arabic. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. 2015, Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow.
- Reilly S, Tomblin B, Law J, McKean C, Mensah FK, Morgan A, Goldfeld S, Nicholson JM, Wake M. Specific language impairment: a convenient label for whom?. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 2014, 49(4), 416-451.
- McKean C, Letts CA, Howard D. Triggering word learning in children with Language Impairment: The effect of phonotactic probability and neighbourhood density. Journal of Child Language 2014, 41(6), 1224-1228.
- 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.
- McKean C, Letts CA, Howard D. Developmental Change Is Key to Understanding Primary Language Impairment: The Case of Phonotactic Probability and Nonword Repetition. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research 2013, 56(5), 1579-1594.
- McKean C, Letts CA, Howard D. Functional reorganization in the developing lexicon: separable and changing influences of lexical and phonological variables on children's fast-mapping. Journal of Child Language 2013, 40(2), 307-335.
- McKean C. Marshall, Chloe, ed. Current Issues in Developmental Disorders, (Hove: Psychology Press, 2013) ISBN: 9781848720848. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 2013, 48(5), 599-599.
- McKean C, Wesolowski K, Page D, Close G, James D. Understanding what matters most: exploring profiles and trajectories of learning and development from the early years to formal education. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle University, 2011.
- McKean C, Pert S, Stow C. Building Early Sentences Therapy (BEST): A Home Language Intervention Programme for Young Children with Severe Language Difficulties. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Newcastle University, 2012.
- McKean C. Michael Perkins, Pragmatic Impairment (Review). Pragmatics and Cognition 2010, 18(1), 196-202.
- McKean C. [PhD Thesis] Investigating the development of a developmental disorder: Mapping the trajectory of lexical development in Specific Language Impairment. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Newcastle University, 2009.
- McKean C. Current Literature: Relations among Speech, Language and Reading Disorders. Pennington B.F. & Bishop D.V.M. (2009) Annual Review of Psychology, 60, 283-306. Child: Care, Health and Development 2009, 35(4), 586.
- McKean C. Speech and Language Therapy Resources to Download: Nottingham SLT advice sheets: Strategies to promote early language development. nottinghamcity.gov.uk: Nottingham City Council, 1997. Advice Sheets.
- Tamasi K, McKean C, Gafos A, Hohle B. Children's gradient sensitivity to phonological mismatch: Considering the dynamics of looking behavior and pupil dilation. Journal of Child Language 2018, (ePub ahead of Print).