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

Area of expertise

  • Child language

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

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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