Dea Nielsen, BSc, MRes

Dea Nielsen

Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2438

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I studied for both my undergraduate (2008-2011) and MRes (2011-2012) degrees at the Department of Psychology at the University of York. During this time I worked on a variety of different subjects, but was always most interested in child development and language learning. My undergraduate project examined perception and global vs. local biases in the nonclinical ASD spectrum, and utilised both behavioural and ERP measures. My MRes project explored word learning in typically developing children and children with Down syndrome.

Research interests

  • Development of speech, language, and literacy skills in young monolingual and bilingual children
  • Cognitive predictors of literacy acquisition
  • Impact of socioeconomic and educational factors on bilingual children’s language and academic development

Research project

My PhD thesis focuses on how young children who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and their monolingual peers develop in their language and literacy skills in primary school. The aim of this research is to explore whether these young bilingual and monolingual children are developing in a similar way and at a similar pace in their language and literacy skills, and to explore whether learning is predicted by the same skills in both groups.


  • Dr. Silke Fricke (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Meesha Warmington (University of Sheffield)

Publications and presentations

Monk, A.F., Jackson, D., Nielsen, D., Jefferies, E., and Olivier, P. (2011). N-backer: An auditory n-back task with automatic scoring of spoken responses. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 888-896.


University Prize Scholarship Award, University of Sheffield (2012-2015)