Dr Jenny Thomson, BMedSci, PhD, MRCSLT

jenny thomson

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

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2440
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 2439
email : j.m.thomson@sheffield.ac.uk


I have joined the department in 2013. Trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, my research and clinical work have been focused on the intersection between language and literacy difficulties. I completed a PhD at the Institute of Child Health, University College London which explored causal mechanisms in developmental dyslexia using both neuroscientific and behavioural measures. I then continued researching developmental dyslexia through a postdoc at the University of Cambridge (2004-06) and more latterly through Assistant and Associate Professor positions at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2006-2013). I also hold a visiting position at the National Reading Centre, University of Stavanger, Norway.

Research interests

• Developmental dyslexia and digital literacies
• The neuroscience of specific learning disabilities
• Relationships between music, rhythm and literacy

Current Research Projects

  • Erasmus+ Grant (2018-202): A is for App (https://www.aisforapp.eu/), with school, university and literacy organization partners in Belgium, the Netherlands and Czech Republic.
  • Heather van der Lely Foundation (2018-2019): Digital assessment and Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
  • Leverhulme Trust Research Grant (2015-2019): Evaluating the effect of exposure to digital text on early literacy development
  • White Rose DTC ESRC Network (2015 – 2019): Understanding and enhancing reading and language skills in children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) (Academic Lead: Anna Weighall (University of Leeds); Collaborators: Claudine Bowyer-Crane and Emma Marsden (University of York), Silke Fricke and Jenny Thomson (University of Sheffield), Anna Weighall and Hannah Nash (University of Leeds); Partners: Born in Bradford (BiB))
  • COST E-Read (2014-18) Management Committee and Core Group member: http://ereadcost.eu/index.php/en/

Selected publications

  • Barzillai, M., Thomson, J., van den Broek, P., & and Schroeder, S. (2018). Learning to read in a digital world. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, NL [book]
  • Lundetrae, K., & Thomson, J. (2018). Rhythm production at school entry as a predictor of poor word reading and spelling at end of grade 1. Reading and Writing, 31, 215-237 . doi.org/10.1007/s11145-017-9782-9
  • Kim, J, Hemphill, L., Troyer, M., Thomson, J., Jones, S., LaRusso, M., & Donovan, S. (2017) Engaging struggling readers to improve reading skills. Reading Research Quarterly, 52, 357–382, doi.org/10.1002/rrq.171
  • Thomson, J., & Jarmulowicz, L. (2016). Linguistic rhythm and literacy. John Benjamins Publishing: NL.
  • Schneps, M.H., Thomson, J., Chen, C., Sonnert, G., & Pomplun, M. (2013). E-readers are more effective than paper for some with dyslexia. PLOS ONE. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0075634.