E-DLD was co-founded by three academics. We have been researching language difficulties for many years. Each of us has faced stumbling blocks when carrying out research into DLD.
Low public awareness of DLD makes it hard to invite people to take part in research.
Fewer studies into DLD means lower understanding by families and professionals.
We wanted to change this. So we created E-DLD: Informing and empowering families while improving research.
Meet the team
Dr Michelle St-Clair
Michelle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath. Her research focuses on the long-term outcomes associated with DLD. She is interested in how early language delay and disorder influences long term child and adolescent outcomes. Her research focuses primarily on emotional and social difficulties among young people with DLD.
Prof. Nicola Botting
Nikki is a Professor at City, University of London. Her research focuses on language impairment, autism, and other developmental disorders. She is particularly keen to know more about the overlap between different disorders and the links between verbal and non-verbal skills.
Dr Jenny Gibson
Jenny is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Her research explores the links between language and social development. She is particularly interested in the impact of autism and DLD on mental health and social relationships during childhood.
The E-DLD project is currently supported by Jason Chan (3rd year placement student currently studying for a BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath) and Annabel Burnley (current PhD student at the University of Bath).
E-DLD has also been supported by Tsz Lok Ng (Placement Student, University of Cardiff), Dr Vanessa Lloyd-Esenkaya (Previously a PhD candidate, University of Bath) and Annabelle Cameron (University of Bath Undergraduate Student).