Dr Jenny Thomson, BMedSci, PhD, MRCSLT

jenny thomson

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

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

Biography

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).

Research interests

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

Collaborators

• Dr Matthew Schneps; Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, USA.
• Dr Felipe Fregni; Director, Center of Neuromodulation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA
• Drs. Catherine Snow and Lowry Hemphill; Catalysing Comprehension through Discussion and Debate (CCDD) project, Boston, USA

Current Research Projects

• Leverhulme Trust Research Grant (2015-2019): Evaluating the effect of exposure to digital text on early literacy development
• White Rose DTC ESRC Network (2015 – 2018): 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

• Thomson, J., & Jarmulowicz, L. (2016). Linguistic rhythm and literacy. John Benjamins Publishing: NL.
• Thomson, J., Doruk, D., Mascio, B., Cerruti, C. (2015). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation modulates efficiency of reading processes. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 114.
• 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:10.1371/journal.pone.0075634.
• Schneps, M.H., Thomson, J., Sonnert, G., Pomplun, M., Chen, C., & Heffner-Wong, A. (2013). Shorter Lines Facilitate Reading in Those Who Struggle. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071161.