Karyn Carson

Dr Karyn Carson


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Research Biography

Dr Karyn Carson is a Lecturer and Researcher in the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work at Flinders University. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and has worked extensively in early intervention, with school-aged children with spoken language and literacy disorders, and in health-based settings with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties.

Dr Carson is an Early Career Researcher, working part-time, and advocates for the early identification and prevention of speech, language and literacy difficulties among pre-school and school-aged children. She has interests in assessment and curriculum development for children with special education needs.

Research Interests

Dr Carson's research focuses on the early identification of speech, language and literacy difficulties through robust and predictive screening and monitoring methods, evidence-based clinical and classroom-based instructional approaches, and enhanced professional learning and collaboration among educators and related professionals.

Her work has been published widely at both national and international levels and has been recognised for excellence through receipt of the Australian Council of Deans of Education and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Early Career Researcher Presentation Award, as well an international invitation to join the, A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea, national project in New Zealand as a Literacy Strand Adjunct Researcher.

Dr Carson's work has been supported through a series of innovative grants resulting in international publications, and the output of educational resources for teachers.

Current Research Projects:

  • Evaluation of the True Colours Program - Co-Investigator
  • Efficacy of the Pyramid Model in early childhood settings to meet the social-emotional needs of children with a disability - Co-Investigator
  • Heuristic guide to language learning for interdisciplinary professionals working with infants and toddlers - Co-Investigator
  • Raising Reading Achievement through Kindergarten-Wide Phonological Awareness Instruction - Chief Investigator
  • A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, & Employment - Adjunct Researcher, Literacy Strand (http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/better-start/people/index.shtml)

Recently Completed Research Projects:

  • Predicting Literacy Pathyways using Web-Based Screening and Monitoring of Essential Pre-Reading Skills in the Early Childhood and Schooling Years (see: http://sapad.org/) - Chief Investigator
  • Australian Educators' Understanding and Implementation of the Australian Curriculum in Planning for and Teaching Students with Disabilities - Associate Investigator
  • Investigating the Nature of Dyslexia in Chinese and English Monolingual Speaking Children: Similarities, Differences, and Definitional Criteria €“ A pilot study - Associate Investigator


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