Professor Kate Cain

Head of Department, Professor

Research Interests

My research concerns the different cognitive and language-related skills that underpin the development of reading and listening comprehension, both in atypical and typical populations. To date, this work has identified several higher-level skill weaknesses that may be causally linked to poor comprehension, including the ability to generate inferences, knowledge and use of reading strategies, and the ability to construct coherent and integrated narratives. My work has shown that these skills (assessed as oral language skills in preschool and as oral and written language skills in the early school years) predict reading comprehension development. Current projects are examining (a) preschool predictors of early reading acquisition, (b) the structure and predictors of reading comprehension in adolescence, (c) the similarities and differences in reading and learning from print and digital, and (d) engagement and learning from digital reading supplements.

DSI: Literacy Acceleration through Scaleable Research (LASeR)
01/06/2020 → 15/08/2021

MC: Early Language Development in the Digital Age (e-LADDA)
01/11/2019 → 01/10/2023

The ESRC International Centre for Language
01/11/2019 → 31/10/2024

Monolingual and Bilingual Reading Comprehension in Middle School Students
01/09/2018 → 31/05/2023

CASS ESRC Transition Funding
01/04/2018 → 31/03/2023

Pilot: Developing a reading comprehension progress tool
01/03/2018 → 31/08/2018

Language Specific and Language General Influences on Reading Comprehension Development: Comparisons Between and Alphabetic and Morphographic Script
01/10/2013 → 31/03/2015

Understanding Reading Difficulties in Children with Rolandic Epilepsy
01/10/2013 → 31/12/2014

ESRC centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science - CASS
31/03/2013 → 30/03/2018

Developing reading comprehension in the classroom: analysis and assessment of methods and best practice.
01/01/2013 → 31/03/2015

Opportunities for bilingualism in preschool and school age children with developmental disabilities
01/09/2012 → 29/03/2015

Use of iPads for communication by children with special needs
01/02/2012 → …

ESRC studentship Blything
01/10/2011 → 30/09/2015

The Language Bases of Reading Comprehension
01/08/2010 → 31/07/2015

Variability in child language
01/04/2007 → …

The Effects of Story-based Activities on Early Language and Literacy in South African Pre-schools
01/01/1900 → …

8th International Summer School on Literacy Research
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Scientific Studies of Reading (Journal)
Editorial activity

Samuel Torrey Orton Award
Prize (including medals and awards)

  • DSI - Society
  • Language and Cognition