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Dr Rachel George

Programme Leader, BSc (Hons) Child Psychology

Developmental Psychology

    After completing a first degree in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics, Dr Rachel George obtained an MSc Child Development and Early Childhood Education and then a PhD in Developmental Psychology at the Institute of Education, University of London. During this time, Rachel worked at the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, London South Bank University and the LSE. Rachel was then a Research Officer at the IoE followed by a lectureship at the University of Central Lancashire. In addition she taught at the Open University for fifteen years. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests are in cognitive development, particularly numeracy development and language difficulties in early childhood, and modelling developmental difficulties. She has lectured at UEL since 2001. Her teaching is centred on developmental psychology, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level and she leads on work experience opportunities within modules on the undergraduate psychology programmes. She leads the BSc Developmental Psychology and the BSc Child Psychology and the Combined Honours degrees in Psychology.


    Overview




    Selected publications

    Publically available research outputs are available to download from UEL’s Research Open Access Repository (ROAR).

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    Moore, D. G., & George, R. (2011). ACORNS: a tool for the visualisation and modelling of atypical development. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 55(10), 956–972. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2011.01471.x|

    Book Chapters

    Moore, D. G., & George, R. (2015). ACORNS: A tool for visual modelling of causes and outcomes in neuro-developmental disorders. In D. Riby & J. V. Herwegen (Eds.), Neurodevelopmental disorders: Research challenges and solutions (pp. 93–114). Hove, UK; New York, NY: Psychology Press.|


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    Research

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles Moore, D. G., Goodwin, J. E., George, R., Axelsson, E. L., & Braddick, F. M. B. (2007). Infants perceive human point-light displays as solid forms. Cognition, 104(2), 377–396. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2006.07.007

    George, R., & Dockrell, J. (2001). Learning to count: children with typical and atypical language development. Paper presented at the 10th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Uppsala, Sweden.

    George, R. (2000). Number and language impaired children. Paper presented at the TACTYC (The Professional Association of Early Childhood Educators) Early Numeracy Conference: Changing Views on Mathematics in the Early Years, Glasgow.

    Oates, J., Moore, D., Goodwin, J., Hobson, P., & George, R. (2000). Attachment and intersubjectivity in infants with Down’s Syndrome. Paper presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Brighton.

    Messer, D., Dockrell, J., & George, R. (1999). Patterns of naming objects and actions in children with language difficulties. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Biennial Meeting, New Mexico.

    Conference Proceedings George, R., & Dockrell, J. (2001). Patterns of difficulties in numeracy development of children with specific language impairment. Paper presented at the British Psychology Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Worcester.

    George, R., & Dockrell, J. (2000). Knowledge of the base ten number system in children with specific language impairment. Paper presented at the British Psychology Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Bristol.

    Dockrell, J., Messer, D., & George, R. (1998). Event- and activity-based prospective memory: An exploratory study on children with word-finding difficulties. Paper presented at the British Psychology Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Lancaster.

    Dockrell, J., Messer, D., George, R., & Wilson, G. (1998). Naming in children with word-finding difficulties — developmental delay or developmental difference? Paper presented at the Child Language Seminar, Garderen, The Netherlands.

    George, R., & Dockrell, J. (1996). Numeracy development in children with language difficulties. Paper presented at the British Psychology Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Oxford.

    Dockrell, J. E., Messer, D., & George, R. (2003). Beyond naming patterns in children with word-finding difficulties — definitions for nouns and verbs. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 16, 191–211. doi:10.1016/S0911-6044(02)00012-X

    Dockrell, J. E., Messer, D. M., & George, R. (2001). Patterns of naming objects and actions in children with word-finding difficulties. Language and cognitive processes, 16(2/3), 261–286. doi:10.1080/01690960042000030

    Dockrell, J., Messer, D., George, R., & Wilson, G. (1998). Children with word-finding difficulties — prevalence, presentation and naming problems. International Journal of Language and Communication Difficulties, 33, 445–455. doi:10.1080/136828298247721

    Dockrell, J., George, R., Lindsay, G., & Roux, J. (1997). Problems in the identification and assessment of children with specific speech and language difficulties. Educational Psychology in Practice, 13, 29–39. doi:10.1080/0266736970130107

    Books Dockrell, J., & George, R. (1996). Child development 1: a subject guide: University of London External Publication.

    Book Chapters Dockrell, J., Messer, D., & George, R. (2000). Accuracy and errors in naming objects in children with word-finding difficulties. In M. Beers, G. Bol, B. van de Bogaerde, J. de Jong & C. Rooijmans (Eds.), From sound to sentence: Studies on first language acquisition. Groningen, The Netherlands: Centre for Language and Cognition Groningen.

    Conference Papers George, R., & Dockrell, J. (2002). Learning the number word sequence: children with and without specific language impairment. Paper presented at the British Psychology Society Education Section Conference, London.

    Eisenstein, J., Hyman, I. A., George, R., & Nobes, G. (2001). Cross-cultural aspects of corporal punishment and abuse. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association convention, San Francisco.

    Publications


    Funding

    Rachel’s research interests are in cognitive development, particularly numeracy development and language difficulties in early childhood, and modelling developmental difficulties. Her teaching is centred on developmental psychology, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and she leads on work experience opportunities within modules on the undergraduate psychology programmes.


    Interests

    Portfolio




    PY4103: Introduction to Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
    PY5203: Topics in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
    PY5209: Psychological Perspectives on Work Experience
    PY6301: Psychological Research Project
    PY6302: Employability & developing your graduate career pathway
    PY6309: Applied Child Psychology
    PY6310: Applied Child Psychology (with Placement)
    PY6322: Developmental Psychological Research Project
    PY7152: Social and Developmental Psychology
    Undergraduate Psychology programmes
    MSc Psychology
    Doctoral supervision
    Member of the British Psychology Society
    Member of the Higher Education Academy
    Member of the Developmental Psychology Research Group at UEL
    External Examiner at the University of Westminster

    Teaching