Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon


I gained my undergraduate degree in English Language and Linguistics at the University of York in 2011, followed by a master's degree in Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester in 2013. After working as a project coordinator on the Wellcome Language and Reading Project at the University of York, I completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2018 on the language and literacy development of children learning English as an Additional Language in primary school. From 2017-18 I worked as a Researcher at the National Foundation for Educational Research where I contributed on a number of test development projects, including materials for KS1 and KS2 SATs reading papers.

I am currently a Research Fellow working with Dr. Hannah Nash on the Nuffield Foundation-funded Dynamic Assessment of Reading Test (DART) project in the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds. More information on the project can be found here:

Research interests

Primarily my interests lie in children's language and literacy skills: particularly their development, assessment, and intervention. 


  • BA English Language and Linguistics
  • MEd Psychology of Education
  • PhD Human Communication Sciences

Student education

Along with Dr Hannah Nash I have co-supervised undergraduate student dissertation projects and also act as a demonstrator on master’s modules for systematic reviewing and advanced research methods.