Dr Nichola Stuart

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Subject Coordinator Undergraduate Psychology

Nichola joined Oxford Brookes University in October 2013.  Prior to this she worked as a Teaching Fellow at UCL and as Senior Psychology Tutor at Dyslexia Action.  She holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from UCL, a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Birkbeck College, an MA in Linguistics from UCL and a PhD Psycholinguistics from UCL.

Research Interests

Language and literacy development and developmental disorders of language and literacy (with a focus on Specific Language Impairment and Dyslexia).

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • CPsychol AFBPsS, British Psychological Society

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Other Qualifications


  • Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing
  • Included in the British Psychological Society's Register of Qualifications in Test Use




  • U24101 Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
  • U24104 Foundations of Developmental Psychology (Module Leader)
  • U24127 Cognitive Psychology
  • U24130 Biological Psychology
  • U24135 Developmental Psychology (Module Leader)
  • U24172 Understanding Developmental Disorders
  • U24182 Topics in Developmental Psychology


  • P24101 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • P24118 Research Based Dissertation

Selected Publications

Tuomainen, O., Stuart, N.J.  and van der Lely, H.K.J.  (2015).  Phonetic categorisation and cue weighing in adolescents and young adults with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 29, 7, 557–572. doi: 10.3109/02699206.2015.1036464

Stuart, N. J. and van der Lely, H.K.J.  (2015).  Role of aspect in understanding tense: an investigation with adolescents with SLI. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 50, 187–201. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12125

(note the following publications were published in my maiden name: Gallon)

Gallon Stuart, N., and Marshall, C. (2009) Using Non-word Repetition Tasks with Children with Dyslexia, Dyslexia Review, 21, 1, 4-8

Gallon, N., Harris, J. and van der Lely, H. K. J. (2007) Non-word repetition: an investigation of phonological complexity in children with Grammatical Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Journal of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 21, 435-485

Harris, J., Gallon, N. and van der Lely, H. K. J. (2007) Prosodic complexity and processing complexity: evidence from language impairment. ABRALIN Conference Papers

van der Lely, H. K. J. and Gallon, N. (2006) Exploring the impact of higher-level linguistic representations on non-word repetition performance. Applied Psycholinguistics, 27, 591-594


Nichola Stuart