Professor Margaret Harris BSc PhD FBPsS

Professor of Developmental Psychology

 

Profile

Margaret Harris began her career as a lecturer at Birkbeck College, moving to Royal Holloway University of London in 1989 as a Senior Lecturer and then Reader and Professor. In 2006 she moved to Oxford Brookes University to become Head of the Psychology Department and Director of the new Institute for Research in Child Development. In 2012 the Department of Psychology merged with the Department of Social Work and Public Health.

Margaret's main interests are in the development of written and spoken language and she has published widely in this area. Much of her research in the past two decades has focused on the language development of deaf children, especially the dynamics of deaf and hearing mothers' communication with their deaf children and literacy attainment in deaf school children and young people. She is the author of five books, and has recently published a book on research methods in developmental psychology. She is Editor of the British Journal of Developmental Psychology,  an Associate Editor of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education and a founding Editor of Mind & Language. Some of her most recent research has moved into the area of drivers' expectatations and experiences of electric vehicles and she has been working closely with BMW in an evaluation of the MINI E.


Selected Publications

Books

Harris M. (2008). Exploring child development: Understanding theory and methods. London: Sage Publications. http://www.sagepub.co.uk/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book227086

Harris, M. & Butterworth, G. (2002). Developmental Psychology: A Student's Handbook. Hove: Psychology Press. http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/shopping_cart/products/product_detail.asp?sku=&isbn=9781841691107

Harris, M & Hatano, G (eds.) (1999), Learning to read and write: a cross-linguistic perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Butterworth, G. & Harris, M. (1994). Principles of Developmental Psychology. Hove: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Harris, M. (1992). Language Experience and Early Language Development: From Input to Uptake. Hove: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Harris, M. & Coltheart, M. (1986). Language Processing in Children and Adults: An introduction. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters (selected)

Harris, M. (2010). Early communication in sign and speech. In M. Marschark and P. E. Spencer (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education Volume 2. New York: Oxford University Press.

Harris, M. (2010). Acquisition of writing and reading. In P. C. Hogan (ed.) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Cambridge University Press.

Harris, M. (2010). Acquisition of sign language. In P. C. Hogan (ed.) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Cambridge University Press.

Spencer, P.E. & Harris, M. (2005). Patterns and effects of language input to deaf infants and toddlers from deaf and hearing mothers. In M. Marschark & P.E. Spencer (eds.), Sign language development (pp 71-101). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Harris, M. (2004). First words. In J. Oates & A. Grayson (eds.), Cognitive and language development in children. (pp 61-112). The Open University/ Blackwell Publishing.

Harris, M. & Hatano, G. (1999). A cross-linguistic perspective on learning to read and write. In M. Harris & G Hatano (eds.), Learning to read and write: a cross-linguistic perspective (pp 1 - 9). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Harris, M. & Giannouli, V*. (1999). Learning to read and spell Greek: the importance of letter knowledge and morphological awareness. In M. Harris & G Hatano (eds), Learning to read and write: a cross-linguistic perspective (pp 51 - 70). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Harris, M. (1997). Language and its pathology. In G. Bremner, A. Slater & G. Butterworth (eds.), Infant development: Recent advances (pp 311 - 330) Hove: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Harris, M. & Barlow-Brown, F*. (1997). Learning to read in blind and sighted children. In V. Lewis & G. M. Collis (eds.), Blindness and psychological development 0 - 10 years (pp 53 -68). Leicester UK, BPS Books.

Marschark, M. & Harris, M. (1996). Success and failure in learning to read: the special (?) case of deaf children. In C. Cornoldi & J. Oakhill (eds.), Reading comprehension difficulties: Processes and intervention (pp 279 - 300). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc.

Harris, M. & Beech, J. (1995). Reading development in prelingually deaf children. In K Nelson & Z. Reger (eds.), Children's lLanguage Volume 8. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (pp 181 - 202).

Harris, M. (1993) The relationship between maternal speech and children's first words. In D. Messer & G. Turner (eds.), Critical aspects of language acquisition and development. London: Macmillan. (pp 3 - 22)

Clibbens, J. & Harris, M. (1993) The acquisition of formational parameters in British Sign Language: a case study. In D. Messer & G. Turner (eds.), Critical aspects of language acquisition and development. London: Macmillan. (pp 197 - 208).

Journal Articles (Selected)

Carroll, S., Walsh, C., Burgess, M., Harris, M, Mansbridge, S., King, N. & Bunce, L. (Sep 2013). The Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme: Assessing the Viability of Electric Vehicles in Daily Life. https://www.innovateuk.org/documents/1524978/2138994/...

Burgess, M., King, N., Harris, M. & Lewis, E. (2013). Electric Vehicle Drivers’ Reported Interactions  with the Public: Driving Stereotype Change? Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 17, 33-44. DOI information: 10.1016/j.trf.2012.09.003

Bunce, L.E. & Harris, M. (2013). “He hasn’t got the real toolkit!” Young children’s reasoning about real/not-real status. Developmental Psychology.

Burgess, M., Harris, M., Mansbridge, S., Lewis, E., Walsh, C. & Carroll, S. (Sept, 2011).  Initial Findings from the Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Demonstrator Programme: How Quickly Did Users Adapt? URL: http://www.innovateuk.org/_assets/pdf/press-releases/ulcv_reportaug11.pdf

Bunce, L., Harris, M., & Burgess, M. (Revised Manuscript Under Review). Charge Up Then Charge  Out? Drivers’ Perceptions and Experiences of Electric Vehicles in the UK. Transportation Research  Part A: Policy and Practice.

Everett, A., Walsh, C., Smith, K., Burgess, M. & Harris, M (2011) Ultra Low Carbon Demonstrator Programme: Charging, Proceedings of the Hybrid and Electric Carbon Vehicle Conference, 11, Warwick, UK;()

Appleton, J.V., Harris, M. Oates, J.M. & Moore, C. (2012). Evaluating Health Visitor Assessments of Mother-Infant Interactions: A mixed methods study. International Journal of Nursing Studies.

Kyle. F.E. & Harris, M. (2011). Longitudinal patterns of emerging literacy in beginning deaf and hearing readers. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 16(3), 289-304.

Kyle. F.E. & Harris, M. (2011). Foundations for literacy. British Association of Teachers of the Deaf Magazine, March, 6-7.

Harris, M. & Marschark, M (2011). Literacy in the classroom and beyond. Introduction to a special section on Literacy in Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 16(1), 1.

Harris, M. & Terlektsi, E. (2011). Reading and Spelling Abilities of Deaf Adolescents with Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 16(1), 24-34.

Everett, A., Walsh, C., Smith, K., Burgess, M. & Harris, M. (2010) Ultra Low Carbon Demonstrator Programme, Proceedings of the 25th World Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition, Shenzhen, China;()

Kyle. F.E. & Harris, M. (2010). Predictors of reading and spelling development in deaf children: a three year longitudinal study. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 107(3), 229-243.

Archbold, S., Harris, M., O’Donoghue, G., Nikolopoulos, T., White, A. & Lloyd Richmond, H. (2008). Reading abilities after cochlear implantation: the effect of age at implantation on outcomes at five and seven years after implantation. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 72(10), 1471-1478.

Oates, J.M., Bard, K., & Harris, M. (2008). Social and communicative functioning. Down Syndrome Research and Practice. 12(3), 46-48.

Chasin, J. & Harris, M. (2008). The development of visual attention in deaf children in relation to mother’s hearing status. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 39(1), 1-8.

Bunce, L. & Harris, M. (2008).’I saw the real Father Christmas!’: Children’s everyday uses of the words real, really and pretend. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 28(3), 445-455.

Chasin, J. & Harris, M. (2008). The development of visual attention in deaf children in relation to mother’s hearing status. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 40,

Harris, M. & Moreno, C. (2006). Speech reading and learning to read: a comparison of deaf children with good and poor reading ability. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 11, 189-201. PDF

Kyle, F. .E & Harris, M. (2006) Concurrent correlates and predictors of reading and spelling in deaf and hearing school children. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 11, 273-288. PDF

Harris, M. & Chasin, J. (2005) Attentional patterns in deaf and hearing infants: the role of auditory cues. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46, 1116-1123.PDF

Harris, M. & Moreno, C. (2004) Deaf children's use of phonological coding: Evidence from reading, spelling and working memory. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 9, 253-268.PDF

Harris, M. (2001) It's all a matter of timing: Sign visibility and sign reference in deaf and hearing mothers. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 6, 177-185.

Harris, M. (2000) Social interaction and early language development in deaf children. Deafness and Education International, 2, 1-11.

Harris, M. & Chasin, J. (1999). Developments in early lexical comprehension: a comparison of parental report and controlled testing. Journal of Child Language, 26, 453 - 460.PDF

Harris, M. (1998). Can connectionism model developmental change? Mind & Language, 13, 442 - 447.

Harris, M. & Beech, J. R. (1998). Implicit phonological awareness and early reading development in pre-lingually deaf children. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 3, 205 - 216.

Harris, M. & Mohay, H. (1997). Learning to look in the right place: A comparison of attentional behavior in deaf children with deaf and hearing mothers. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2, 95 - 103.

Beech, J. & Harris, M. (1997). The prelingually deaf young reader: a case of reliance on direct lexical access. Journal of Research in Reading, 20, 105 - 121.

Harris, M., Barlow-Brown, F. & Chasin, J. (1995). The emergence of referential understanding : pointing and the comprehension of object names. First Language, 15, 19 - 34.

Harris, M., Yeeles, C., Chasin, J. & Oakley, Y. (1995). Symmetries and asymmetries in early lexical comprehension and production. Journal of Child Language, 22, 1 -18.

Barrett, M. D., Harris, M. & Chasin, J. (1991). Early lexical development and maternal speech: a comparison of children's initial and subsequent uses of words. Journal of Child Language, 18, 21-40.

Publications from RADAR

  • Harris, M, Terlektsi, E, Kyle, F (2017) Concurrent and longitudinal predictors of reading for deaf and hearing children in primary school. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 22 (2). [summary page]
  • Harris, M (2016) The impact of cochlear implants on deaf children's literacy. The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Language [summary page]
  • Harris, M, Terlektsi, M, Kyle, F (2016) Literacy outcomes for Primary School Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A cohort comparison study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60 (3). [summary page]
  • Appleton, J, Harris, M, Oates, J, Kelly, C (2013) Evaluating health visitor assessments of mother-infant interactions: a mixed methods study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50 (1). pp. 5-15. [summary page]
  • Burgess, M, King, N, Harris, M, Lewis, E (2013) Electric vehicle drivers’ reported interactions with the public: driving stereotype change?. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 17 pp. 33-44. [summary page]
  • Harris, M (2011) Acquisition of sign language. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences [summary page]
  • Harris, M (2011) Acquisition of writing and reading. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences [summary page]
  • Harris, M, Terlektsi, E (2011) Reading and spelling abilities of deaf adolescents with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Journal of deaf studies and deaf education, 16 (1). pp. 24-34. [summary page]
  • Kyle, F E, Harris, M (2011) Longitudinal patterns of emerging literacy in beginning deaf and hearing readers . Journal of deaf studies and deaf education, 16 (3). pp. 289-304. [summary page]
  • Harris, M (2010) Early communication in sign and speech. Oxford handbook of deaf studies, language, and education, 2 pp. 316-330. [summary page]
  • Kyle, F E, Harris, M (2010) Predictors of reading development in deaf children: A 3-year longitudinal study. Journal of experimental child psychology, 107 (3). pp. 229-243. [summary page]
  • Archbold, S, Harris, M, O’Donoghue, G, Nikolopoulos, T, White, A, Lloyd Richmond, H (2008) Reading abilities after cochlear implantation: The effect of age at implantation on outcomes at 5 and 7 years after implantation . International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology, 72 (10). pp. 1471-1478. [summary page]
  • Bunce, L, Harris, M (2008) I saw the real Father christmas! Children's everyday uses of the words real, really, and pretend. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 26 (3). pp. 445-455. [summary page]
  • Chasin, J, Harris, M (2008) The development of visual attention in deaf children in relation to mother's hearing status. Polish psychological bulletin, 39 (1). pp. 1-8. [summary page]
  • Harris, M (2008) Exploring developmental psychology: Understanding theory and methods . [summary page]
  • Oates, J M, Bard, K, Harris, M (2008) Social and communicative functioning. Down syndrome research and practice, 12 (3). pp. 46-48. [summary page]
Margaret Harris

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