Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Management Lead - Psychology

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Gareth Williams is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology. He teaches on a wide range of areas in psychology with a primary focus on areas involved in cognitive and developmental psychology. For the undergraduate courses he teaches Statistics, Infant Development, and the developmental part of Advanced Social and Developmental Psychology. At Masters level, he contributes to the Social and Cognitive Development module.

Research areas

Gareth is involved in the following projects:

  • Exploring the spelling and written language skills of children with specific language impairment
  • Written language skills in primary and secondary school students, and the links with reading and cognition
  • Investigating the role speech perception plays in literacy skills

Gareth supervises projects that explore how language and cognition relate to reading and writing skills, often from a developmental perspective. He has also carried out work looking at how prosody and lexical stress are involved in reading accuracy, reading fluency, and comprehension. He also has interests in how cross-linguistic skills might be involved in reading, and also the role of processes such as temporal processing and sequencing. Primarily, his work involves quantitative and experimental methodologies.

External activity

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the British Psychological Society Developmental Section
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of Research in Reading, Scientific Studies in Reading, Computers and Education

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Dr Clare Wood, Coventry University
  • Dr Andy Holliman, Coventry University
  • Dr Rebecca Larkin, Nottingham Trent University

Press expertise

  • Children's reading development
  • Children's spelling and writing development