Dr Karyn Carson is a Lecturer and Researcher in the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work at Flinders University. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and has worked extensively in early intervention, with school-aged children with spoken language and literacy disorders, and in health-based settings with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Dr Carson is an Early Career Researcher, working part-time, and advocates for the early identification and prevention of speech, language and literacy difficulties among pre-school and school-aged children. She has interests in assessment and curriculum development for children with special education needs.
PhD (Education), University of Canterbury, 2012
Thesis: Efficient and Effective Classroom Phonological Awareness Practices to Improve Reading Achievement.
Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy (BSLT) (1st Class Honours + Research Project), University of Canterbury, 2006
Honours Project: Enhancing Early Literacy Acquisition in Children with Speech and Language Impairment
Evaluation of the True Colours Program Funded by the Sammy D Foundation - 2018 - 2021
College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work Research Grant - 2018 - present
Adjunct Senior Fellow, College of Education, Health, & Human Development, University of Canterbury, New Zealand - 2016 - present
Flinders University Re-Entry Research Fellowship - 2016-2017
Australian Council of Deans of Education/Australian Association for Research in Education Early Career Researcher Presentation Award - 2015
Research Establishment Grant Award - 2013-2015
New Zealand Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship - 2009-2012
Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship - 2009
University of Canterbury Senior Scholarship - 2005
Post-Graduate Co-ordinator (Special Education) - 2016 - present
Master of Teaching Co-ordinator (Special Education): 2017 - present
Continuing Professional Education Committee Member: 2016 - present
Chair Research in Special Education (RISE) Research Group - 2015 - 2016
Research Higher Degree Supervisor - 2013 - present
Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research (DVC-R), Early Career Researcher Committee (School of Education Representative) - 2013 - 2015
Coordinator for Masters of Education (Special Education) Topics:
Dr Carson's research focuses on the early identification of speech, language and literacy difficulties through robust and predictive screening and monitoring methods, evidence-based clinical and classroom-based instructional approaches, and enhanced professional learning and collaboration among educators and related professionals.
Her work has been published widely at both national and international levels and has been recognised for excellence through receipt of the Australian Council of Deans of Education and the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Early Career Researcher Presentation Award, as well an international invitation to join the, A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea, national project in New Zealand as a Literacy Strand Adjunct Researcher.
Dr Carson's work has been supported through a series of innovative grants resulting in international publications, and the output of educational resources for teachers.
Current Research Projects:
Recently Completed Research Projects:
Dr Carson's current teaching interests include educational planning and assessment for students with special needs, and current perspectives in early intervention.
She has contributed to teaching in the fields of speech-language pathology and education at James Cook University (Queensland) in Australia, and at Massey University (Auckland) and the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) in New Zealand.
She is regularly sought out for guest lectures in speech pathology and education, and contributes to regular professional learning for in-service educators. Her teaching experience is complemented by eight years of clinical practice as a certified speech-language pathologist, where she has worked in numerous special education settings.
Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), 2018 - present
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE), 2015 - present
Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute, Flinders University, Australia, 2013 – present
Language and Literacy Research Lab (International), Canterbury University, New Zealand, 2012 – present
Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR), 2010–present
New ZealandSpeech-LanguageTherapists’ Association (NZSTA), 2006-present
National StudentSpeech, Language,Hearing Association (NSSLHA), 2009–2013
University of Canterbury GoldenKey International Honours Society, 2002–present
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