Gail Gillon

Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Education, Health & Human DevelopmentProf Gail Gillon

Amorangi Ako me te Hauora
Ōrakipaoa 104
Internal Phone: 93491

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Professor Gillon is currently the Co-Director of the Better Start National Science Challenge ($34M) E Tipu E Rea, A 10 year programme of research focused on ensuring all young children have a successful start to life. Prof Gillon’s area of research focuses on understanding the relationship between spoken and written language development and, in particular, the importance of children’s phonological awareness to reading and spelling development. Active research projects include: The effectiveness of phonological awareness interventions in facilitating early literacy success in children who enter school with known challenges for reading and spelling. Engaging parents, family and community in children’s early oral language and literacy development, Facilitating literacy success in children with speech and language impairment; Understanding international speech language therapy practices in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Interdisciplinary practices across health and education to support children’s learning, Teachers’ professional development in children’s oral language and early literacy development, Oral Language Assessment measures (Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts) Phonological Awareness on-line assessments in English, Te Reo Maori and Samoan.

Recent Publications

  • Gillon GT. (2017) Phonological Awareness: From Research to Practice. (2nd ed.). Guilford Publications. 272.
  • Gillon G., Moriarty B. and Schwarz I. (2006) Evidence-based practice: An update of best practices in Speech-Language Therapy. Wellington: Ministry of Education.
  • Gillon GT. (2004) Phonological Awareness: From Research to Practice. New York: Guilford Press. 270pp.
  • Gillon G. and Schwarz IE. (1998) An international literature review of best practices in speech and language therapy. Wellington: Ministry of Education. 90.
  • Brown MI., Gillon GT. and Westerveld MF. (2017) Early storybook reading with babies and young children: Parents’ opinions and home reading practices. Australian Journal of Early Childhood 42(2): 69-77.

International purchases:

University of Canterbury Book Shop: Phonological Awareness From Research to Practice 2ed

Professor Gail Gillon has operational responsibility for the College of Education, Health & Human Development.

Phonological Awareness Resources

Professor Gillon's Phonological Awareness Resources are available online.