Brigid McNeill

ProfessorBrigid McNeill

Rehua Level 5
Internal Phone: 93685


Research Interests

Dr. McNeill is an international expert on literacy development in children with childhood apraxia of speech. Her prospective study of the validity and nature of childhood apraxia of speech has been supported by a Fast-Start Marsden grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand. Her research also focuses on developing and evaluating methods to better prepare teachers to support children’s early literacy development. Dr. McNeill is on the management team of the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour and leads its language acquisition research theme.

Active research includes:
1. Childhood apraxia of speech;
2. Phonological awareness intervention for children with speech and language difficulty;
2. Classroom spelling instruction practices;
3. The effectiveness of primary teacher education graduates in facilitating literacy learning in at risk populations;
4. Predictors of reading success

Recent Publications

  • Gillon G., McNeill B., Scott A., Arrow A., Gath M. and Macfarlane A. (2022) A better start literacy approach: effectiveness of Tier 1 and Tier 2 support within a response to teaching framework. Reading and Writing
  • McNeill B. and Gillon GT. (2022) Lockdown Experiences of 10–13 Year Olds in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 57(1): 173-189.
  • McNeill B., McIlraith A., Macrae T., Gath M. and Gillon G. (2022) Predictors of Speech Severity and Inconsistency Over Time in Children With Token-to-Token Inconsistency. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research ePub Ahead of Issue: 1-15.
  • Scott A., Gillon G., McNeill B. and Gath M. (2022) Impacting Change in Classroom Literacy Instruction: A Further Investigation of the Better Start Literacy Approach. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies 57(1): 191-211.
  • Scott A., Gillon G., McNeill B. and Kopach A. (2022) The Evolution of an Innovative Online Task to Monitor Children's Oral Narrative Development. Frontiers in Psychology 13