Gail Gillon

Director of the UC Child Well-being Research InstituteGail Gillon

Internal Phone: 93491

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

Professor Gillon (Ngāi Tahu iwi) is the Director of the University of Canterbury Child Well-Being Research Institute and is also 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

  • Schluter PJ., Audas R., Kokaua J., McNeill B., Taylor B., Milne B. and Gillon G. (2020) The Efficacy of Preschool Developmental Indicators as a Screen for Early Primary School-Based Literacy Interventions. Child Development 91(1): e59-e76.
  • Brown MI., Trembath D., Westerveld MF. and Gillon GT. (2019) A pilot study of early storybook reading with babies with hearing loss. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 62(9): 3397-3412.
  • Gillon G., McNeill BC., Scott A., Denston A., Wilson L., Carson K. and Macfarlane A. (2019) A better start to literacy learning: findings from a teacher-implemented intervention in children’s first year at school. Reading and Writing
  • Kim HM., Schluter PJ., McNeill B., Everatt J., Sisk R., Iusitini L., Taleni LT., Tautolo ES. and Gillon G. (2019) Integrating health, education and culture in predicting Pacific children's English receptive vocabulary at 6 years: A classification tree approach. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 55(10): 1251-1260.
  • Wilson L., McNeill B. and Gillon G. (2019) Understanding the effectiveness of student speech-language pathologists and student teachers co-working during inter-professional school placements. Child Language Teaching and Therapy 35(2): 125-143.

Professor Gail Gillon is responsible for strategic, academic and operational leadership of the College of Education, Health & Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.


Better Start National Science Challenge

UC Child Well-being Research Institute

Second Edition of Phonological Awareness: From Research to Practice

Gillon G. T. (2017) Phonological Awareness: From Research to Practice. (2nd ed.). Guilford Publications.

International purchases:

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

Phonological Awareness Resources

Professor Gillon's Phonological Awareness Resources are available online.