Projects per year
Key Research Interests and Expertise
My research interests have focused on the developing of linguistics informed assessment tools for acquired communication impairments, children from social deprived backgrounds and speakers of more than one language. I have adopted a range of methodologies including online and offline behavioural methods, single case and group studies, linguistics and cognitive screenings.
I am interested in research projects on people with aphasia as well as children with developmental language disorders. I have current collaborations with research partners in Europe as well as in South Asia, working with multilingual communities and their challenges.
Areas Of Expertise
- Clinical Lingustics
- Bilingualism and cognition
- Developmental language disorders
Research Group Membership
BM- Bilingualism Matters research affiliate
BNS – British Neuropsychology Society, https://www.the-bns.org
BAS – British Aphasiology Society, http://www.bas.org.uk
AoA – Academy of Aphasia, Executive Committee member
CATs – Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists, Cost Action WG5 Aphasia Assessment group
I am willing to supervise PGR students in any area of language impairments. Some examples are:
- Communication impariment in aphasia
- Reading in both children and adults with learning disabilites
- Linguistics profiles in developmental language disorder
- Bilingualism and language pathologies
- Linguistics competence in heritage speakers
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Siena
Award Date: 14 Apr 2007
Master of Science
Award Date: 3 Sep 2004
Visiting Professor, University of Oslo1 Aug 2021 → 31 Jul 2025
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, D'Annunzio University of Chieti–Pescara1 Feb 2021 → 30 Apr 2021
Associate Professor, Heriot-Watt University1 Aug 2020 → 31 Jul 2021
External Examiner, National University of Singapore30 Mar 2020 → …
External examiner Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London1 Sep 2019 → …
External examiner BS/MS Speech and Language Therapy, City University London1 Mar 2019 → …
Assistant Professor, Heriot-Watt University30 Sep 2017 → 31 Jul 2020
Senior Research Associate, Newcastle University1 Jan 2016 → 30 Nov 2018
Postdoc Fellow, University of Trento1 Feb 2010 → 31 Jan 2012
- 15 Finished
1/08/20 → 31/07/21
Speech intelligibility and listening effort in primary classrooms for native and non-native listeners
1/08/20 → 31/07/21
Positive Effects of Passive Voice Exposure on Children’s Passive Production During a Classroom Story-telling TrainingGarraffa, M., Smart, F. & Obregón, M., 3 Jul 2021, In : Language Learning and Development. 17, 3, p. 241-253 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile
Garraffa, M. & Sedda, A., Mar 2021, In : Experimental Brain Research. 239, 3, p. 731-744 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article1 Citation (Scopus)
Tracking Biliteracy Skills in Students Attending Gaelic Medium Education: Effects of Learning Experience on Overall Reading SkillsDickson, E., Manderson, L., Obregón, M. & Garraffa, M., 20 Mar 2021, In : Languages. 6, 1, 55.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
Language and Cognition in Gaelic-English Young Adult Bilingual Speakers: A Positive Effect of School Immersion Program on Attentional and Grammatical SkillsGarraffa, M., Obregón, M. R., O'Rourke, B. & Sorace, A., 20 Oct 2020, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 11, 570587.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)