Cameron Downing completed his BSc and MSc in Psychology at Bangor University. During this time, he developed a keen interest in typical and literacy development. Cameron followed this interest in his PhD where, under the supervision of Dr. Markéta Caravolas, he examined the relationship between dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder and the handwriting impairments associated with these disorders. He is particularly passionate about integrating what researchers know with the expertise of educators to produce measurable improvements in literacy education for children, particularly those with specific learning difficulties.
Recently, he ran a workshop – funded by the ESRC’s Impact Acceleration Account – for practitioners (teachers, school leaders, occupational therapists etc.) which focused on handwriting difficulties amongst children and has co-developed a joint test of spelling and handwriting legibility (Spelling and Handwriting Legibility Test; SaHLT). Whilst finishing his PhD, Cameron continues to pursue his interests and is currently working on a project, which examines the sources of handwriting difficulties (dysgraphia) amongst children.
Cameron Downing's page on the School of Psychology website.