Dyslexia and Development Assessment Unit (DDAU)

Core Staff

  • Dr Frank Pearson  PhD., M.Sc., M.Ed., BA (Hons)., C.Ed., C.Psychol., C.Sci., FBPsS., MBACP., AMBDA 

Clinical Fellow/Chartered Educational Psychologist - Aston University/ Aston Brain and MRI Centre

Frank has worked for Local Authority Children and Young Peoples Services on a full time and locum basis, at main grade and senior positions, in a number of Educational Psychology Services in the West and East Midlands and South Wales since 1990.  He is a Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association, and a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), as an Educational Psychologist.  His research interests and activities are related to metacognition, dyslexia, and dyscalculia.  He has given research presentations at a number of national and international conferences of research related to work done with children and students in primary and high schools.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of Educational Psychology in Practice, and of ‘Debate’, the publication of the Division of Education and Child Psychology of the British Psychological Society, as well as the Books Review Editor for this publication.

  •  Marion Davies, Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association
Marion is a specialist teacher with a postgraduate diploma in the assessment and teaching of students with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).  She has worked with adults and children with dyslexia for the past 23 years, assessing, supporting and teaching students and delivering training to teachers.  Marion’s interest in dyslexia followed her son’s difficulties in learning to read and his subsequent diagnosis of dyslexia.  It has become Marion’s passion and she is committed to improving the provision for people with dyslexia and to raising awareness of dyslexia and other related difficulties.
  • Professor Joel B Talcott, Head of Psychology,  Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Joel is Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Head of Psychology at Aston.  He is a Vice-president of the British Dyslexia Association and is currently the Executive Editor of the journal Dyslexia: An international journal of research and practice (Wiley). Following his first degree at the University of California, Riverside, he completed his doctoral dissertation on developmental dyslexia at the University of California, Santa Cruz before moving to Oxford University in 1996.  Since 2001 he has been at Aston, where his main focus is on basic and applied research approaches to understanding taxonomies of developmental disorders in collaboration with colleagues in Europe, the United States and in the UK, with a particular expertise in developmental dyslexia. 

Sessional Staff

  • Paul Mawer, BSc (Hons) MEd C.Psychol AFBPsS,  Health Professions and Care Council Registered Educational Psychologist. Chartered Member,  Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Paul graduated with an Honours degree from Exeter University. He undertook his MEd at Birmingham University and worked for two local authorities as an Educational Psychologist. He has worked as an Educational Psychologist for over thirty years during which time he worked for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services on a locum basis in a number of NHS Trusts.  As well as working on a sessional basis for the Aston Brain Centre, Paul works with foster parents and Looked After Children whom he visits regularly and also spends one day a week offering support to children who have a variety of therapeutic needs. Paul has undertaken a great number of assessments of both adults and children who have dyslexia and for a time worked for the RAF assessing their trainees.  He also assesses students for a number of universities and colleges throughout the West Midlands. Paul has also contributed to a number of local radio station programmes on dyslexia and child psychology. In 2011, Paul was presented with an award for an outstanding lifetime contribution in the field of dyslexia by the British Dyslexia Association.