Courtenay Frazier Norbury

Adjunct Professor - Institutt for spesialpedagogikk
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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 7 Helga Engs hus 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1140 Blindern 0318 Oslo


I am a qualified speech-language therapist and completed my DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in 2004, supervised by Professor Dorothy Bishop. My research focuses on language disorders across a range of clinical conditions and how Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) relates to social, academic, and cognitive development over time. I am the Principal Investigator of the Surrey Communication and Language is Education Study (SCALES), which is one of only three epidemiological studies of language disorder in the world (the last one published in North America in 1997) and the first in the UK to document the number of children starting mainstream school with a clinically and educationally significant language disorder. We estimated 7.58% of children had DLD and a further 2.34% had language disorder associated with another biomedical condition. Our longitudinal findings indicate that identification of DLD in the first year of school is reliable and unlikely to spontaneously resolve.

Current Positions Held

  • 2019-present Professor II, Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo
  • 2016-present Professor, Developmental Disorders of Language and Communication, Psychology & Language Sciences, University College London

Courses Taught


SPED4400: Developmental Language Disorders


  • 2001-2004 DPhil, Experimental Psychology. University of Oxford. Supervisor: Professor Dorothy V.M. Bishop, FRS
  • 1996-1998 Master of Science (with Distinction), Clinical City University, London Communication Sciences (leading to qualification as Speech-Language Therapist)                        
  • 1988-1992 Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction), University of New Mexico, Communication Disorders (minor in Special Education).  USA
  • 1998-present Health Professions Council (current registration; SL05123)
  • 1996-present Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (current registration)

Prizes, Awards and other Honours

2017-18  Teaching Award nomination for ‘Inspirational Teaching’, UCL Student Union

2017-18  Prize Lecture, Experimental Psychology Society of Great Britain

2017-18  Fellowship, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

2016  Visiting Research Fellow, University of Hong Kong

2016  Mid-Career Fellowship, British Academy

2015  Visiting Research Fellow, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

2011  College Excellence Teaching Prize, Royal Holloway, University of London

2010  Finalist, Michael Young Prize, ESRC and Michael Young Foundation

2006  Science Media Fellowship, British Science Association

2004  Neil O’Connor Award, British Psychological Society

2004  New Career Development Fellowship, Nuffield Foundation

2001  PhD Prize Studentship, Wellcome

Grants Awarded

  • 2018-2021 ESRC Project Grant (PI). Predictive Relationships between Language and Social, Emotional and Mental Health. £942,047 (fEC).
  • 2018-2021 ESRC Doctoral Studentship/Action for Stammering Children (Supervisor). Association between stammering and mental health.
  • 2018-2018 British Academy Visiting Fellowship (Mentor; Fellow: Dr. Shaun Goh, Singapore). Predictive relationships between language and social, emotional and mental health outcomes
  • 2016-2016  British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (Fellow). Social communication disorder: links to language and educational well-being
  • 2016-2019  ESRC project grant (Co-I). Memory consolidation in typical and atypical development
  • 2016-2019  ESRC Doctoral Studentship (Supervisor). Speech as predictor of language outcomes in minimally verbal children with autism
  • 2013-2016  Waterloo Foundation Studentship matched funding (Supervisor). Using gesture to support language and literacy.
  • 2012-2016  Wellcome Project Grant (PI). Specific language impairment and co-morbidity: development over the first three years of schooling.£507,698.
  • 2012-2014  Nuffield Foundation Project Grant (Co-I). Learning Abstract Concepts: The Role of Linguistic and Affective Development
  • 2010-2013  ESRC New Investigator Award (PI). Eye Say: Investigating language production processes in typical and atypical development.
  • 2004-2007  Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellowship (PI). Social Well-Being: Tracking the Links to Language.
  • 2001-2004  Wellcome Trust Prize Studentship (Student). Pragmatic Language Impairment:     Where Autism meets Specific Language Impairment.


  • Saul, Jo & Norbury, Courtenay Frazier (2021). A Randomized Case Series Approach to Testing Efficacy of Interventions for Minimally Verbal Autistic Children. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078. 12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.621920. Full text in Research Archive
  • Griffiths, Sarah; Kievit, Rogier A. & Norbury, Courtenay Frazier (2021). Mutualistic coupling of vocabulary and non-verbal reasoning in children with and without language disorder. Developmental Science. ISSN 1363-755X. doi: 10.1111/desc.13208. Full text in Research Archive
  • Griffiths, Sarah; Suksasilp, Chatrin; Lucas, Laura; Sebastian, Catherine L. & Norbury, Courtenay (2021). Relationship between early language competence and cognitive emotion regulation in adolescence. Royal Society Open Science. ISSN 2054-5703. 8(10). doi: 10.1098/rsos.210742. Full text in Research Archive
  • Griffiths, Sarah; Goh, Shaun Kok Yew & Norbury, Courtenay Frazier (2020). Early language competence, but not general cognitive ability, predicts children’s recognition of emotion from facial and vocal cues. PeerJ. ISSN 2167-8359. 2020(3). doi: 10.7717/peerj.9118. Full text in Research Archive
  • Saul, Jo & Norbury, Courtenay Frazier (2020). Feasibility of an app-based parent-mediated speech production intervention for minimally verbal autistic children: development and pilot testing of a new intervention. BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies. ISSN 2055-5784. 6(1). doi: 10.1186/s40814-020-00726-7. Full text in Research Archive
  • Nordahl-Hansen, Anders; Donolato, Enrica; Lervåg, Arne; Norbury, Courtenay Frazier & Melby-Lervåg, Monica (2019). PROTOCOL: Language interventions for improving oral language outcomes in children with neurodevelopmental disorders: A systematic review. Campbell systematic reviews. ISSN 1891-1803. 15:e1062(4), p. 1–21. doi: 10.1002/cl2.1062. Full text in Research Archive

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