Zoe Williams

Research group:
Developmental and health psychology
029 208 70355
Centre for Human Developmental Science, Park Place

Research summary

My research investigates the reading comprehension abilities of children with ADHD and ASD to discover whether the children have specific difficulties in reading comprehension compared to other reading skills, and if this is related to social cognition.

Teaching summary

Year 2 Practical Assistant (2014) - this involved meeting different groups of students that were working on a language practical, and supporting them as they completed their practical reports.

Full list of publications


Research topics and related papers

I am interested in researching the overlap between ASD and ADHD in childhood. Children with ASD and ADHD sometimes seem to have specific difficulties with reading comprehension that cannot be fully explained by other reading and language difficulties.  My research focuses on whether the social difficulties experienced by children with ASD and ADHD result in impaired reading comprehension skills.  I will also be finding out if age affects the relationship between social skills and reading comprehension.


Cardiff University School of Psychology PhD studentship

Research group

Developmental & Health Psychology
Wales Autism Research Centre

Research collaborators

Dr. Kate Langley
Dr. Catherine Jones

Undergraduate education

BA English Literature and History, Cardiff University 2008

Postgraduate education

Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Cardiff University 2012


2014 Teaching Assistant (Communication Disorder Unit), Williamstown Primary School
2008-2014 Special Needs Support Assistant, Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School
2013- English Tutor, (taught GCSE English to groups of pupils), Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School