Dr Rebecca Ward

Tutor in Psychology, Psychology

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Rebecca Ward is Tutor in Psychology at Swansea University. She assists with teaching on a variety of modules including Development Across the Lifespan and Research and Experimental Methods. Her research interests are broadly related to language acquisition and bilingualism, with a specific focus on children with developmental disabilities. This was the topic of her doctoral research, which was the first piece of research to investigate bilingualism in Welsh-English speaking children with Down syndrome. She is passionate about disseminating research findings with those outside of the immediate academic context and obtained a small grant from the ESRC during her doctoral studies in order to organise an outreach workshop for families of children with Down syndrome to hear about the research findings.

Prior to this, she worked as a part-time Lecturer in Psychology at Bangor University and as a part-time Senior Research Assistant at the University of South Wales. Her main focus in this role was to develop a training package in partnership with third sector organisations to increase awareness of a condition called Alcohol-Related Brain Damage. The focus of this project was to utilise research findings in a novel way to inform practice within the health and social care sector.

She has worked collaboratively with a number of external partners including the Down’s Syndrome Association, Learning Disabilities Wales and The Pobl Group and has also engaged with a number of media outlets.

Areas Of Expertise

  • • Language Development
  • • Bilingualism
  • • Developmental Disabilities
  • • Atypical Development
  • • Phonological Awareness
  • • Public Engagement
  • • Alcohol-Related Brain Damage

Career Highlights


Ward, R. & Sanoudaki, E. (2021) Language Profiles of Welsh-English Bilingual Children with Down Syndrome. Journal of Communication Disorders, 93(3). doi.org/10.1016/j.jcomdis.2021.106126

Ward, R. & Sanoudaki, E. (2020) Bilingualism in Children with a Dual Diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. pp 1-27. doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2020.1818288

Ward, R., Roderique-Davies, G. & John, B. (2020) Too much alcohol can cause similar effects to dementia – and the two are often confused. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/too-much-alcohol-can-cause-similar-effects-to-dementia-and-the-two-are-often-confused-138891

Award Highlights