Dr Rebecca Ward

Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 987150

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Office - 722
Seventh Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Rebecca Ward is a Lecturer in Psychology at Swansea University. She teaches on a variety of modules including Developmental Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Research Methods and Statistics. Her research interests are broadly related to language acquisition and bilingualism, with a specific focus on children with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders. 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 she has engaged in several public engagement activities to share information with a range of individuals and organisations.

Prior to her current role, 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., Roderique-Davies, G. Hughes, H., Heirene, R., Newstead, S. & John, B. (2022) Alcohol-related brain damage: A mixed-method evaluation of an online awareness-raising programme for frontline care and support practitioners. Drug and Alcohol Review.

Ward, R., & Sanoudaki, E. (under review). Predicting Language Outcomes in Bilingual Children with Down syndrome. Applied Psycholinguistics.

Ward R. (under review). Multilingual Inclusion Policies for Children with Special Educational Needs in the UK. In Multiculturalism and multilingualism in education: Implications for curriculum, teacher preparation and pedagogical practice.

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. org/10.1080/02699206.2020.1818288

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


Award Highlights Collaborations