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Dr Johny Daniel

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the School of Education
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


Dr. Daniel is deeply committed to advancing research in the field of education, with a particular focus on teacher professional development, inclusive education, and the development and testing of reading programs for pupils, including those at-risk of learning difficulties such as dyslexia. With a wealth of expertise, Dr. Daniel has been part of research projects aimed at enhancing reading comprehension skills, inference making abilities, and addressing factors such as anxiety management that impact student outcomes. 

Among his current projects, Dr. Daniel is engaged in the creation of open educational reading programs specifically designed for primary school students with reading disabilities. He is also actively involved in exploring the identification processes for students with dyslexia within the United Kingdom, as well as utilizing large national pupil databases to gain comprehensive insights into educational trends and outcomes for students with special educational needs. Furthermore, Dr. Daniel is currently collaborating with researchers in India, England, and Taiwan to conduct a comparative study that seeks to understand the knowledge of preservice teachers about early reading instruction.

Dr. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, both awarded from The University of Texas at Austin. He also has an M.Ed. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Daniel's impactful research has been recognized through publication in prominent journals, such as the Annals of DyslexiaJournal of Learning DisabilitiesJournal of Special EducationJournal of School Psychology, and Learning and Individual Differences. He is also the co-Editor for the Review of Education and PLOS One journals. 


Grant Information

2023: Reading program for Keystage 3 students with learning difficulties (Durham University). Role: Primary Investigator

2023: Taiwanese teachers' knowledge of teaching foundational Mandarin reading skills (The British Academy). Role: Primary Investigator

2023: Global Engagement Grant. Evidence-based reading instruction in India (Durham University). Role: Primary Investigator

2022: Identifying Pupils with Reading Disabilities (The British Educational Research Association) Role: Primary Investigator

2022: Open access lesson plans to enrich supplemental instruction for primary grade students at-risk of reading failure (The Economic and Social Research Council) Role: Primary Investigator

Research interests

  • Reading interventions
  • Learning difficulties
  • Special education
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Research methodology

Esteem Indicators

  • 2022: Editorial Roles: Associate Editor for Frontiers in Education; Academic Editor for the Plos One Journal; Consulting Editor Journal of Learning Disabilities.


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