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


Johny Daniel is an assistant professor at the School of Education at Durham University. Dr. Daniel’s research focuses on developing and testing reading interventions and assessments for pupils, including those with and at-risk of learning difficulties such as dyslexia. He has extensive experience in developing and testing reading interventions for pupils at-risk of reading failure. He has worked on multiple funded projects that have examined innovative approaches to improve pupils’ reading comprehension skills, inference making skills, and other related factors such as anxiety management.

Dr. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds an M.Ed. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Prior to this, he taught English as a second language in multiple countries. 


Grant Information

2023: Global Engagement Grant (£3064). Evidence-based reading instruction in India. Role: Primary Investigator

2022: Identifying Pupils with Reading Disabilities: A Practitioner Survey (£5000 from 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 (£13790.59 from the Economic and Social Research Council) Role: Primary Investigator

Research interests

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

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Conference Paper

  • Cawthon, Stephanie Barker, Elizabeth, Daniel, Johny & Cooc, North (2021), Myth Busting With Data: Longitudinal Models of Reading and Mathematics Achievement in Deaf Students, AERA Annual Meeting. San Diego, California.

Journal Article

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