Dr Shamala Sundaray

School of Health and Social Care
Dr Shamala Sundaray
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  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday & Wednesday: 9:30-12:00



I joined the University of Essex as Lecturer (R) in December 2022. I have previously taught undergraduates and postgraduates across three universities in Singapore. My research interests are in language (particularly pragmatic inferences), pragmatic impairments and cognition across the lifespan, with a particular focus on the effects of bilingualism in these areas. I am also interested in the role of the environment (language input, SES etc.) on language development and language disorders in both monolinguals and bilinguals. I am happy to supervise postgraduate students who are interested in these areas.


  • PhD University of Reading,

  • MA National University of Singapore,

  • BA National University of Singapore,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer (R), University of Essex (19/12/2022 - present)

Other academic

  • Pre-sessional English Tutor, Royal Holloway University of London (15/7/2022 - 11/8/2022)

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University (22/4/2020 - 1/12/2021)

  • Associate Faculty, Singapore University of Social Sciences (2/1/2018 - 18/12/2022)

  • Research Fellow, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (11/9/2017 - 24/2/2018)

  • Sessional Lecturer, Psychology, James Cook University Singapore (1/3/2017 - 31/10/2019)

  • Lecturer (P-T), Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University (11/8/2014 - 31/5/2017)

  • Visiting Scholar, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (15/7/2014 - 30/6/2015)

  • Lecturer, LCC, Nanyang Technological University (2/6/2008 - 22/1/2012)

  • Associate Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (1/7/2007 - 31/10/2009)

  • Research Assistant, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (1/12/2005 - 31/5/2007)

  • Research Associate, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (2/5/2005 - 30/11/2005)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Understanding Typical Communication (HS132)

  • Typical Development Across the Lifespan (HS135)

  • Identification of Acquired Communication Abilities and Difficulties (HS232)

  • Introduction to Speech and Language Therapy (HS235)

  • Professional Enquiry Proposal (HS340)

  • Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours Portfolio 1 (HS705)

  • Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours Portfolio 2 (HS708)

  • Speech and Language Therapy Foundation Studies 1 (HS830)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 1 (HS831)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Paediatrics 4 (HS834)

  • Practice Placement 1 (HS136)

  • Speech and Language Therapy - Adults 4 (HS839)

  • Enhancing Communication for People with Developmental & Acquired Communication Difficulties (HS331)


Journal articles (3)

Woon, FT., Yogarrajah, EC., Fong, S., Salleh, NSM., Sundaray, S. and Styles, SJ., (2021). Creating a Corpus of Multilingual Parent-Child Speech Remotely: Lessons Learned in a Large-Scale Onscreen Picturebook Sharing Task. Frontiers in Psychology. 12, 734936-

Loh, CE., Sundaray, S., Merga, M. and Gao, J., (2021). Principals and Teachers’ Perspectives of Their School Libraries and Implications for School Library Policy. Journal of Library Administration. 61 (5), 550-571

Sundaray, S., Marinis, T. and Bose, A., (2018). Comprehending Non-literal Language: Effects of Aging and Bilingualism. Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 2230-

Conferences (5)

Sundaray, S., Figurative language comprehension by ageing bilinguals

Sundaray, S., Yap, D., Woon, FT., Yogarrajah, EC. and Styles, SJ., A Remote Intervention to Enhance Child-Directed Speech: an RCT for Infants and Toddlers

Sundaray, S., Can ageing old adults benefit from being bilingual?

bin Amran, S., Sundaray, S., Le, T., Woon, FT., Yogarrajah, EC. and Styles, SJ., Engagement in a Remote Intervention: Feedback from a text-based intervention to enhance parent-child talk

Sundaray, S., Executive functioning in young and old bilingual adults: Does age and linguistic ability matter?

Reports and Papers (1)

Styles, SJ., Soskic, A., Kovic, V., Ke, H., Gau, R., Pavlov, YG., Woon, FT., Sundaray, S., Yap, DF., Ganis, G. and Shaw, A., (2023). Towards an Agreed Reporting Template for ERP Methodology - International Standard (ARTEM-IS)

Other (1)

Data_Sheet_1.PDF,Frontiers Media SA



Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday & Wednesday: 9:30-12:00

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