You may know me as Nancy, MD of Genius Within but I am also Chartered Occupational Psychologist and PhD student at City University.  For the past 12 years I have specialised in the diagnosis and support of adults with dyslexia and related conditions.  My research interests are the treatment and organisational support of adults with dyslexia and related conditions in occupational contexts.

Scientific evidence in this field is sparse.  A pilot literature search of the research (EBSCO hosted) databases in July 2014 revealed the following returns:

Journals and basic termsDyslexia/dyslexicAdult limitations added to searcExcl. HE, child, student or educationtreatmentsAdditional terms employment


Psych Info

Business Source Complete

CJ Abstracts

Behavioural Science collection




(9,600 research papers)


(1,814 research papers)






(377 research papers)


(22 research papers)

Of the final 41 papers that directly related to the adult experiences of dyslexia and employment, the following disciplines were represented (as judged by the journal / publication type):

Education / Dyslexia18
Human Resources9
Occupational Health6
Other (for example Social Work)4


Of these 41 papers, only four related to treatment evaluations!

As part of my PhD, I plan to undertake a Systematic Review’ process (Petticrew &Roberts, 2006).  This means that I define clear objectives to search for, before I start reading.  This helps reduce my bias to ‘see what I want to see’ in the literature.  Normally researchers contact existing academics and practitioners in their field and interview them to help define the search terms.  I have contacted 5 academics, 5 practitioners from different psychology backgrounds and 5 active political campaigners.  I am missing the voice of the dyslexic adult, and their employer.

If you would like to be involved, please contact me via the contact sheet on the website, asking clearly for Nancy’s research project.  I’d like to set up interviews with you to talk briefly about what YOU think researchers should be looking for, exploring and evaluating in relation to the experience of dyslexia in employment.

The interview would only take around 20-40 minutes and will take place mid-October.





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