MultiLit Research Unit (MRU)

MRU Members

The MultiLit Research Unit (MRU) was established within Macquarie University Special Education Centre in 2006 to co-ordinate continuing research into effective instruction for low-progress readers. The MRU is directed by Professor Kevin Wheldall AM and Dr Robyn Wheldall is the Deputy Director.


Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall AM
Chairman and Director, MultiLit Research Unit. BA, PhD, C.Psychol, FASSA, FBOsS, FCollP, FIARLD, MAPS, MCEDP
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Dr Robyn Wheldall
Director, BA, PHD (Special Education), MAICD
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Dr Alison Madelaine
Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Director, MultiLit Literacy Centres
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Dr Jennifer Buckingham
Senior Research Fellow and Director of Strategy
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Dr Mark Carter
Senior Research Fellow
Dean, Academy for the Science of Instruction
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Dr Nicola Bell
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Dr Anna Desjardins
Research Fellow
Product Developer
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Dr Ying Sng
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Tessa Barnett
Acting Research Fellow
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Sarah Arakelian
Manager – MRU
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The MRU is currently conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of the InitiaLit-2 program with Year 2 students. Research is also ongoing to develop and improve reading assessment tools, for use alongside the WARP and WARL.

Members of MRU have also contributed regularly to the series of Nomanis Notes, one page summaries of sometimes controversial programs and practices (previously published by Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) as MUSEC Briefings).