The MultiLit Research Unit (MRU)

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

To get in touch with the MultiLit Research Unit regarding participating in a trial, requesting articles or references, publishing with MRU Press, or working with us, please contact the MRU here.


Dr Robyn Wheldall
Director, MultiLit Research Unit

Emeritus Professor Kevin Wheldall AM
Founding Director, MultiLit Research Unit

Senior Research Fellows

Dr Alison Madelaine
Senior Research Fellow &
Clinical Director, MultiLit Literacy Centres

Dr Jennifer Buckingham
Senior Research Fellow &
Director of Strategy, MultiLit

Dr Mark Carter
Senior Research Fellow &
Dean, Academy for the Science of Instruction

Research Fellows

Dr Nicola Bell
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Anna Desjardins
Research Fellow &
Product Developer, MultiLit

Dr Ying Sng
Research Fellow &
Lecturer, Academy for the Science of Instruction

Dr Siobhan Merlo
Research Fellow & Senior Product Developer

Research Coordinator

Tessa Barnett
Research Coordinator

MRU Managers

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. These summaries were previously published by Macquarie University Special Education Centre (MUSEC) as MUSEC Briefings.

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