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Vicky Yiran Zhao

Year of study: PEDAL Alumni
Supervisor: Prof Jenny Gibson
Funding: LEGO Foundation & Cambridge Trust

Overview of Research
Vicky explores the longitudinal impact of play in early years on children’s language, mathematical and mental health development. She particularly focuses on how play could be an affordable, accessible and fun means of support for neurodivergent children and children from low SES backgrounds.

Key Interests
Peer play, playful learning, mental health, quantitative analyses, longitudinal research, education equality, neurodiversity