Dr Rana Abu-Zhaya

Dr Rana Abu-Zhaya

Visiting Lecturer

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)




Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer in Speech and Hearing Science, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, Oct. 2022 - Present
  • Visiting Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Sep. 2022 - Present
  • Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Jan. 2021 - Aug. 2022
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Oct. 2018 - Dec. 2020


  • PhD, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, USA, Aug. 2018
  • MSc, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, USA, Aug. 2014
  • BA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Haifa, Israel, Feb. 2009

Certification and Licensure

  • Clinically Certified Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologist, Division of Medical Professions, Ministry of Health, Israel, Aug. 2010 - Present




Abu-Zhaya, R. & Arnon, I. (registered report, in-principle acceptance). Does order of exposure impact the formation of linguistic predictions? Grammatical gender as a case study. Language Learning.

Ko, E., Abu-Zhaya, R., Kim, E., Kim, T., On, K., Kim, H., Zhang, B., & Seidl, A. (in press). Mothers’ use of tactile cues for word learning is attuned to infants’ development: Evidence from Korean dyadic interactions. Infancy.

Abu-Zhaya, R., Goffman, L., Brosseau-Lapré, F., Roepke, E., & Seidl, A. (2023). Oral restriction impacts word recognition in children with speech sound disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Abu-Zhaya, R., Arnon, I., & Borovsky, A. (2022). Do children use multi-word information in real-time sentence comprehension? Cognitive Science, 46(3), e13111.

Kellerman, A. M., Schwichtenberg, A. J., Abu-Zhaya, R., Miller, M., Young, G. S., & Ozonoff, S. (2020). Dyadic synchrony and responsiveness in the first year: Associations with autism risk. Autism Research, 13, 2190-2201.

Abu-Zhaya, R., Kondaurova, M., Houston, D., & Seidl, A. (2019). Vocal and tactile input to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, 62(7), 2372-2385.

Lew-Williams, C., Ferguson, B., Abu-Zhaya, R., & Seidl, A. (2017). Social touch interacts with infants’ learning of auditory patterns. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 35, 66-74.

Abu-Zhaya, R., Seidl, A., & Cristia, A. (2016). Multimodal infant-directed communication: How caregivers combine tactile and linguistic cues. Journal of Child Language, 44, 1088-1116.

Conference Papers

Chen, Q., Abu-Zhaya, R., Seidl, A., & Zhu, F. (2019). CNN based touch interaction detection for infant speech development. In 2019 IEEE Conference on Multimedia Information Processing and Retrieval (MIPR), 20-25.

Abu-Zhaya, R., Seidl, A., Tincoff, R., & Cristia, A. (2017). Building a multimodal lexicon: Lessons from infants’ learning of body part words. In Proc. GLU 2017 International Workshop on Grounding Language Understanding, 18-21.

Chen, Q., Li, H., Abu-Zhaya, R., Seidl, A., Zhu, F., & Delp, E. J. (2016). Touch event recognition for human interaction. Electronic Imaging, 2016(11), 1-6.