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Pamela Snow

Pamela Snow

Pamela Claire Snow is a speech-language pathologist and registered psychologist whose research concerns language disorders in vulnerable children and adolescents, and their implications for academic achievement and psychosocial wellbeing.[1][2] She has been a vocal critic of pseudoscientific approaches to early reading instruction and support, such as the Arrowsmith Program.[3][4]

Pamela Snow
Alma mater
Academic career
FieldsLanguage, perpetrator, literacy 

Early life and education

Pamela Claire Snow did her BASc in speech pathology and graduate diploma in communication disorders at the Lincoln Institute of Health Science (subsequently absorbed into La Trobe University).[5] She completed her PhD on acquired brain injury in 1997 at La Trobe University, and then a graduate certificate in higher education at Monash University in 1998.[6] She became a registered psychologist in 2003.[1][7]

Career and impact

Snow worked in medical education at Monash University from 2005–2015, becoming an associate professor in 2009.[8] Since 2015, she has been a Professor at La Trobe University, forming the Science of Language and Reading (SOLAR) Lab in the School of Education with Tanya Serry in 2020.[9] Through this time, her research has addressed several aspects of language development and disorders and their significance to vulnerability in early life, including mental health and youth offending.[1][2] She has also been an editor of ACQ, editorial consultant for IJSLP,[10] is on the editorial board of First Language[11] and is an Associate Editor of The Reading League [12]

Her research has impacted speech-language pathology, education, and justice ranging from how children and adolescents are interviewed as witnesses, suspects, and victims[2] though to treatment and management of rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury. [10] She also translates language and literacy instruction and support research for a general audience, particularly parents, teachers, clinicians, and policy-makers via her blog, The Snow Report.[2] She frequently speaks on how reading is taught in Australian schools[13][14][15] and has been a vocal critic of the Arrowsmith Program.[3][4][16]

Awards and honours

Snow has additionally won editors' awards for her research publications in 2013 and 2020[18] and presented the 2015 Elizabeth Usher Memorial Lecture.[19]


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  2. "Pamela Snow". InSpEd. Institute of Special Educators. Retrieved 30 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Wood, Patrick (13 March 2017). "Controversial claims get the soft treatment". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  4. Wood, Patrick (21 March 2017). "Experts question school program for kids with learning difficulties". ABC News. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  5. "Professor Pamela Snow". Retrieved 30 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Cosoleto, Tara (3 October 2020). "Bendigo Professor Pamela Snow determined to improve literacy in children". Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  7. Education, The Centre for Inclusive. "External Affiliate Members". The Centre for Inclusive Education. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  8. "Pamela Snow". The Conversation. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  9. Urban, Rebecca (22 January 2022). "Phonics makes a comeback as a sound foundation of learning". The Australian. Retrieved 1 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. "Past Award Winners". Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  11. "Editorial Board". First Language. SAGE journals. Retrieved 16 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "Table of Contents" (PDF). The Reading League Journal. 2 (2): 2. 2021.
  13. Cook, Henrietta (19 August 2017). "Literacy wars: the proposed reading test dividing schools". The Age. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  14. Snow, Pamela; Serry, Tanya. "Why every child needs explicit phonics instruction to learn to read". The Conversation. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  15. Baker, Jordan (5 March 2021). "Kids in the crossfire: 'It's not just that they can't read - it affects every minute of their day'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  16. "'Misinformed': experts protest revised curriculum's approach to reading instruction". Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  17. "LDA Mona Tobias Award". Learning Difficulties Australia. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  18. "Editor's Awards". ASHA Publication. Retrieved 16 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "Annual Report 2015". Speech Pathology Australia. 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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