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Stefan Samuelsson


Learning in school and working life demands reading and writing skills. My research focuses reading and writing development and reasons why some pupils struggle with learning to read and write.

Deputy Head of Department and Researcher

Professor Samuelsson is Professor of Education, specialising in special needs education. He is also senior subject supervisor for research into reading and writing skills/dyslexia at the Division of Education, Teaching and Learning. For the last 20 years Samuelsson has been in charge of a number of projects focusing on reading and writing development and reading and writing disabilities/dyslexia. His research also focuses on early cognitive and language development in children and their relationship with their first reading and writing learning and the risk of the early development of reading and writing disabilities. 

As well as focusing on children, adolescents and adults in general, a number of the research projects have focused on specific groups of individuals such as children born with low birth weights or adult prisoners.

Samuelsson is currently engaged in a genetic behaviour project which, among other things, studies the genetic and environmental influences on a child’s early cognitive and language development, early reading and writing learning, reading and writing disabilities and mathematics. 




Bjarte Furnes, Åsa Elwér, Stefan Samuelsson, Rebecca Treiman, Richard K. Olson (2023) The stability and developmental interplay of word reading and spelling: a cross-linguistic longitudinal study from kindergarten to grade 4 Reading and writing Continue to DOI
Rebecca Treiman, Jacqueline Hulslander, Richard K. Olson, Stefan Samuelsson, Åsa Elwér, Bjarte Furnes, Brian Byrne (2023) Predicting Later Spelling from Kindergarten Spelling in US, Australian, and Swedish Children Scientific Studies of Reading, Vol. 27, p. 428-442 Continue to DOI
Hanna Lindström-Sandahl, Åsa Elwér, Stefan Samuelsson, Henrik Danielsson (2023) Effects of a phonics intervention in a randomized controlled study in Swedish second-grade students at risk of reading difficulties Dyslexia, Vol. 29, p. 290-311 Continue to DOI


Karin Nilsson, Henrik Danielsson, Åsa Elwér, David Messer, Lucy Henry, Stefan Samuelsson (2021) Decoding Abilities in Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities: The Contribution of Cognition, Language, and Home Literacy Journal of Cognition, Vol. 4, p. 1-16 Continue to DOI
Karin Nilsson, Henrik Danielsson, Åsa Elwér, David Messer, Lucy Henry, Stefan Samuelsson (2021) Investigating Reading Comprehension in Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities: Evaluating the Simple View of Reading Journal of Cognition, Vol. 4, p. 1-20 Continue to DOI