Rikke Vang Christensen

Rikke Vang Christensen

Associate Professor

As a researcher and trained SLT (Speech and Language Therapist), I focus on children's language disorders. I am interested in (1) the characteristics of these disorders (e.g. grammatical features of particular difficulty for Danish children with Developmental Language Disorder); (2) identification of language learning impairments (e.g. the potential of language processing tasks such as nonword and sentence repetition), and (3) intervention (the effect of exlicit intervention on the language skills, particularly vocabulary and syntax, in school-age children with DLD).  Furthermore, I am interested in the consequences of language disorders for communication, participation in everyday activities and learning. 


Current research

  • I am co-PI on a large research project funded by The Independent Research Fund Denmark. In the project, The making of stronger readers: The role of syntactic proficiency in understanding texts, we investigate the role of syntax comprehension for reading comprehension in school-aged children. My role in the project is to develop and test a syntax intervention and to investigate the effects of the intervention on syntax comprehension and on reading comprehension.


I teach courses in children's language disorders and related subjects and supervise e.g. BA projects and master's theses within the field of (developmental) language disorders. 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Remembering sentences is not all about memory: Convergent and discriminant validity of syntactic knowledge and its relationship with reading comprehension

    Poulsen, Mads, Nielsen, Jessie Leigh & Christensen, Rikke Vang, 2022, In: Journal of Child Language. 49, 2, p. 349-356

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Sprogudvikling hos børn med udviklingsmæssige sprogforstyrrelser

    Christensen, Rikke Vang, Oct 2021, Børns sprogtilegnelse: Sproglig udvikling hos danske børn i alderen 0-6 år . Kjærbæk, L. & Boeg Thomsen, D. (eds.). Frederiksberg: Frydenlund Academic, p. 217-226 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

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