Ariana Loff has a Degree in Primary School Teaching (2005) and a curricular Masters Degree in Child Learning and Development (2007) from the Education and Psychology Department at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) in Portugal. From 2005 to 2009 Ariana managed the Dyslexia Unit in UTAD where she worked as a literacy intervention teacher with children aged 6 to 16. The Dyslexia Unit focuses on dyslexia diagnosis and intervention and is deeply rooted in research. During her time at UTAD Ariana also worked as a teaching assistant delivering undergraduate modules such as "The Didactics of Teaching how to Read and Spell" and the "Development of Reading and Spelling".
In 2009 Ariana received a Marie Curie Fellowship for 3 years to work on the cross-linguistic ELDEL (Enhancing Literacy Development in European Languages) project at the Centre for Reading and Language at the University of York in England. Ariana recently completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of York, England (2013). Her thesis work involved examining the predictors of oral reading fluency with particular interest on the relationship between these skills and children’s morphological knowledge.
Ariana currently works as an Early Literacy Researcher with KSI Research International Inc. (2009). Her research interests include language and literacy development, early intervention and educational assessments.