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Research interests

My research interests are centred on language processing and literacy acquisition. I'm exploring how we represent (spatial) events as discourse unfolds, and how this influences the accessibility of discourse referents during processing. I'm also interested in how exposure to a dialect influences literacy acquisition, language comprehension, and production.


I graduated from Northumbria University in 2011 and 2012, obtaining my BSc (Hons) Psychology and MRes Language & Cognition degrees respectively. In 2016 I graduated with a PhD in Psychology at the University of Dundee under the supervision of Dr. Yuki Kamide.

Following this, I worked as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow on a Leverhulme funded grant with Prof Vera Kempe at Abertay University exploring the impact of dialect on literacy acquisition. I was then appointed as Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland in 2019 before I returned to Northumbria University as Assistant Professor in Psychology in 2022.

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Education/Academic qualification

Psychology, PhD, University of Dundee

30 Jun 201631 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2016

Education, PGCert, Abertay University

Sept 2017Jun 2019

Linguistics, MRes, Northumbria University

Sept 2011Sept 2012

Psychology, BSc (Hons), Northumbria University

Sept 2008Jul 2011


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