Dr Amy Bidgood

Amy joined the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology in 2018. Before taking up this role, she held research posts at the Universities of Liverpool and York, working on several projects investigating children’s language and communicative development. While she was at Liverpool, she worked on the Language 0-5 Project, an intensive longitudinal project following the development of 80 children from the Merseyside area over the first 5 years of life. 

Amy currently leads the Salford Autism Exercise Project, in collaboration with David Tate and Eve Bent, funded by The Waterloo Foundation. This project is investigating whether a 6-week exercise intervention can improve the sleep of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and, in turn, whether this can improve children’s ability to learn new words. 

Amy is also a member of the Psychology Research Group, and is collaborating with colleagues on projects on topics including digital meida use, socio-emotional development, and language development. Her other research interests include pre-linguistic communication (babble, gestures), and play, particularly pretend/symbolic play. 

Amy teaches on a range of undergraduate modules in the fields of developmental psychology and research methods. She also supervises undergraduate and postgratuate dissertations, as well as PhD students. She is keen to hear from potential PhD students with research interests related to her own. 

Amy holds a PhD in Psychology, awarded by the University of Liverpool, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in linguistics. She is a qualified teacher in post-compulsory education, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Postgraduate Research Supervision Interests

Language, including language acquisition/development; Prelinguistic communication (babble, gesture); Parent-child interaction; Play, particularly pretend/symbolic play; Parent-baby classes and their role in development. 

Find out more about my work

Open Access: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/profile/66903

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9719-4256

Keywords

Developmental psychology, Language acquisition