I am a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Salford. Before taking up this role, I held research posts at the Universities of Liverpool and York, working on several projects investigating children’s language and communicative development. For my last 4 years at Liverpool, I 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.
I hold a PhD in Psychology, awarded by the University of Liverpool, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in linguistics. I am a qualified teacher for post-compulsory education, and a Fellow of the HEA.
Teaching and Supervision
I teach on undergraduate modules in all years, and am currently (co-)module leader for Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology (Level 4), Child Language Acquisition (Level 6) and Atypical Child Development (Level 6). I supervise dissertations in various areas, and am particularly interested in working with students who would like to carry out research in the fields of child development, parent-child interaction, and language and communication.
I would be interested to hear from potential PhD students with research interests related to my own.
My research is primarily in the field of children’s language and communicative development. In particular, I am interested in:
- Pre-linguistic communication (babble, gestures);
- Play, particularly pretend/symbolic play;
- Parent-child interaction;
- Syntactic/grammatical development;
- Phonological development.
Phone: +44 (0) 161 295 6347