Athena SWAN



The Department is committed to a policy of ensuring that all members of staff achieve their full potential in a supportive and responsive work environment. We have enthusiastically adopted the Athena SWAN charter of good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research. We were delighted to receive the Gold Athena SWAN Award in 2019. 

We are very fortunate in having so many excellent female staff in the Department, both in academic and non-academic roles. To support their career development and also to meet the needs of all staff, we support flexible and part-time working patterns where possible, provide mentoring, and fund the activities of an Early Career Forum run by postdocs for junior researchers in the Department.

Recent successes

Recent successes for women in the Department 


Dr Heidi Baseler(Lecturer)

  • Appointed to Lecturer in Imaging Sciences, Hull York Medical School 2012
  • Principal Investigator on the ‘Bionic eye’ project – Measuring how the brain adapts to sight restoration from retinal implants – Collaboration with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, funded by Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2)/Wellcome Trust ISSP 2015-2017
  • Co-Investigator on ‘Fight for Sight’ project – Longitudinal clinical trial to measure brain changes following sight loss (macular degeneration) and test brain stimulation treatment, funded by charity ‘Fight for Sight’ 2014-2017
  • Co-investigator in two international lab networks to train PhD students
    • ‘NextGenVis: Training the Next Generation of European Visual Neuroscientists for the benefit of innovation in health care and high-tech industry’, funded by the European Commission – Innovative Training Networks.  2015-2018
    • ‘Vision4Vision: A collaboration between four international vision laboratories’, Collaborative International Research Centre (CIRC) 2013-2016

Dr Jane Clarbour (Senior Lecturer)

  • University Court Advisor to the Prison Service Research Ethics Board, York and Humberside area 2011-present
  • Reviewer for Springer Publications
  • Reviewer for Pearson Publications

Dr Silke Göbel (Senior Lecturer)

  • Promoted to Senior Lecturer 2015
  • Director of the MSc course in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 2013-present
  • Deputy Chair of Board of Examiners, Chair of the Mitigating Circumstances Committee 2012-present
  • Reward Excellence Award for Teaching: Leadership, planning and management of resources, University of York 2013
  • Editorial board, Lernen und Lernstörungen, Hogrefe & Huber Verlag 2011-present
  • Editorial board, Journal of Numerical Cognition (newly founded), PsychOpen 2011-present
  • External PhD examiner for 4 students 2011-present

Dr Silvia Gennari (Senior Lecturer)

  • Promoted to Senior Lecturer 2013
  • Director of MRes in Psychology 2013-present
  • Director MSc Cognitive Neuroscience 2010-2013
  • Coordinated MRC application and subsequent renewal for postgraduate studentships in medical imaging, which were successful in 2011 and 2014 application rounds
  • Admission officer for postgraduate recruitment 2011-present
  • Supervised three PhD students to completion 2011-present

Dr Emma Hayiou-Thomas (Senior Lecturer)

  • Promoted to Senior Lecturer 2015
  • Anniversary lectureship 2011-2012
  • Local PI/Co-investigator on a Wellcome-funded follow-up grant, investigating the  “Developmental relationships between dyslexia and specific language impairment” 2013-2014
  • Principal Investigator on a grant funded by the Waterloo Foundation, “The co-occurrence of language, literacy and psychosocial difficulties in adolescence: genetic and environmental contributions” 2013-2014
  • Designed and now Co-Director of new MSc in Development, Disorders & Clinical Practice, 2012-present 

Dr Lisa Henderson (Lecturer)

  • Promotion from post-doc to lecturer in 2012
  • Designed and now Co-Director of new MSc in Development, Disorders & Clinical Practice, 2012-present
  • Principle Investigator on a £50,000 grant from the Waterloo Foundation to carry out research into dyslexia and sleep 2013-2014
  • Principle Investigator on a 1.3 million grant from the ESRC to carry out research in to sleep and memory consolidation across typical and atypical development 2015-present
  • Had two babies since 2012

Professor Elizabeth Jefferies

  • Promotion to Professor in 2014
  • Chair of Graduate School Board 2010-2013
  • Chair of York Neuroimaging Science Committee 2013-2015
  • Chair of Inclusiveness and Development Committee 2015- present
  • Principle Investigator on Starting grant from European Research Council (ERC) 2012-2016
  • Principle Investigator on grant from BBSRC 2012-2015
  • Principle Investigator on grant from Stroke Association 2013-2017
  • Associate Editor for Journal of Neuropsychology 2014-present
  • Action Editor for PeerJ 2014- present
  • Co-editor of special issue of Neuropsychologia 2015
  • Awarded Cortex Prize by the Federation of European Societies of Neuropsychology 2010
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the British Neuropsychological Society 2011-2014

Dr Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer (Senior Lecturer)

  • Promotion to senior lecturer in 2014
  • Awarded three 'Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards' (Winner for Outstanding Feedback, Highly Commended for Teacher of the Year, Highly Commended for Innovative use of Technology) 2013
  • Chair of Board of Studies 2015-present
  • Deputy Chair of Graduate School Board 2013-2015
  • Co-Investigator on a grant from British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant to investigate the neural mechanisms of perspective taking during communication 2015
  • Action editor for Royal Society Open Science 2014-present

Dr Katie Slocombe (Senior Lecturer)

  • Promotion to senior lecturer in 2012
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of animal learning and behavior, comparative 2013
  • Rewarding Excellence Award for promoting student employability 2013
  • York University Student Union Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Award for Promoting Employability 2013
  • Deputy Chair of Graduate School Board 2013-present

Professor Maggie Snowling

  • Appointed President at St John's College Oxford 2012
  • Elected Fellow of the British Academy 2009
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading 2012
  • Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, Society for the Scientific study of Reading 2010

Dr Meesha Warmington (Senior Teaching Fellow)

  • Appointed Lecturer in Department of Human Communication Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, University of Sheffield 2015
  • Promotion to Senior Teaching Fellow in 2014
  • Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award, University of York for excellence in learning and teaching 2013
  • Rewarding Excellence Award, University of York for sustained outstanding contribution 2013
  • Co-Investigator on a grant from Leverhulme Trust, Research Project Grants (£217,890).Title of Project: Executive control, working memory and literacy skills in bilingual children 2013-2015
  • Co-Investigator on a grant from Waterloo Foundation: Research Project, Child Development (£49,822.00).Title of Project: Dyslexia, Sleep and Co-Occurrence 2014-2015


Dr Fionnuala Larkin

  • Qualified as a clinical psychologist with an award for distinction 2012 
  • Encouraged service-based, clinical research by designing and helping to implement a research agenda between University College Dublin and Brothers of Charity Services in Waterford. 2012-2014 
  • Co-designed a novel psycho-educational intervention to promote mind-mindedness in parents using new technology with Professor Elizabeth Meins.
  • Managed a randomised controlled trial in partnership with the NHS to evaluate an intervention to promote mind-mindedness in new parents, including managing a small team of researchers and students.
  • Co-authored manual for an NSPCC Programme: Parents, Pregnancy and Well-Being.
  • Co-supervised undergraduate and postgraduate psychology projects. 

Dr Janine Oostenbroek

  • Co-chair of the Department's Early Career Researchers Forum 2015-present
  • Awarded a travel award for an outstanding poster presentation at the Social Cognition Workshop, University of Bangor, August 2015
  • Published a paper demonstrating that 5 year old children contrast their behaviour to out-group members in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, April 2015
  • Invited to give a presentation on my PhD research on neonatal imitation at The University of Cambridge, January 2015
  • Obtained a postdoctoral position at The University of York with Dr Harriet Over, November 2013
  • Received a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education qualification, November 2013

Dr Kay Ritchie

  • Completed PhD and began work as a research fellow 2013
  • Published papers in leading journals and presented talks and posters at national and international conferences
  • Designed and delivered interactive demonstrations and public talks at large-scale events, attracting newspaper and radio coverage

Dr Hannah Thompson

  • Completed PhD and began work as a research fellow 2013
  • Recipient of C2D2 funded 2-year research fellowship 2015
  •  Recipient of a Departmental Summer Bursary 2014
  •  Set up and organised the first interdisciplinary Stroke Research Day to tell stroke patients and caregiver who volunteer in our research about the latest research findings in Yorkshire.
  • Voted onto the British Neuropsychological Society committee from 2013-2016
  • Co-organised their 25th anniversary meeting in Oxford 2014
  • Recently had a paper accepted in a high-impact journal, Brain
  • Co-supervise three PhD students – Upasana Nathaniel, Sara Stampacchia and Tirso Gonzalez Alam
  • Chosen to deliver a set of lectures on language in the Brain and Behaviour strand to second year students following the retirement of Prof. Andy Ellis.

Support staff

Support staff

The Department has 15 support staff of which 10 are women. Support staff play a vital role in the department's operations. Recent appointments include:

  • Kelly Freebury
    Assessment & Feedback Administrator
  • Mandy Kenyon
    Research Support Officer
  • Rachel Grimes
    Year 1 & 2 Undergraduate & Admissions Administrator

The charter

We are committed to supporting women in science and engineering.

Find out more about the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

Flexible working practices

The department is fully supportive of flexible working practices where possible. Currently two members of academic staff and three members of support staff are on part-time contracts by choice.