Department of Psychology
I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford (2010-2013), and subsequently spent a year as a Research Associate at Lancaster University. I first joined the University of York in 2014, completing a Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship as part of the Sleep, Language and Memory Lab. I then spent two years back in Oxford, working as a Postdoctoral Researcher within ReadOxford Group and Stipendiary Lecturer at St Catherine’s College. I rejoined the York Psychology Department as a Lecturer in 2022.
I am fundamentally interested in how children and adults learn, drawing upon memory, language, and literacy research. My research asks questions such as:
I address these questions using behavioural experiments that train and test new words, as well as analyses of real-world data and national cohort datasets.
Taking the long view: understanding the precursors and consequences of individual differences in reading comprehension (PI: Kate Nation, University of Oxford; funded by the ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative). This project makes use of data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children to better characterise reading comprehension difficulties in childhood. We are examining associated cognitive difficulties and preschool predictors, as well as implications for educational attainment and later wellbeing.
I would be keen to hear from potential postgraduate students interested in any of the above research topics.
See Google Scholar for a full list of publications.