Huarda Valdes-Laribi
Early Stage Researcher



  • MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2010 – 2012)
  • Speech and Language Therapy trainee, Office Médico-Pédagogique and bilingual private practice (S. Kerr-Trébert), Geneva, Switzerland (2011-2012)
    • Involved leading assessments, planning and carrying out individual and group therapy sessions in English and French, for children with developmental disabilities such as autism, genetic syndromes, articulation and phonological disorders, and dyslexia.
  • Aural Rehabilitation, Undergraduate course at Boston University, USA (summer term, 2009)
  • Instructor Therapist in Applied Behaviour Analysis – Verbal Behaviour, Association Objectif Vaincre l’Autisme, Gland, Switzerland (2009-2010)
  • BSc in Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland (2006 – 2010)

Departmental roles



Understanding sentences in the presence of a competing talker: individual differences and cognition.


Although psycholinguistics has been studying speech perception and comprehension and untangling its different components for years, these studies have typically used optimal quiet listening conditions.  Furthermore, research in speech perception in adverse conditions has mainly focused on the perception of speech.  However, our task in everyday conversations is to understand the sentences that we perceive.

My current study aims to contribute to the growing field of speech in noise research by using a sentence comprehension paradigm. This project aims to tease apart the factors involved in informational masking (a competing talker), in particular when the load on working memory is increased, and its effect on the comprehension of different syntactic structures (object vs subject relatives).

Research group(s)




Selected publications



  • Language development, tutorial (Year 1, Spring 2014)
  • The bilingual mind, tutorial (Year 2, Autumn 2013)
  • Mini-projects supervision (Year 1, Summer 2013)

Contact details

Ms Huarda Valdes-Laribi
Department of Psychology
The University of York
Heslington, York
Room C104
YO10 5DD