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Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.

Previously, I was Lecturer at the University of Salford. I also worked as a Research Associate in the ESRC-funded International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) at the University of Liverpool. I work on the Language 0-5 Project, a longitudinal study investigating individual differences in the language development of 80 children from the age of 6 months to four and a half years. My research focused on on the naturalistic data aspects of the project, looking at children's prelinguistic gesture use and their symbolic play abilities, amongst other things.

I have worked on children's syntax development and on phonological development.


  • 2022–present
    Senior lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University
  • 2018–2022
    Lecturer, University of Salford
  • 2011–2018
    Research associate, University of Liverpool
  • 2007–2011
    Research Assistant in Phonological Development, University of York


  • 2017 
    University of Liverpool, PhD Psychology
  • 2007 
    University of Birmingham, MA Applied Linguistics
  • 2006 
    University of Wolverhampton, PGCE Post-Compulsory Education with ESOL Subject Specialism
  • 2003 
    University of York, BA Languages and Linguistics