Anna completed a BSc (Hons) in psychology at Coventry University then an MSc in cognitive neuropsychology at University College London. She was awarded her PhD from the Institute of Education, London, in 2013, where she researched sleep problems in children with Down syndrome and Williams syndrome and the effects of sleep on learning and cognition. She's currently a research associate in psychology at Coventry University where she is working on several projects. These include investigating sleep problems and early cognitive development in children with Down syndrome; improving sleep and sensorymotor functions in children with autism spectrum disorder; and the association between sleep and visuospatial processing in school-age children.
She is the leader for the Sleep and Chronobiology research theme within the Brain, Belief and Behaviour lab. Research is planned to investigate the effects of sleep on cognitive functioning and behaviour in children with intellectual disabilities; sleep and cognition in school aged children, and the effects of sleep disturbance in students.