PhD Student in Communication and Social Interaction, The University of Queensland

I come from seven years in the Australian Government with a background in suitability assessment, security and investigative interview.

My specialisation is in the analysis of language and social action in high-tension situations. In particular lying under questioning, and arguments.

My previous research investigated cues to deception employing naturalistic data collection and close analysis of the interaction in order to illustrate that silences are routine resources and not cues to deception - accounting for some variation in experimental results on silences to date.

My current research investigates arguments. In particular the way in which people attempt to trap each other with leading forms of questioning. My research describes what this sort of trap questioning is used to do - namely to try and show that the target is somehow abnormal.

I am also interested in public speaking and media-grooming and I take a keen interest in weighlifting and diet research and practice.

I am the webmaster of the Australian Institute of Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis. As a part of this role I created a youtube channel devoted to interviews I conducted with practitioners of CA and Ethnomethodology on topics such as the introductory basic ideas of each approach or recent research conducted in these areas.


  • –present
    PhD Student in Communication and Social Interaction, University of Queensland


  • 2010 
    Australian National University, Masters in Applied Linguistics


  • 2011
    Lies in context: Response latency/gaps in denials and blame shifting., British Journal of Social Psychology
  • 2011
    Enticing a challengeable in arguments: sequence, epistemics and preference organisation., Pragmatics

Research Areas

  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405)
  • Psychology (1701)
  • Language, Communication And Culture (20)
  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)


Top student paper award, Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis stream, American Sociological Association Conference, 2011.