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Professor of Cognitive Development, University of Surrey

Emily Farran is a Professor of Cognitive Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Cognition Genes and Developmental Variability lab (CoGDeV Lab). She is interested in the development of visual and spatial cognition in both typical and atypical populations. Her most recent research focuses on: the relationship between spatial thinking and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in primary school age children; and large scale spatial ability (navigation) in atypical populations such as Williams syndrome and Down syndrome. She is also an advocate for open research. Her efforts formed an integral part to the University of Surrey joining the UK Reproducibility Network in December 2019. This was coupled with her appointment as Academic Lead for Research Integrity and Culture in November 2019.


  • –present
    Professor of Cognitive Development, University of Surrey


  • 2001 
    University of Bristol, PhD Psychology