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Executive functions are the set of high-level cognitive skills underpinning controlled and goal-directed thinking. I am interested in understanding how executive functions develop, how they underpin other important skills and how their development can be best supported.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, Department of Psychology, The University of Sheffield
  • 2016–2017
    Research associate, School of Psychology, Cardiff University


  • 2015 
    The University of Sheffield, PhD Psychology
  • 2012 
    The University of Sheffield, MSc Psychological Research
  • 2011 
    The University of Sheffield, BA Philosophy and Psychology


  • 2017
    Not all distractions are the same: Investigating why preschoolers make distraction errors when switching. ,
  • 2016
    Cognitive Flexibility in Young Children: Beyond Perseveration,
  • 2015
    A short executive function training program improves preschoolers’ working memory,
  • 2015
    Different executive functions support different kinds of cognitive flexibility: evidence from two-year-olds, three-year-olds and four-year-olds,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Exploring the neural mechanisms underpinning cognitive control in childhood
    Funding Source:
    ESRC White Rose Overseas Institutional Visit Award
  • 2014
    Does cognitive training improve executive function? Exploring the development of complex cognition in 3-year-olds.
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust biomedical vacation scholarship
  • 2012
    Exploring the dark ages: Charting and explaining the emergence of cognitive flexibility in early childhood.
    PhD researcher
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council