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I am interested in cognitive development, and specifically how memory and attention develop and how these skills support learning. I'm also interested in why children differ so much in their cognition, and the implications this has for school readiness.


  • 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