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Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Joanna is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences. After graduating from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology she completed her PhD in 2016 investigating executive functioning in older adults with Williams syndrome specifically focusing atypical inhibitory control, incorporating behavioural and EEG / ERP methodology.

Joanna’s research activity has spanned a diverse range of projects, including investigation of the effect of multi-vitamins and Omega-3 on cognitive functioning in children, neurocognitive profile of mind-wandering, motor imagery in older adults, and action / motion comprehension in stroke patients. Her current research focuses on the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, in particular the psychological and neurocognitive profiles of those who can experience the phenomenon. Other current research programmes include the investigation of subclinical traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.


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    Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle