My initial experience was within psychological fields. I have worked for companies providing psychological assessment of parents involved in care proceedings, in a secure unit for offenders with mental illness and with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). I progressed from this to research roles, investigating the impact of bilingualism on executive functioning skills across the lifespan. This fostered my interest in bilingualism as a research topic, particular how it intersects with individuals’ experience and understanding of themselves and the world around them.
My current research interests include the impact of bilingual literacy on children’s self-esteem, specifically investigating the Welsh-English literacy abilities of children in schools in Wales. I am particularly interested in children’s development of identity and the role that society plays in this (e.g. in constructing ideas about gender, race, etc) and how this can be supported. I am also currently involved in research concerning University students’ engagement with their course, including how ideas are understood and incorporated into wider understanding and how bilingual teaching affects their experiences of university life.