I am a Research Associate on the Language 0-5 Project, part of the ESRC-funded International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD). In this project, we're following 80 children from 6 months to 4 and a half years, looking at various aspects of their language development. We are interested in individual differences between children's development, what influences these and how we might be able to help children in the future to avoid falling behind their peers. My particular areas of interest include prelinguistic communication (babble and gestures), symbolic play and phonological development.
My PhD research looked at children's grammatical development. Specifically, I am interested in how children learn to stop making grammatical errors in their speech. See my article in the University's 'Becoming an Expert' series for more information.
I am a member of the Athena SWAN SAT for the Insitute of Psychology, Health and Society. As part of my work on this, I have developed a popular career coaching scheme for contract researchers, in collaboration with Tracy Ellis in The Academy.