I am a quantitative cognitive scientist developing data science and computational linguistic methods for the study of human language and related behaviours.
Fluent language use requires speakers to form contextually-appropriate habits and routines. Computational methods allow us to identify these behavioural patterns, and the balance between habitual and intentional control, across the life-span - from the emergence of productive speech in the first 3 years, to the disordered deployment of acquired habits seen in conditions such as Parkinson's disease and dementia.
My PhD, from the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, was focused on computer natural language processing. I then worked on human language acquisition as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Before coming to Liverpool I spent five years as an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.
I am departmental lead for postgraduate research.