I am lecturer in cognitive psychology. Before joining Swansea University, I held positions at Southampton Solent and Sheffield Hallam. The primary focus of my research is on reading aloud and word recognition, though I also author papers in the field of cognitive neuropsychology more broadly.

Areas of Expertise

  • Reading
  • Word Recognition
  • Acquired language disorders

Publications

  1. & How to get by with half a loop – An investigation of visual and auditory codes in a case of impaired phonological short-term memory (pSTM). Cortex
  2. & Examining theories of cognitive ageing using the false memory paradigm. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 71(4), 931-939.
  3. & Reading and visual word recognition ability in semantic dementia is not predicted by semantic performance. Neuropsychologia 111, 292-306.
  4. & Are Word Association Responses Really the First Words that Come to Mind?. Applied Linguistics, amw015
  5. & Strategic effects on pseudohomophone reading in phonological dyslexics with and without phonological impairment. Journal of Neurolinguistics 35, 39-54.

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Teaching

  • PSY237 Research and Experimental Methods I

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project. Students will be introduced to using the statistical software package SPPS for quantitative analysis and students will learn how to design mini-projects, apply appropriate statistical tests, and interpret and present data. Students will also be introduced to qualitative research methods. The module also covers research ethics, the nature of good experimental design, how to control for confounding factors and the need for replicability and reliability in scientific research.

  • PSY238 Research and Experimental Methods II

    This module is designed to further develop quantitative and qualitative methods and statistics for psychologists to prepare students for their final year independent research project and follows directly from Research and Experimental Methods I. Students will study advanced multivariate techniques and deal with complex experimental designs. Students will also explore qualitative research methods.

  • PSY316 Cognition and Education

    This module will examine the way that cognitive psychological theory has been (or perhaps, should be) applied to teaching and assessing students in schools and universities. In this module students will be reminded of important cognitive models of memory (e.g. working memory), attention, and reading. In addition, students will be introduced to theories concerning teaching best practice. The key question to be addressed over the module is whether the cognitive mechanisms of learning are effectively matched with the principles held to be best practice in teaching ¿ if not, where are we going wrong, and how could cognitive psychology help us to help our learners?

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Steven Morris
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeremy Tree

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Year 3 Psychology - Swansea University

    2018 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2012 2013 Lecturer in Psychology Southampton Solent University
2013 2018 (Senior) Lecturer in Psychology Sheffield Hallam University