I am a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Interaction Development and Diversity. I am also the Department Equity Diversity and Inclusion Lead.

I joined Portsmouth University in 2016. Before that I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Paderborn and Bielefeld University in Germany, and was working on a project on early games, social routines and infant’s developing participation as well as a project on early language development. My interest in language as social coordination led me to my PhD project which I completed in Bielefeld, Germany in 2014 on the interactional foundations of language development. Before that I studied Languages and Linguistics at the Ionian University, Greece and worked as a translator.

Research interests

I am interested in early caregiver-child interactions with a particular interest in pre-verbal communication, language development, and language socialisation. I am particulartly interested in the diverse pathways towards language and therefore also conduct research on individual and cultural variability in learning and development.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on our undergraduate BSc Psychology. I coordinate the Level 6 module Language and Communication. In the past I have also taught Qualitative Research Methods in the Level 5 module Psychological Research Methods. I am a tutor for Level 4 & 5 students and I also supervise PhD students, Masters students and undergraduate project students.