I am a Senior Lecturer and the ATHENA SWAN Champion of the Psychology Department. I am also the Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Interaction Development and Diversity.
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.
I am interested in early caregiver-child interactions with a particular interest in pre-verbal communication, language development, and language socialisation. I am also interested in talk-in-interaction and non-verbal communication. I am currently planning research on individual and cultural variability in learning and development.
I teach on our undergraduate BSc Psychology. I coordinate the Level 6 module Language and Communication, and teach Qualitative Research Methods in the Level 5 module Psychological Research Methods. I am a tutor for Level 4 and 5 students and I also supervise PhD students, Masters students and undergraduate project students.