I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Ian Apperly and Sotaro Kita.  I then spent 2 years at the Central European University as a postdoc working with Natalie Sebanz and then 18 months at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, working with Malinda Carpenter, Josep Call and Mike Tomasello.  I joined the department at Portsmouth as a lecturer in January 2018.

Research Interests

My research focuses on pre-school development of social cognitive skills and specifically the occurrence of interference between representations of Self and Other in interactive and observation contexts.  Often when we are working in close proximity or in collaboration, we experience interference from our partner's thoughts, feelings and perspectives on a given task.  I am interested in how this develops in children in both typical and atypical development, and also how this differs from the social cognitive skills of our closest relatives, the great apes. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Social and Developmental Psychology, Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology, Health Research Methods, Measurement and Analysis, Research-based learning.

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