I first studied psychology at Durham University, where I completed a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Before starting my PhD, I worked as a research associate at Durham University, and then went on to complete a PhD in Psychology at the University of Kent. After working as a post-doctoral researcher, I joined Stirling in April 2016.
Currently I am the MSc coordinator for the MSc in Autism Research and MSc in Child Development.
My research interests focus on cognitive and developmental psychology. I am particularly interested in understanding the nature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and what we can learn about typical development through the study of developmental disorders. My research has focused on exploring metacognition (awareness of own mental states and cognitive activity) and mindreading (awareness of others’ mental states and cognitive activity), and the relation between both processes, in ASD and typical development. I am also interested in studying alexithymia, interoception, episodic memory, and lie detection abilities in typical and atypical populations. I am always happy to talk about research ideas and to meet with potential students. Please feel free to email me or come by my office during my office hours. I also welcome students interested in applying for a PhD within any of my research areas.