I have spent over 10 years working with individuals with autism in support, clinical, and research roles. My EPSRC-funded D.Phil project examined language processing in autistic children: specifically, the project considered whether differences in alignment - the tendency of speakers to imitate each other's use of language - could explain the difficulties some children with autism have with conversation. I am developing this research at Edinburgh University, where I am employed as a post doc on the ESRC-funded project 'Conversational alignment in children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition and typically developing children' (for details, see here: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=ES%2FN013115%2F1), awarded to Professor Holly Branigan.
D.Phil (2016), University of Sussex
MSc Experimental Psychology (2012), University of Sussex
MSt (MA) English Language and Literature (2010), University of Oxford
BA (Hons) English Literature (2007), University of Durham
Responsibilities & affiliations
British Psychological Society, 2011 -
My main interests are: autism; language development; language disorders; speech and language processing.
Children show selectively increased language imitation after experiencing ostracism
What makes a house a home? Mechanisms of lexical alignment in preschoolers' referential communication
What makes a house a home? Mechanisms of lexical alignment in preschoolers’ referential communication
Children show increased language imitation after priming with ostracism
Inhibitory control and lexical alignment in children with an autism spectrum disorder
Children with autism align syntax in natural conversation