BiographyI am a cognitive developmental psychologist and my main area of research is young children’s metacognition (how they think about what they know). I am also interested in young children's thoughts and feelings about inanimate objects.
I worked in a variety of jobs before I began my BSc in Psychology as a part-time mature student with The Open University in 1999. I then became a full time doctoral student at the University of Birmingham in 2005. I joined the Division of Psychology at the University of Bradford as a lecturer in 2009.
ResearchI am broadly interested in young children’s understanding of knowledge states. My PhD research focused on 4- to 7-year-old children’s understanding of aspectuality (the acquisition of knowledge through perceptual actions). My other research interests include young children’s understanding of: Theory of Mind (how others’ thoughts and beliefs differ from one’s own); the categorisation of people and things; emotional beliefs and sentimental attachments to objects.
I am keen to supervise PhD students in any of the above research areas, and will also consider supervising doctoral research in related topics. Please contact me for an informal discussion in the first instance.