Durham University (1998-2001; 2001-2005); Downham Market 6th Form (1996-1998); Methwold High School (1991-1996)
PhD in Psychology; BSc (First Class Hons.) Applied Psychology
Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Northumbria University, 2009-2011); Postdoctoral Fellow (University of York, 2006-2009); Lecturer in Psychology (Leeds Met, 2005-2006)
Senior Investigator Scientist (MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, 2011-current)
Medical Research Council, Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit
What topics do you work on?
Working memory and cognitive training
What methods do you use?
Behavioural and cognitive
Who was your favourite teacher?
Mr Taylor, my A-level English teacher
Me and my work
I am a cognitive developmental psychologist interested in understanding the processes important for learning. I focus on understanding the causes and consequences of working memory problems in the classroom and on developing targeted interventions. In my recent work I have been evaluating the benefits of “brain training” for improving working memory and associated learning difficulties.
Most of my work is office-based, but I often travel to present my research findings to both academic and practitioner audiences in the UK and abroad. In the office, I spend a lot of time analyzing research data and writing articles for publication in academic journals and specialist practitioner magazines.