Senior Lecturer & Director of Teaching and Learning
BA(Hons) Tas, DPhil Oxon
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I joined the Division of Psychology as a lecturer in July 2005, after post-doctoral research in Vancouver (Canada) on the early detection of language delay in at-risk children, and in Manchester (UK) on children's early understanding of grammatical categories. My DPhil was at the University of Oxford, and focused on school children's spelling development. My broad research areas are in developmental psychology and the psychology of language.
My teaching focuses on child development and the psychology of language, across the undergraduate program.
My research interests centre on the acquisition, development, and use of spoken and written language, from infancy to adulthood. Current interests include literacy (especially spelling development and the use of spelling strategies), grammatical understanding, the use of mobile-phone style texting language (c u l8r), and the use of Australian diminutive word forms (such as arvo and footy).
Authorised by the Associate Head, Psychology
5 February, 2014