BA (Hons), DPhil
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After an undergraduate degree at the University of Tasmania, Dr Kemp completed her doctorate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford (UK), on children's spelling development. She worked as a post-doc at the Max Planck Child Study Centre at the University of Manchester, and then at the Infant Studies Centre at the University of British Columbia (Canada), studying the antecedents and development of language in toddlers and infants. In 2005, she returned to the University of Tasmania to take up a lectureship in Psychology. Currently a senior lecturer, she has a balanced academic role, with a focus on both research and teaching.
Dr Kemp aims to give lectures and to design prac classes that motivate students to become actively engaged in learning about the course content. She believes enthusiastic teaching can help to spark students' interest in new topics. Dr Kemp co-ordinates and teaches two 3rd year units; Lifespan Developmental Psychology (KHA302) and Psychology of Language (KHA331). As well as these units, Dr Kemp teaches a series of lectures in 1st year units Psychology A,B,C,D (KHA111/112/113/114), as well as at the honours level in Advanced Topics in Psychology (KHA454).
As co-ordinator of the Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Behavioural Science degrees, Dr Kemp provides course advice to students from their 1st to their 4th year of undergraduate studies.
Dr Kemp's research interests focus on the acquisition, development, and use of spoken and written language, from infancy to adulthood, as well as interest in children's general cognitive development.
Current projects include the language of digital communication and links with literacy (in collaboration with Clare Wood at Coventry University, and Rachel Grieve at the University of Tasmania), spelling development and strategies in children and adults (in collaboration with Becky Treiman and Brett Kessler at Washington University in St Louis, and Peter Bryant, University of Oxford), and the use and function of Australian diminutive word (in collaboration with Evan Kidd at the Australian National University).
Dr Kemp is also an associate editor for the Journal of Research in Reading and for Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, editorial board member of Scientific Studies of Reading, and an associate investigator at Macquarie University's ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.
Authorised by the Associate Head, Psychology
2 May, 2015