I am a Lecturer in Psychology at Birmingham City University. I currently lead an optional level 6 module on language & communication, and contribute to a core level 5 module on cognitive psychology, as well as supervising UG and PG dissertations.
My primary research interest is in the origins of cognitive abilities, which I investigate from developmental and comparative perspectives. I have studied the cognition of a range of populations, including human adults, children, non-human apes, capuchin monkeys, and dogs.
Prior to joining BCU in 2019, I held three postdoctoral positions: one at Cardiff University (2017-2019), on a Leverhulme-funded project investigating the relationship between time and causality in cognitive development; one at the University of Toronto (2014-2017) where I researched physical-causal reasoning in dogs and toddlers; and one at the University of St Andrews, on an ESRC-funded project investigating the origins of causal and social reasoning (2013-2014). I obtained my PhD from University of Birmingham in 2014, where I studied the basic planning abilities of great apes and children.