I studied language and communication as an undergraduate and then spent six years overseas (in Spain, Poland, Indonesia, and Hong Kong) working as an English Language teacher. I returned to my studies in 1999 as a postgraduate student at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). My PhD, which was on the role of caregiver speech on language development, was conducted in School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester/Max Planck Institute, Leipzig. I have been a lecturer since 2003 and have worked in the disciplines of Linguistics and Psychology. I was awarded Chartered Psychologist status (CPsychol.) from the British Psychological Society in 2010.
I am a researcher member of The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (http://www.lucid.ac.uk) and a researcher on a large ESRC grant awarded to C. Rowland (PI) D. Matthews, J. Billington, R. Levy, T Cameron-Faulkner, A. Hesketh, C. Davies (co-PIs), (2015-2018) entitled How to promote children's language development using family-based shared book reading. I am also leading an ESRC Knowledge Exchange project on the creation and implementation of a new ESOL programme for low-income mothers (http://www.lucid.ac.uk/steppingstones).