I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Advanced Research in Experimental and Applied Linguistics (ARiEAL) at McMaster Univeristy. My current research investigates the development of literacy in ESL students. I collect longitudinal data, including eye movements during reading, standardized cognitive-linguistic assessments, large-scale experimental psycholinguistic studies and measures of academic attainment.
PhD in Cognitive Science of Language, 2016
McMaster University, Canada
MSc in Developmental Linguistics, 2011
University of Edinburgh, UK
BA in English Language and Linguistics, 2010
York St. John University, UK
I am currently investigating factors that predict the development of reading proficiency in EFL students enrolled in a pre-university English language bridging program. This work is carried out with Dr. Anna Moro and uses eye-tracking technology, clinical assessments of language skills, and statistical modelling to gain insight into reading development. The results of this research is used to develop interventions aimed at developing language skills that are responsible for breakdowns in reading behavior.
I have taught the following university-level courses at Mcmaster University:
(2017, 2019, 2020). An introductory course to statistical methods custom-tailored to the needs of language researchers. This course provides an introduction to R, a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
(2018).This course studies computational tools and techniques of language processing using large electronic collections of texts. Students are trained in basic text-processing, statistical and programming skills using R.
(2017). This course offers senior undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a learning-centred leadership program, involving peer-to-peer mentoring of students in the MELD program. The course provides up-front and on-going training and development in active leadership and mentorship.