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Open to PhD applications in: the measurement of auditory perception in young children, early precursors to the development of language or literacy, trajectories of neural development for speech and language processing in infancy and early childhood.

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Personal profile


Tim completed a PhD examining neural markers of developmental dyslexia under the supervision of Professor Guillaume Thierry at the University of Wales, Bangor (now Bangor University) in 2006. In 2005, Tim moved to the University of Cambridge to investigate auditory processing deficits in children with developmental dyslexia using behavioural and neural measures, under the direction of Professor Usha Goswami. Tim joined the lecturing staff at QUB in September 2009.

Tim is a chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Research Interests

Tim's research interests are broadly in the development of speech and language. His recent work has focused on the auditory precursors to speech processing and the impact that these have on later literacy development. He works with both typically and atypically developing populations of children.


Tim teaches developmental psychology and aspects of cognition and language at both undergraduate (BSc Psychology) and postgraduate levels (MSc in Childhood Adversity).
Tim is an advisor of studies, personal tutor and disability advisor for the School of Psychology.

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Projects 2010 2010

Research Output 2002 2019

Auditory Threshold
Preschool Children
Task Performance and Analysis

Some words are just hard to learn: ERP research shows shallower semantic encoding for non-native than for native words

Marecka, M., McDonald, A., Madden, G. & Fosker, T., 26 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

An ear for language: basic auditory skills are linked to more efficient novel word learning

Marecka, M., Fosker, T., Szewczyk1, J., Kałamała, P. & Wodniecka, Z., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Perception of Filtered Speech by Children with Developmental Dyslexia and Children with Specific Language Impairments

Goswami, U., Cumming, R., Chait, M., Huss, M., Mead, N., Wilson, A. M., Barnes, L. & Fosker, T., 30 May 2016, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 16 p., 791.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Speech Perception
Language Development Disorders


William Jones Williams Open Entrance Scholarship

Tim Fosker (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Other distinction