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PhD projects

Open to PhD applications in the areas of developmental psychology, educational psychology, psycholinguistics or developmental cognitive neuroscience with a special interest 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
• Methods for investigating classroom communication


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Personal profile


Tim is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist and developmental psychologist who is broadly interested in the development of speech, language and literacy. His recent work has focused on the auditory precursors to speech processing and the impact that these have on later literacy development and vocabulary learning. He works with both typically and atypically developing populations of children, using classroom observation, cognitive, psychometric, psychoacoustic, and cognitive neuroscience (predominantly EEG) methods. Before coming to Queen’s, Tim completed his PhD examining neural markers of developmental dyslexia under the supervision of Professor Guillaume Thierry (Bangor University) followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship investigating auditory processing deficits in children with developmental dyslexia under the direction of Professor Usha Goswami FBA FRS (University of Cambridge).

Tim is director of the Language, Learning and Literacy Lab at Queen’s (L3Lab@QUB) which houses a developmental EEG laboratory and audiometric testing facilities and is supported by a team composed of Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Psychology Researchers.

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

Research Focus

  • Auditory Foundations of Speech and Language Development
  • Causes of Language and Literacy Difficulties
  • Classroom Communication


Tim teaches aspects of Developmental Psychology at both undergraduate (BSc Psychology) and postgraduate levels (MSc in Childhood Adversity, MSc Psychological Science, Conversion).
Tim is an Advisor of Studies, Personal Tutor and Disability Advisor for the School of Psychology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • BF Psychology
  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Classroom Communication


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