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PhD projects

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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Research Output

An Ear for Language: Sensitivity to fast Amplitude Rise Times predicts novel vocabulary learning

Marecka, M., Fosker, T., Szewczyk, J., Kałamała, P. & Wodniecka, Z., 10 Jun 2020, In : Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

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  • 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


    William Jones Williams Open Entrance Scholarship

    Fosker, Tim (Recipient), 1998

    Prize: Other distinction


    An investigation into hemispheric lateralisation of different acoustic rates and its relationship with language ability during infancy

    Author: Mckelvey, R., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Fosker, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy