Corpus Christi College Oxford

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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Speech and Brain Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford, and a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus. Before I moved to Oxford, I was based at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. I completed my PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in London at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck. My undergraduate degree is in speech and language therapy and I completed my clinical training in India.

Research interests

About 6-7% of children worldwide grow up experiencing unexplained difficulty in learning to use their first language. Their problems cannot be explained by a lack of opportunity, intellectual, visual or hearing impairment, or social deprivation. These difficulties in using and understanding language result in under achievement in education, low self-esteem and reduced employment opportunities. We know very little about the biological origins of developmental language disorders, especially compared to other neuro-developmental disorders like ADHD and autism. My research aims to identify brain changes that underlie childhood speech and language disorders and use this knowledge to improve existing clinical tools.

I am also interested in research questions that relate to this goal, such as how brain circuits for speech/language change over childhood, what factors explain individual differences in speech/language performance, how speech and language learning can be improved, and what neural changes occur as a function of learning and training in the auditory-motor domain. To answer these research questions, I usually try and get people to go in large MRI scanners. Populations I have worked with include young children, those with speech and language difficulties, and musicians. Here are some examples of what being scanned looks like:


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