Joanna is a PhD student and Research Assistant in the Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences. After graduating from Northumbria University in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology she joined the department as a research assistant and is now investigating memory function in older adults with Williams syndrome for her doctorate. The specific areas of interest for her thesis are semantic memory deficits and atypical inhibitory control processes in this group, incorporating behavioural and EEG / ERP methodology.
Joanna’s research activity within the department has spanned a diverse range of projects, including investigation of the effect of multi-vitamins and Omega-3 on cognitive functioning in children, gluco-regulation and mind-wandering, and motor imagery ability in older adults. She has three years clinical experience working with stroke patients investigating action / motion comprehension. Joanna also has a teaching background having worked as a part-time lecturer on many of the first and second year modules of the undergraduate programme in the department.