Dr Alessandra Valentini
Academic and research departmentsSchool of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology research group, Development, Education, Learning and Outreach in Psychology (DevELOP) Research Group.
I completed my undergraduate and master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Milano-Bicocca (2012). I graduated from a PhD in Psychology at the University of Reading in 2018 with a thesis exploring word learning in school-aged children. I worked as a Teaching Fellow in Developmental Psychology at the University of Reading in the academic year 2016-2017. Between 2017 and 2021 I have held a position as Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Reading under the supervision of Professor Ludovica Serratrice on a project exploring the role of cognitive and language abilities in predicting listening and reading comprehension in bilingual children, as well as the longitudinal relationship between different language skills in this population. I joined the University of Surrey in August 2021 as a Teaching Fellow in Psychology where my main role is to lead the Thought and Language module.
My research spans language development, reading, bilingualism and cognitive development. I am particularly interested in the effect of presentation modality on language comprehension and language acquisition (particularly vocabulary acquisition), and the relationship between cognitive, language and reading skills, in both monolingual and bilingual populations.
My PhD research explored vocabulary acquisition from reading and listening to stories in school-aged children, supervised by Professor Carmel Houston-Price, Dr. Jessie Ricketts and Dr. Rachel Pye. During my postdoc with Professor Ludovica Serratrice I conducted a longitudinal research on the relationship between cognitive and language abilities in bilingual children, specifically exploring predictors of listening and reading comprehension and the longitudinal relationship between vocabulary and grammar.
PSY3081 Thought and Language (module convenor)