Meet the team.
Alexandra is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, the Director of the Surrey Baby Lab and the lead for the School of Psychology’s DevELOP (Development, Education, Learning, and Outreach in Psychology) research group. She started her career as an academic in 2010 and loves her job. She enjoys teaching and supporting students and conducting fascinating research. Her main research focus is language, which is a fundamental part of what makes us human. She is particularly interested in whether the language we speak shapes the way we think about and understand our world. The work that we do at the Surrey Baby Lab explores this idea by investigating how babies interact with their environment before they have language, the impact of language learning during childhood, and the implications of speaking different languages across the lifespan.
Cerys is an undergraduate psychology student from the University of Surrey. For her placement year, she is taking on the role of Research Assistant at the Surrey Baby Lab. During this year she would like to expand her knowledge of the cognitive and developmental areas of psychological research, and in particular, the perception of gender and pronouns. She is looking forward to doing this through participation in various aspects of the research process across multiple studies.
Catarina is a Psychology BSc (Hons) student at the University of Surrey. This year for her placement, she will work as a Research Assistant at the Surrey Baby Lab. During this time, she hopes to gain practical experience in developing experiments and collecting data in the developmental and cognitive research areas. She is particularly keen on understanding how language contributes to gender and stereotypes.
Mafalda is a postgraduate research and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Surrey. She completed her Psychology BSc (Hons) at the University of Kent, and her MSc in Developmental Psychology at the University of Surrey. She is a member of DevELOP and SEER research groups, as well as the new Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Equality Research Group (PIER). Her PhD aims to gain insight into how individuals, specifically children, interpret and understand the pronoun “they” and whether this may have an impact on gender-stereotypes in education.