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2016- present  Aston University, Birmingham, UK - Reader, Psychology

2001-2016       Aston University, Birmingham, UK - Senior Lecturer, Psychology

1994-2001       University of Birmingham, UK - Lecturer, Psychology

1992-1994       University of Birmingham, UK  - Research Fellow

1990-1992       Rice University, Houston, Texas - Research Associate

1985-1990       The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland - Teaching Assistant


  • BA/MA University of Rome
  • Ph.D., the Johs Hopkins University
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy 2015-

Research Interests

My main interests are in investigating cognitive and linguistic functions in different populations with the goal to reach a better understanding of normal cognition, but also to achieve a better clinical management of individuals who experience cognitive impairments for a variety of reasons (aging, developmental impairments, stroke, metabolic diseases etc.My current research has three main strands: a) research on acquired language impairments (aphasia); b) research on reading and spelling and developmental dyslexia; and c) applied neuropsychological research(e.g., tracking cognitive outcomes in metabolic diseases).  These different areas are strongly interrelated in their theoretical and clinical implications.  I strongly value a theoretical, interdisciplinary approach between neuropsychology, linguistics, and cognitive science.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of ESPKU (European Society for Phenylketonuria) board for revision of clinical guidelines
  • Member of the Experimental Psychological Society (EPS)  1996 -
  • Associate fellow and chartered member of the British Psychological Society  (BPS) 1998-
  • Member of Academy of Aphasia 1994 (but with gaps)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2015-

Professional/editorial offices

Associate Editor for the journal Cognitive Neuropsychology

Teaching Activity

 Masters program teaching

  • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Research Dissertation in Cognitive Neuroscience

Third year teaching

  • Understanding Language Impairments 

Second year teaching

  • Language and Communication 
  • Cognitive Psychology 

First year teaching

  • Approaches to Psychology; first year tutorials

Funding Applications and Awards

  • Project grant - Assessing rehabilitation outcomes in aphasia.  PI Gaspare Galati awarded to University of Rome la Sapienza about £50000.
  • Project grant- Cognitive outcomes in phenylketonuria and associations with Phe levels: Tracking progression across the life span.  Nutricia: £10000; Vitaflo: £6000; NSPKU: £ 10000.
  • Postgraduate fellowship/studentshipOctober 2016-October 2017Comparingneuropsychological function/cognitive outcomes between UK children with phenylketonuria and Ugandan children with iron deficiency.  Commonwealth Fellowship; Principal supervisor: CR.  about £35000
  • Postgraduate fellowship/studentship2013-2017. Using tDCS to optimize performance and reduce cognitive interference in language tasks.  DTCLNational UK PhD Application (as part of the Ministry of defence). PI: CR;  £106,533.   
  • Postgraduate fellowship/studentship2013-2016.tDCS effects on under- and over-activation in aphasiafunded by Aston Center for Healthy Aging (ARCHA)  and the University of Romein co-tutelle; about 35,000£from each institutions.  PI: CR. 
  • Project grant2013-2016.  Early treated patients with PKU:  Exploring the association between measures of metabolic control, cognitive performance and neurological healthMarie Curie European Fellowships.  PI: CR. £221,606.
  • Project grant2013.  Improving diagnosis in aphasia:  Complexity effects in error analyses and neuroimaging correlates. Funded by Institute for research and clinical care IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia,Rome.  PI: CR, Co-applicant: Prof. C. Guariglia, associate supervisor.  About £9,000.  
  • Project grant2012. Phenylketonuria: Study of treatment outcomes in early treated adult patientsPI:  Tarekegn Hiwot; Co-applicants: Cristina Romani, Chakrapani Anupam, Louise Robertson; MacDonald Anita; Jane Lodwig.  University Hospital Birmingham Charities; awarded to Aston£68,474.  

Research Projects/Collaborations

12.  Examples of collaborations with major research institutions in England and abroad.

  • Policlinico Umberto I, Romewith Prof Vincenzo Leuzzi investigating cognitive impairments and dietary effects in patients with Phenylketonuria. 
  • Santa Lucia Research Institute, Romewith Prof Gaspare Galati investigating semantic interference effects in aphasic patients.
  • The University of Rome, La Sapienza– with Prof .Pierluigi Zoccolotti– Investigating the underlying causes of dyslexia, cross-linguistically with equivalent or matched cognitive tasks. (see Marinelli et al., 2015 and Marinelli et al., submitted). 
  • Rice University Texas, USA– Dr. with Simon Fischer-Baum -  Both-edges representation of segment position in spoken word production.  Draft of paper in preparation available on request.  

Administrative Roles

  • Chair of the Psychology Ethics committee 2009-present (member from 2003)
  • Lead of Aging Mind Cluster of  ARCHA --Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing 2014-2018


Publication Summary

  • 59 publicationsoverall; 41 in top refereed journals with high impact factors;
  • In 23, I was the first author; In the great majority of the rest I am the senior author;
  • 4656citations according to Google Scholar (updated 30-1-18); with1154citations since 2013;
  • An h-index= 25-19,an i10-index=39-25indicating a high number of citations for the number of papers; 
  • Over 100 research presentations to conferences, research institutions and clinical societies.

Contact Details

telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4081

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Johns Hopkins University



  • BF Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • neuropsychology
  • aphasiology
  • Language rehabilitation
  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • psycholinguistics


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