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As a lecturer in Aston’s Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL), my current research uses language analysis to shed light on issues that emerge at the intersection between Law and psychiatry; domains which primarily pursue different social purposes through profoundly different constructs and methodologies, and yet must interact with one another across myriad legal proceedings. My work explores a broad range of linguistic data including expert psychiatric reports submitted as evidence during murder trials, police interviews with people experiencing serious mental illness, and bodycam footage from secure mental health wards.

Prior to working in a forensic context, I held research fellowships on interdisciplinary mental health research projects. I have used insights from pragmatics and non-literal language use to better understand psychotic symptoms, and have used a variety of methods, from conversation analysis to eye-tracking, to investigate a variety of phenomena, including patient/therapist interactions and metaphor comprehension in psychosis. 


2013 - University College London - PhD in Linguistics

2009 - University College London - MRes Speech, Language and Cognition

2007 - University College London - BA Linguistics (1st class with honours)


*February 2022 - Present, Aston University

Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics

*September 2021 - January 2022, University of the West of England

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

*November 2019 - September 2021, Aston University

Research Fellow, Institute for Forensic Linguistics

*October 2016 – October 2019, Durham University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, “Hearing the Voice”

*March 2014 - October 2016, Durham University

Postdoctoral Research Associate, “Language and Mental Health”

 *August 2013 - March 2014, University College London

Teaching Fellow in Linguistics

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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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