Kirstie Hartwell

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Overview

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Senior Tutor in Educational Psychology, currently working on a project that aims to adapt the Parents and Children Together (PACT) early language teaching programme specifically for parents and young children with Down syndrome: PACT-DS.

Prior to my current roles, I completed a BSc Speech and Language Therapy degree at the University, then joined the Child Study Centre as a Psychology PhD researcher.

Research interests

My research interests focus on how young children's socio-cognitive skills, language, and communication unfolds during both typical and atypical development- and how children's learning and development can be supported through intervention.

My PhD research investigated the development of young children’s (aged 2-5) verbal and non-verbal reasoning (via the use of gestures), joint decision-making, and cooperative argumentation.

Teaching

2022/2023:

  • EDUC13042 Exploring psychology in the classroom
  • EDUC33000 Major Project (Educational Psychology)
  • EDUC33050 Intervention in Schools
  • EDUC60742 Cognition and Education
  • EDUC60771 Research Principles and Practice
  • EDUC70121 Psychological Perspectives in Child Development

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Human Cognition: A developmental account of human reasoning skills, The University of Manchester

Sep 2018Dec 2022

Award Date: 1 Dec 2022

Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy, The University of Manchester

Sep 2014Sep 2018

Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) English Literary Studies and Journalism, University of Worcester

10 Sep 200830 Jun 2011

Keywords

  • developmental psychology
  • cognitive development
  • social development
  • reasoning
  • developmental disorders
  • language development
  • language intervention
  • non-verbal communication
  • speech and language therapy

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