Dr Anna Weighall

Reader in Education, Director of MSc Psychology and Education - DPhil Psychology, University of York; BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of York

Dr Weighall is a cognitive developmental psychologist researching the relationships between sleep, memory and learning, spoken language development and vocabulary acquisition in children and adults.

Anna's research interests are broadly concerned with sleep, memory, language learning and cognitive development in children and adults. She applies an experimental approach to understanding factors that contribute to memory and learning, especially vocabulary learning in adults, children and those who speak English as an additional language (EAL). In addition, Anna is interested in the application of implementation science and behaviour change techniques to interventions to improve educational outcomes,. She is interested in the link between physical health and cognitive performance and the extent to which the extent to which interventions to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing may also improve cognitive and educational outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Within the School of Education Anna's work spans the Centre for Early Childhood Education and the Centre for the Study of Literacies. She is an executive committee member of the British Sleep Society; The European Society for Cognitive Psychology and the Experimental Psychology Society, and a member of the European Society for Sleep Research. She regularly reviews for the ESRC, HTA and NIHR funding bodies, and a number of academic journals and is a steering group member of the Language and Communication Workstream for the Better Start Bradford project.

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