A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Click here to view my CV and materials from my workshops and talks.

I am a scientist who is passionate about improving the way we do and value research. To this end, I have my fingers in many pies along the research pipeline!

I am a consultant Research Scientist for the Center for Open Science and a Community Manager for the Journal Editors Discussion Interface (JEDI). As well as this, I continue to work on my ongoing research projects in [predominantly] developmental psychology, and to train researchers at all career stages in open and reproducible science. I have coauthored a paper on how to get started in open science as a graduate student (you can read it or listen to my talk about it (46 mins)) and a guide on open research across disciplines (you can read it here).

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OPEN SCIENCE

My own research includes pre-registration, Registered Reports, replication studies, open data and materials, reproducible analyses in R, and Bayes Factor Analysis of null results. See my OSF page here​. I run workshops on open science in person and online, and all materials from my previous workshops are openly available

As well as grassroots change led often by early career researchers, it is also important to create top-down incentives for engaging in open practices. As one contribution towards this, my work at JEDI aims to help editors be equipped with the knowledge of why and how to change policies and practices at their journals, hopefully resulting in open science being increasingly rewarded and/or required in the publishing system.

Diversity is essential to good science -- I strive to increase access to and participation in science, for example through Nowhere Lab (see below).

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MY RESEARCH

For a full list of my publications, see my CV.

INFANT COMMUNICATION UNDERSTANDING

My PhD was in infant social cognition -- specifically, whether and how infants come to understand that they're being communicated to. See my thesis for an overview, or each of the three papers I published: [1], [2], [3]. You can also watch a recording of a talk I did on my PhD work (45 mins), or read one of my blogs on this work [2], [3].

SPATIAL AND MATHS SKILLS IN CHILDREN

I did a postdoc looking at the relationship between Lego construction ability and children's spatial and mathematical skills. The project is ongoing, see our project webpage for more details. We currently have one paper accepted as a Stage 1 Registered Report, and one more in prep. You can also listen to a podcast episode where I talk about the project (17 mins).

OPEN SCIENCE AND METASCIENCE

I am involved in several research projects related to open science and metascience, all of which are still ongoing. One of these is the SCORE project (Systematising Confidence in Open Research and Evidence); you can read our white paper for an introduction to what we're working on.

 

UPDATES

What have I been up to?

JULY 2022

I was interviewed (with Nowhere Lab member Ene Ayegba) for the ReproducibiliTea podcast about Nowhere Lab. Listen to the episode.

I did a talk on replications for the Society for Text and Discourse's open science roundtable. Watch the talk.

JUNE 2022


Clare Conry-Murray and I have submitted a paper to Perspectives on Psychological Science on the role of values in psychological science. Check out the preprint and give us feedback.

I ran a hackathon at SIPS 2022, creating a guide for journal editors on easing into open science policies and practices at their journals.

I was a panellist for the launch of The Norwegian Reproducibility Network, talking about the challenges and opportunities of open science for ECRs with Lewend Mayiwar.

I did a talk at IASSIST 2022 on building and fostering community in the Journal Editors Discussion Interface. Check out the slides here.

MAY 2022

The paper including work I conducted during my MSc (in 2015!!) was accepted for publication in Cognitive Neuroscience. Read the paper here (open access preprint here).


For more, please see my CV.

 
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NOWHERE LAB

I run weekly lab meetings for people who don't have a lab! My lab is called Nowhere Lab and anyone from any field is welcome to join who doesn't have a lab but would like the lab meeting experience.

Target audience includes but is absolutely not limited to: new faculty who have no one in their lab yet, ex-academics who now work in industry, freelance sci-commers/consultants, people who are in a toxic lab, people between jobs, & keen undergrads.

To join, just email me (see email address at top of page) or DM us on twitter.

The name "Nowhere Lab" is inspired by the Beatles song "Nowhere Man" about Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD.