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Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology  
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


I completed my PhD in 2013 at University of Leuven (Belgium) where I studied perceptual organisation with psychophysical and neuropsychological methods. I then moved to Newcastle University (UK). Under the lead of Prof Jenny Read, I developed and validated ASTEROID, a 3D vision test for children with lazy eye that works on a tablet. In 2018, I started my independent Stroke Association Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Oxford (UK). Since October 2021, I am an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at Durham University supported by an NIHR Advanced Fellowship.

Patient and public involvement

Stroke survivors, children with visual perception difficulties and volunteers without any brain injury all take part in our research. Some take part as research participants and solve mental puzzles on paper or online, or complete a survey. Others get involved as advisors to the research team on matters like how to improve the experience for research participants, what to prioritise in research and how to communicate research findings with the general public. Our team also gets out to share our knowledge about the brain with the public. We give lectures and workshops for children and adults. To learn more and get involved, check out:


We research difficulties with visual perception after a brain injury. Visual perception refers to how the brain processes information coming from the eyes. Most of our research is with stroke survivors and children with Cerebral Visual Impairment. My research aims to better understand visual perception difficulties that people can experience after brain injury. I work closely with patients and clinicians to learn about their experiences and needs. With that knowledge I develop assessments and interventions to improve patients’ lives.


I love teaching all things vision and brain to students and professionals, whether that is a large group of undergraduate students or a workshop for 15-30 professionals. I have been the day-to-day supervisor of over 30 undergraduate and postgraduate project students, interns and research assistants. I very much enjoy seeing them grow and discover their own research interest and passion. Every student has different career aspirations. I aim to create development opportunities and learning experiences that match those personal goals. Get in touch if you are interested in joining the team.

Research interests

  • Assessment and rehabilitation of visual perception difficulties after a stroke
  • Understanding visual perception difficulties in children with Cerebral Visual Impairment, how we can improve diagnosis, and how to support childrens' development and learning
  • Mid-level visual perception or perceptual organisation
  • Automated assessments and game-based therapy for vision problems

Esteem Indicators

  • 2019: Postdoctoral Fellowship at Christ Church:
  • 2017: Best Abstract Award at British Isles Paediatric, Ophthalmology & Strabismus Association (BIPOSA):
  • 2017: Best Oral Presentation at Child Vision Research Society:
  • 2016: Best Abstract Award for involving children in research by Young People’s Advisory Group North England:
  • 2016: Finalist at North of England Ophthalmological Society video competition:
  • 2016: First prize at NHS Hack Day for innovative digital health application:
  • 2015: Runner-up Bright Ideas in Health Awards for Patient and Public Involvement:

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Disability issues: How vision problems can affect day to day life, such as difficulties recognising people, reading, navigating, using technology, getting around, busy and crowded places, etc.
  • Medical and health research topics: Virion problems after a brain injury such as difficulties with reading, recognising objects or faces, attention, and with getting around. What are the best way to assess and diagnose these problems and what can be done to help people with such issues.
  • Memory and brain function: How the brain interprets information that comes from the eyes and what can go wrong.
  • Perception / attractiveness: How the brain interprets information that comes from the eyes and what can go wrong.
  • Vision / eye movement: How the brain interprets information that comes from the eyes and what can go wrong.
  • Neuroscience: How our brain processes information coming from the eyes, neuropsychology


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