Katrina d’Apice – PhD student

Katrina isa research fellow at the University of York and the Better Start Bradford Innovation Hub. Her research focuses on evaluating language interventions for disadvantages families with children aged 0 to 3 years.

Katrine passed her PhD viva in November 2019 and aims to submit her corrections in early 2020. Her doctoral research at the Hungry Mind Lab explores how home environments influence children’s language, cognitive and behavioural development. She uses a novel digital language technology, LENA, to observe real-life family interactions and investigate how adult language, literacy and parenting inform children’s development. Katrina has presented her research at both national and international conferences.

Prior to starting her PhD, Katrina completed a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (2014), which focused on cognitive control mechanisms for accessing semantic memory. Katrina also holds a BSc in Human Biology and PGCE, having worked as a science teacher in state secondary schools for several years (2006 – 2013).