Katrina d’Apice – PhD student

Katrina is currently in the third year of her PhD in Education at the University of York. Her doctoral research explores how home environments influence children’s language, cognitive and behavioural development. She uses 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.

Katrina is also interested in improving outcomes for disadvantaged children. She has previously tutored many children in foster care and worked with The Brilliant Club to increase access to universities for students from under-represented backgrounds.

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).