Zainab Alkhoee

HeadshotZainab Alkhoee is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Westminster and joined the university as a Visiting Lecturer in 2004. Prior to this, Alkhoee graduated from her first degree in Psychology in 2003 at the University of Westminster. She then went on to participate on a teaching course at Westminster Exchange and completed her PGCertHE in 2010.

Alkhoee has taught on a number of different psychology modules at the University of Westminster. These modules include, The Psychology of Education, The History and Philosophy of Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Advanced Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Advanced Developmental Psychology. Zainab is co-module leader for The Myth and Method in Psychology module that runs at the University of Westminster’s Liberal Arts Summer School, she co-wrote the Psychology of City Life module that also runs in the Summer School and is a lecturer on this module.

Alkhoee’s interests include the Psychology of Education, Social Psychology and Developmental Psychology. She has been involved in research in the psychology department, investigating first year psychology students learning experiences.

Credits to University of Westminster

Published: 11 November 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Kirsten Abbot-Smith

Kirsten Abbot-SmithKirsten Abbot-Smith is a lecturer in Developmental Psychology at University of Kent. Her research focus is on child language development, although she has also started to look at how this intersects with how children perceive events. Some recent questions Abbot-Smith has investigated are:

  • How do children work out which aspect of an event a particular word refers to?
  • Do Italian and German preschool children use the most valid cue or the most ‘salient’ cue to work out how their language tells the listener who is doing what?
  • Do bilingual 2½-year-olds lag behind their monolingual peers on scores for English? Does the difference remain once bilinguals’ scores are adjusted for percentage everyday exposure to English?
  • When during online sentence processing do young children revise their initial interpretation of a sentence?

She is currently involved in studies looking at:

  • Pragmatic language development (how children learn how to give sufficient information to the person they are talking to)
  • The development of language screening tests for preschool children

Her recent publications include:

  • Dittmar, M., Abbot-Smith, K., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2014). Familiar verbs are not always easier than novel verbs: how German pre-school children comprehend active and passive sentences. Cognitive Science, 38, 128-151. DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12066.
  • Abbot-Smith, K., Lieven, E.V.M., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Graded representations in the acquisition of English and German transitive constructions. Cognitive Development, 23, 48-66.
  • Dittmar, M., Abbot-Smith, K., Lieven, E.V.M., & Tomasello, M. (2008). German children’s comprehension of word order and case marking in causative sentences. Child Development, 79, 1152-1167.

Credits to University of Kent

Published: 03 October 2014

Last update: 22 April 2015


Shivani Sharma

Shivani SharmaShivani Sharma is a Psychologist with an interest in developmental, and Health Psychology. She graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2006 with a first class honours degree in Psychology, and was subsequently awarded a PhD studentship. She has held various posts since joining the University as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology in 2009, and is currently Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) in the School of Life and Medical Sciences. She is also a member of the National Centre for Universities and Business’s (NCUB) ’50 under 30’ network, and the National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Transplant Alliance (NBTA- research subcommittee).

Shei is involved in two distinct programmes of research, based in the areas of autism, and the psychological well-being of ethnic minorities with long-term health conditions.

Her range of specialisms include: Core Research Skills, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology and Personal Construct Psychology

Her publications include:

  • Exploring the use of Expressive Writing to reduce stress in parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Marrington, C., Sharma, S. & Troop, N. May 2014
  • Intra-individual variation in personality states in the HEXACO model. Churchyard, J., Sharma, S., Pine, K. & Fletcher, B. 2014 In : Journal of Individual Differences.
  • Same traits, different variance: Within subject variation in personality measures. Fletcher, B., Churchyard, J., Sharma, S. & Pine, K. 2014 In : Journal of Individual Differences.

Credits to University of Hertfordshire

Published: 22 September 2014

Last update: 27 February 2015


Toni Antonucci

Toni AntonucciToni Antonucci is a Professor of psychology and Senior Research Scientist at Institute for Social Research Life Course of University of Michigan. Her research focuses on social relations and health across the life span, including multigenerational studies of the family and comparative studies of social relations across the life span in the United States, Europe and Japan. Antoucci and her colleagues are currently collecting a second wave of data on the Social Relations and Health across the Life Span study. She holds a PhD from Wayne State University.

Her awards include:

  • Past-President of Adult Development and Ageing, Division 20 of American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Past-President of the Gerontological Society of America
  • 2001 Master Mentor Award from APA Division 20
  • President-Elect Society for the Study of Human Development
  • Council Member, International Association of Gerontology

Credits to University of Michigan

Published: 22 April 2015

Last update:23 April 2015