I have a background in cultural studies and linguistics. I received a BA(Hons) in Visual Culture from Falmouth University, UK. I then moved back to the Netherlands and received a BA in English Language and Culture, and an MPhil (research master) in Language and Communication, both from Radboud University. During the years of my MPhil degree I was a student assistant for Prof. Dr. Aoju Chen at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI), assisting her with experiments on (the acquisition of) intonation. During my MPhil degree, I also completed an internship on gesture production with Prof. Dr. Marianne Gullberg, at the MPI. It was during my time at the MPI that my interest in psycholinguistic research really grew.
I started my PhD in psycholinguistics at Tilburg University with Prof. Dr. Emiel Krahmer and Prof. Dr. Marc Swerts in 2008. My thesis was part of the NWO Vici project ‘Bridging the gap between psycholinguistics and computational linguistics: the case of referring expressions’. The main focus of my PhD thesis was on gesture production in repeated referring expressions, in various contexts. After my PhD contract ended I was an assistant professor at the department of Communication and Information Sciences at Tilburg University for 3 years, before defending my PhD thesis on October 7, 2015 and taking up my current position as an assistant professor at the department of Language and Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen.
My PhD thesis, titled ‘Talking Hands. Reference in speech, gesture, and sign’ was awarded the Tilburg University Dissertation Prize 2016.
You can download my most recent CV (March 2023) here