Meet our team

Dr Emily Mather

Dr Emily Mather joined the University of Hull as a lecturer in 2012. Emily previously completed her PhD in infant development at the University of Reading, and has held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on early language development and how children categorise objects. Emily is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society and currently sits on the British Psychological Society Developmental Section committee.






Dr Richard O'Connor

Dr Richard O’Connor joined the University of Hull in 2016. He has spent the last five years studying the development of infants and toddlers, having completed his PhD in cognitive development at the University of Cambridge, and worked in the Baby Lab at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Richard’s research focuses on how babies and toddlers understand that even though they cannot see an object, it still continues to exist (‘object permanence’). He is also more generally interested in the development of social understanding and language across the first two years of life.


Former members


Katie Bulmer

Katie Bulmer joined the University of Hull in 2014 and has recently graduated with a 1st class degree in Psychology. She is interested in how children learn the meaning of new words and the development of these language learning abilities. Katie also has an interest in children's education and the teaching methods used to accommodate for the varying needs of young people. She hopes to continue working with children throughout her psychology career, either in research or education.