I have an established collaboration with art therapist Victoria Gray Armstrong of Barnardo’s family service, Angus. We are interested in developing an interdisciplinary approach to explore the social impact of early years art, and you can find our more here at our ‘Art at the Start’ webpage. As part of this collaboration, we are advertising a fully funded Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Studentship, here. This exciting project will embed a PhD student within Dundee Contemporary Arts, in order to study the impact that art participation has upon the social well-being of young children and how shared art experiences may help to build strong attachment relationships.
I have also collaborated with colleague Dr. Alissa Melinger on a project investigating the cognitive implications of speaking two dialects, the project received start up funding from a Nuffleld Social Sciences grant in 2011 (Nuffield Social Sciences Small Grant, £14,045, “Growing up Scottish: The cognitive implications of speaking two regional dialects of English”). Supported by a systematic review of previous developmental literature, this paper challenges the claim that childhood bilingualism comes with a robust inhibition advantage. For further detail see Ross, J. & Melinger, A. (2016).Bilingual advantage, bidialectal advantage or neither?: Comparing performance across three tests of executive function in middle childhood. Developmental Science.
From 2013 to 2016 I was an external project partner on CogNovo, a £4 million European Commission Marie Curie doctoral training network grant based at the University of Plymouth. In addition to providing cohort training on the early measurement of executive function, I contributed to a multidisciplinary project exploring the role of individual differences in switching rates in multistable perception.
In addition to these specific projects, I am delighted to be part of Transforming Childhoods, an interdisciplinary research network within the University of Dundee which aims to explore children’s lives in context and build links between young people and society.