I collaborate 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.
I also have an established collaboration with art therapist Victoria Gray Armstrong of Barnardo’s family service, Angus. The project investigates the efficacy of art therapy in promoting parent-infant attachment. This project received start up funding from a Kerr-Fry scholarship project bequeathed to Ms Armstrong, on which I was a co-investigator (Kerr-Fry Bequest, £16, 797, “Create together: A project investigating the efficacy of art therapy in building parent infant attachment). The pilot data, linking art therapy to positive forms of social interaction, was presented at the Annual BPS Conference 2017 by student Egle Dalinkeviciute. Egle analysed and presented the data as part requirement of a competitively awarded British Psychological Society research assistantship.
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.