Bio: I am a Research Fellow in Early Childhood Studies at Birmingham City University where I have a varied role in the Health, Education and Life Sciences Faculty. I am also a 2015 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow. My current role involves seeking funding for new research initiatives in early childhood and family work and supporting other researchers with mentoring and supervision. I am involved in developing new faculty Ethics Procedures,as well as teaching across the Faculty. I am currently leading a project called “Communicative musicality: sounds, rhythms and pulses in music and language” that aims to explore the reported associations between communication and music. I am currently supervising PhD and masters research related to Dyslexia provision in primary schools, special needs in mainstream primary schools and the use of touch screen technology by young children. I teach and am Module Leader on the Children in Integrated Professional Care degree and talk to students on Education, Midwifery, Mental Health, Speech and Language Therapy and Psychology degree courses about FASD. In addition I am involved in developing new courses within the School of Education. I am also an external examiner for a Professional Master degree at Bath Spa University and Wolverhampton University, a reviewing editor for Infants and Young Children and a reviewer for the International Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research. I am a Board Member of EURYLAID. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research and the ways in which researchers from diverse disciplines can seek a shared understanding of child and family work so that a richer, more diverse research culture can be envisioned. I believe that when professionals work together and communicate well with each other children and families benefit. In addition to a PhD I also hold a Diploma in Pre-school practice,a PG Cert in Learning and Teaching (HE) with a Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority, a PG Cert in Research Practice and a PG Cert in Special and Inclusive Education.