Brain and language development, Williams syndrome, interactions between genes, brain, and behaviour
Professor Debbie Mills is a member of the Language, bilingualism, and cognitive development and Social Neuroscience Research groups
College Director of Research Postgraduate Studies, College of Human Sciences
Director for Research at Tir na n'Og Child Development Centre and Nursery
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Professor Debbie Mills is a member of the Language, bilingualism, and cognitive developmentand Social Neuroscience Research groups
Prof Mills' research bridges the areas of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive development. She is particularly interested in the effects of experience on brain development including: how learning two languages shapes the organization of the brain, and the interaction between social/emotional experience and language development. In another line of work, she studies links between genes, brain, cognition, and culture. The approach taken is to study typically developing monolingual and bilingual infants, children, and adults - in addition to individuals with altered genetic, neurocognitive, and/or experiential profiles such as children and adults with Williams Syndrome or autism. She uses a combined behavioural and brain imaging (ERP/fMRI) approach to characterize trajectories of developmental change in the neural bases of language and social/emotional cognitive processes.
Professor Mills is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
She is currently Module Organiser for the MSc module Biological Bases of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and teaches on the Research Methods in Bilingualism module.
In previous years she was Module Organiser for Methods in Event-related Potentials, and undergraduate modules in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Infancy.
Professor Mills regularly supervises research students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.
Current PhD research students include: Caitlin O'Riordan
I am not currently accepting new PhD researchers. Self- or externally funded MPhil or MRes projects in the effects of bilingualism on brain and language development across the lifetime are welcome.