Olivia Afonso

I graduated in Psychology (2005) and completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience (2013) in the University of La Laguna (Spain). During my PhD I visited Le Laboratoire de Psychologie et NeuroCognition (LPNC) in the Université Grenoble-Alpes (France), funded by the Spanish Government. After completing my PhD, I spent a year in the University of Oviedo (Spain) investigating the spelling deficits exhibited by adults and children with dyslexia and by individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. In 2015 I joined the Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition et l’Apprentissage (CeRCA) in the Université de Poitiers (France) as postdoctoral researcher. That year I obtained a postgraduate diploma in Neuroimaging Techniques by the Universidad de Málaga (Spain). Since 2016, I am an Early Career Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development at Oxford Brookes University.

My research interests concern the cognitive processes involved in spelling and writing in typical and atypical development. This includes investigating the nature of the processes underlying writing skills, how we learn to spell in a first and in a second language and the writing difficulties experienced by children and adults with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia. I joined SRUK/CERU in November 2017 and became part of the Working Group of the Oxford Constituency in December 2018.