Bradford, Lizzie


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Lizzie completed her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, under the supervision of Dr Ines Jentzsch and Dr Juan-Carlos Gomez. She then completed a four-year postdoctoral research position at the University of Kent, England, working with Professor Heather Ferguson. Lizzie joined the University of Dundee as a Lecturer in Psychology in January 2020, setting up the Interacting Minds Lab.


Lizzie's primary research interests are in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology. She is particularly interested in the field of social cognition, examining how social cognition abilities change and develop across the lifespan (ageing effects), the impact of deficits in social cognition amongst clinical populations (e.g., autism spectrum disorder), and how social cognition abilities may vary across different cultures. Lizzie’s research aims to further our understanding of how social cognition abilities (such as Theory of Mind, visual perspective taking, empathy) influence the quality of social interactions, the impact of difficulties with these abilities on day-to-day life for an individual, and factors that may underlie successful engagement of social cognition capacities (e.g., executive functions, such as working memory, inhibition, task switching, and planning).

For this research, Lizzie employs a variety of techniques, including eye-movements (e.g., lab-based and mobile eye-tracking), neuroscientific methods (e.g., EEG/ERPs), and behavioural measures. You can find out more about this research here


Please get in touch to discuss research supervision for undergraduate final year projects, MSc research projects, PhD projects, or postdoctoral fellowships.

Current teaching includes:

  • Developmental Psychology (Level 3 and MSc)
  • Individual Development (Level 2)
  • Typical and Atypical Social Cognition Across the Lifespan (Level 4 and MSc)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Kent

Master in Science, MSc Evolutionary and Compartive Psychology: Origins of Mind, University of St Andrews

Doctor of Social Science, PhD Cognitive Psychology, University of St Andrews


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