Dr Anna Telling
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Washington Singer 124
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
Role within department: I am a postdoctoral researcher for Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis, contributing to an interdisciplinary research project with the PsyID Lab (Psychological Identity in a Digital World). Here, research is looking to detect relevant psychological identities from naturally occurring digital communication data (e.g., forum posts, blogs, e-mails) through linguistic analysis. Examining how individuals develop new psychological identities (e.g., transitioning into parenthood) and leave identities behind and the consequences of such transitions for mental health (e.g., post-natal depression). My role will be to support Dr. Koschate-Reis in the advancing of software engineering from a social science perspective.
The project is supported by an EPSRC Innovation Fellowship - Psychological Identity in a Digital World: Detecting and Understanding Digital Traces of our Psychological Self and EPSRC Platform Grant SAUSE: Secure, Adaptive, Usable Software Engineering (ukri.org)
Interests: My previous postdocs worked with families to understand individual factors in child development (e.g., communicative contingency between mother and infant (NBRUH, Nottingham), biological and environmental differences affecting child brain injury recovery (ADAPT-Genetics)). This research will be an opportunity to explore the social link in the bio-psych-social model; and how our online communication language reflects psychological identity and identity changes, also bringing in my earlier experience from the field of speech and language (UCL) and the IT industry (IBM).
For more information see our blog: PsyID Lab
- Maternal Identity
- Social identity development
- Systems Science
- Recovery and change
- Cognitive processing
BSc (Hons) Speech Sciences, University College London, 1997-2001; MRes Cognition & Computational Neuroscience, University of Birmingham, 2003-2004; PhD, University of Birmingham, 2004-2008 (supervised by Prof Glyn Humphreys and Antje Meyer, Semantic and Phonological Context Effects in Visual Search).
IT Specialist, IBM, Portsmouth (2001-2003): Application and Patch Control on global financial trading project. Research fellow, University of Nottingham (National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing; working with Prof Deborah James, 2010-2011, MRC funded): Looking at biological methods to evidence change in maternal self efficacy/ communication contingency between hearing mother and deaf infant in a VIG intervention study. Career break whilst raising my family. Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Exeter: ADAPT Genetics UK (working with Prof Anna Adlam, 2019-2021) and PsyID lab (with Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis, 2021-).
Research group links
My first postdoc studied the relationship between maternal self-efficacy and the communicative contingency between the mother and her recently diagnosed deaf baby, and so its impact on the development of that child (communicative contingency is known to improve developmental progress). The project investigated the impact of a change in self-efficacy on this through an intervention to help improve a mother’s view of her abilities. During this project, I worked alongside Professor Deborah James, Nottingham University and Dr Lam-Cassettari, University of New South Wales.
I am interested in generalising this concept and finding out more about the impact of self-belief in a person in recovery, e.g., from brain injury, and, extending it to the support groups connected. The interactions between environment and biology, based on the bio-psych-social model, and how we might measure and change to improve circumstances she finds interesting. Her role working on the ADAPT-Genetics study, gave an opportunity to explore these themes further. Now, I am exploring how change may be reflected in online communications (e.g., identity entering motherhood).
ADAPT-Genetics UK (Jan 2019-2021)
Postdoctoral research for Professor Anna Adlam, working on the UK arm of the international ADAPT-Genetics study, in collaboration with Professor Brad Kurowski, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, USA. The study looks at genetic and environmental influences of severe paediatric brain injury, and the relationship between them. The results will be used to guide future treatments tailored to the individual (e.g., immediately following the injury, and for later rehabilitative interventions), and increase knowledge in the field of neurorecovery. Her work required putting forward the study NHS ethics review and coordinating the recruitment across ten UK children's hospitals; working with NHS medical professionals, R&D management and families previously involved in the study; gathering saliva samples for genetic analysis, and parental questionnaires.
Research Group Links: CEDAR Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology (CAN); Follow us on twitter: @CANexeter & @UK-TOPS
ADAPT-Genetics study, CEDAR Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology (CAN)