A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Click here to view my CV and materials from my workshops and talks.

I am a scientist who is passionate about improving the way we do and value research. To this end, I have my fingers in many pies along the research pipeline!

I am a consultant Research Scientist for the Center for Open Science and a Community Manager for the Journal Editors Discussion Interface (JEDI). As well as this, I continue to work on my ongoing research projects in [predominantly] developmental psychology, and to train researchers at all career stages in open and reproducible science. I have coauthored a paper on how to get started in open science as a graduate student (you can read it or listen to my talk about it (46 mins)) and a guide on open research across disciplines (you can read it here).

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OPEN SCHOLARSHIP

My own research includes pre-registration, Registered Reports, replication studies, open data and materials, reproducible analyses in R, and Bayes Factor Analysis of null results. See my OSF page here​. I run workshops on open scholarship in person and online, and all materials from my previous workshops are openly available

As well as grassroots change led often by early career researchers, it is also important to create top-down incentives for engaging in open practices. As one contribution towards this, my work at JEDI aims to help editors be equipped with the knowledge of why and how to change policies and practices at their journals, hopefully resulting in open science being increasingly rewarded and/or required in the publishing system.

Open scholarship umbrella by Kirstie Whitaker and Olivia Guest, based on a figure by Danielle Robinson and Robin Champieux

 

MY RESEARCH

For a full list of my publications, see my CV.

INFANT COMMUNICATION UNDERSTANDING

My PhD was in infant social cognition -- specifically, whether and how infants come to understand that they're being communicated to. See my thesis for an overview, or each of the three papers I published: [1], [2], [3]. You can also watch a recording of a talk I did on my PhD work (45 mins), or read one of my blogs on this work [2], [3].

SPATIAL AND MATHS SKILLS IN CHILDREN

I did a postdoc looking at the relationship between Lego construction ability and children's spatial and mathematical skills. The project is ongoing, see our project webpage for more details. We currently have one paper accepted as a Stage 1 Registered Report, and one more in prep. You can also listen to a podcast episode where I talk about the project (17 mins).

OPEN SCIENCE AND METASCIENCE

I am involved in several research projects related to open science and metascience, all of which are still ongoing. One of these is the SCORE project (Systematising Confidence in Open Research and Evidence); you can read our white paper for an introduction to what we're working on.

 

UPDATES

What have I been up to?

FEBRUARY 2022


I gave a talk for Surrey Reproducibility Society on "How journal editors hold the power to advance open science".

I presented an idea for a grant at a Beta testing session for CRIC (Critique of Research Ideas Collective).

I gave a talk at the Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam on "What do communicative cues mean to babies".

JANUARY 2022

Nowhere Lab (see below) celebrated our first birthday!

DECEMBER 2022


I celebrated one year of working for the Journal Editors Discussion Interface and the Center for Open Science.


For more, please see my CV.

 
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NOWHERE LAB

I run weekly lab meetings for people who don't have a lab! My lab is called Nowhere Lab and anyone from any field is welcome to join who doesn't have a lab but would like the lab meeting experience.

Target audience includes but is absolutely not limited to: new faculty who have no one in their lab yet, ex-academics who now work in industry, freelance sci-commers/consultants, people who are in a toxic lab, people between jobs, & keen undergrads.

To join, just email me (see email address at top of page) or DM us on twitter.

The name "Nowhere Lab" is inspired by the Beatles song "Nowhere Man" about Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD.