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Dr Liory Fern-Pollak
25 Woburn Square
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  • Associate Professor (Teaching)
  • IOE - Psychology & Human Development
  • UCL Institute of Education
I am a Cognitive Neuroscientist, Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of Advance HE. I joined UCL Institute of Education in October 2016 as a Teaching Fellow, and am now an Associate Professor (Teaching) and the Academic Head of Learning and Teaching (AHLT) for postgraduate taught programmes (PGT) in the department.

I did my BSc in Biology at UCL, followed by an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Imperial College. 

My PhD, supervised by Prof. Taeko Wydell at Brunel University, looked at the differences in patterns of brain activation, related to reading in languages of contrasting levels of orthographic depth, using fMRI. 

As a postdoc, I continued to use fMRI, in order to examine the differences between dyslexic adults with phonological awareness deficit, compared to those with a reduced visual attention span (VAS).

In parallel, I taught biological psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology and quantitative research methods and statistics, as an hourly-paid lecturer at Brunel University, Birkbeck, Kingston University, Roehampton, Regents University and UCL IOE. 


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Research Summary
My research focuses on reading and reading difficulties in different languages. I am also interested in understanding the relationship between the languages we speak and our cognitive functions.
Teaching Summary
After being an hourly-paid lecturer for many years, I got my first full-time teaching position at University of West London, where I was Lecturer in Psychology, teaching primarily biological and cognitive psychology. While at UWL, I developed new option modules: Language and Mind, and Good Science / Bad Science. 

I moved to UCL IOE in 2016 and became module leader for year 1 undergraduate module Psychological Research and year 2 modules Brain and Behaviour and Cognitive Psychology. I have also co-led the PGT module Methodology and Statistics and taught on several UG and PG modules such as Core topics in Psychology, Reading and Spelling Difficulties, Understanding SpLD (Dyslexia), Personality and Individual Differences, Psychology and Neuroscience in Education, Special and Inclusive Education and Issues in Educational Neuroscience. Currently, I am the module leader for year 2 UG module Brain and Behaviour, as well as the MSc Child Development module Development of Brain and Behaviour. I am also the Academic Head of Learning and Teaching (AHLT) for PGT.

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