Thanks to an ‘Early postdoc’ grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, I began a nine month stay as a visiting postdoc with Agneta Fischer (University of Amsterdam) in March 2018 and will work with Brian Parkinson (University of Oxford) for nine months from December 2018. I am also the Scientific Co-organizer of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences’s summer school in 2018 on The Development of Emotions, working out of David Sander’s lab. I am also due to begin work in September in Andrea Samson’s new lab in the Institute of Special Education in the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
I obtained my doctorate (summa cum laude) from the University of Neuchâtel in June, 2017. Entitled Learning from Others: Emotion appreciation and the informative case of interest, the doctorate was supervised by Professor Fabrice Clément. The jury was composed of Professor Joseph Campos (with whom I spent a year at UC Berkeley), Professor Antony Manstead (University of Cardiff) and Professor David Sander (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva).
Previously, I obtained a Masters degree in Social and Economic History from the University of Edinburgh in 1997. I subsequently moved to Germany to work as an educator with people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. I then accepted a post for several years at a psychiatric institute in Switzerland, initially as an educator and then as a psychologist. In 2004, I obtained a Graduate diploma in Psychology from the University of Sunderland.
While working as the coordinator of a special education programme to help the reintegration of children with severe behavioral difficulties into the school system in Geneva (Switzerland), I obtained a Masters degree in Psychology from the Open University. I subsequently worked as coordinator of the validation project of ‘vis-A-vis’, a cognitive remediation programme set up by Dr Bronwyn Glaser and Prof Stephan Eliez that principally treats affective processing and emotion recognition in children and adolescents with autism and autism-like symptoms and or an intellectual disability.