Karen’s research interests consist of infant developmental assessment, psychometric measurement and cognitive and intellectual function from infancy to toddlerhood.
Previously Karen worked with adults in their neurological, psychological, social and emotional adjustments to acquired brain injury. Within that population, she has researched Working Memory, Neuro-fatigue management, and Challenging Behaviour interventions. Karen also evaluated the effectiveness of Family Education workshops and Family Resilience.
Currently, Karen works on the COMBINE project as a psychologist assessing infant’s information processing ability as young as 4 months through experimental tasks. She also uses a number of standardised methods of measuring motor, cognitive and language skills in infants at 12, 18 and 24 months of age. The COMBINE project aims to investigate the impact of nutrition on physical and neurological outcomes early in life to toddlerhood. As a psychologist, Karen is interested in how nutrition impacts typical cognitive and intellectual function at a very young age and the individual differences that relate to these developmental changes.