Dr Allegra Cattani
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Dr Allegra Cattani

Baby Lab Research and Teaching Fellow

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)

Role

Baby Lab Manager
Developmental Psychology
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

Qualifications

2007 PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Plymouth, UK.
1999 Ph.D. Psychology, University of Genoa, Italy.
1992 Laurea (cum laude) Psychology, University “La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy.

Professional membership

Since 1993  Member of the Italian Psychological Association 
2007 PG Cert and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching interests

  • Language development in typical and atypical populations
  • Psychosocial development and people with learning disabilities
  • Psychology for health studies
  • Evidence based practice and critical awareness

     

    Research interests

     Developmental neuropsychology

    • Lexical and gestural development and assessment in monolingual and bilingual children
    • Language and memory development in children and adults in particular conditions (Deaf/hard of hearing, blindness, bilingual children, Down syndrome, and Williams syndrome)
    • Visuo-spatial skills and its influence in brain development of deaf and signing adults
    • Autobiographical memory in children and adults
    Should you are interested in doing a Ph.D. studentship on the following topics above, please contact me.

    Grants & contracts

    2013-2016 ESRC, Lexicon development in bilingual toddler, ca. £860.00. Co-I (with C. Floccia, J. Goslin, L. White, K. Plunkett). 

    2013 - 2015 FP7 Marie Curie Research Fellowship, ORATOR, for Beata Joanna Grzyb £301,559. Co-I  (with A. Cangelosi and C. Floccia).

    2013  EuCogIII Bilingual brains, bilingual minds. Summer School Event EuCog €10,000.  (with C. Floccia and L. White).

    2013-2014 IHC pump priming bursary Investigating the validity and reliability of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board for assessment of standing balance in children and teenagers, Co-I with L. Bunn, D. Cowie, D. Bradie and J. Marsden, £1555.

    2012 –2013 Vice-Chancellor Community Research Award, Increasing the communicative opportunities and skills of students with multiple physical and sensory disabilities. £9,296. Principal investigator with Co-I T. Gribble and R. Firth (Dame Hannah Rogers Trust).

    2012 – 2014 British Academy/Leverhulme, WING Words in Game test. £9,990. Principal investigator with Co-PI C. Floccia and A. Krott.

    2011 - 2014 TEMPUS European project LMPSM No 516721-Tempus-1-2011-1-RO-TEMPUS-JPCR, ‘Lifelong learning’ project. Degree and Master Courses in Social Work and Social Psychology in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia, €11,068 (with Penelope Welbourne).

    2011 – 2012 IHC Pump priming bursary, Early English receptive and expressive vocabulary assessment: Building a British English PinG. £1,000. Principal and sole investigator.

    2008-2009 TQEF-Research Informed Teaching Initiative, Embedding research skills training into undergraduate mental health programmes, £10,303 (with Fraser Reid and Paul Farrand).

    2006-2008 CEPPL grant Innovation Fund Scheme, Survey of teaching staff and disabled student's experience, £5,000 (with Deirdre Ford).

    2003-2005 ESRC, Object processing in the two hemispheres in hearing and deaf adults, £46,056. Principal investigator 100% FTE and Research Fellow with Co-PI J. Clibbens and R. Campbell.

    2001-2003 European Marie Curie Fellowship, Hemispheric specialisation of Deaf and Hearing adults in visual memory, €114,272, ca £72,000. Principal investigator 100% FTE and Research Fellow (supervisor J. Clibbens).

    Research groups

    • Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (CBCB)
    • Brain
    • Parenting and Child Welfare

    Key publications are highlighted

    Journals
    Articles
    Grzyb BJ, Cangelosi A, Cattani A & Floccia C 2017 'Decreased attention to object size information in scale errors performers' Infant Behavior and Development 47, 72-82 , DOI PEARL
    Azize PM, Endacott R, Cattani A & Humphreys A 2014 'Cultural responses to pain in UK children of primary school age: a mixed-methods study' Nurs Health Sci 16, (2) 186-192 Author Site , DOI
    Cattani A, Abbot-Smith K, Farag R, Krott A, Arreckx F, Dennis I & Floccia C 2014 'How much exposure to English is necessary for a bilingual toddler to perform like a monolingual peer in language tests?' International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders 49, (6) 649-671 , DOI PEARL
    Durrant S, Delle Luche C, Cattani A & Floccia C 2014 'Monodialectal and multidialectal infants’ representation of familiar words' Journal of Child Language 42, 447-465 , DOI PEARL
    Azize PM, Humphreys A & Cattani A 2011 'The impact of language on the expression and assessment of pain in children' Intensive Crit Care Nurs 27, (5) 235-243 Author Site , DOI
    Cattani A, Bonifacio S, Fertz M, Iverson JM, Zocconi E & Caselli MC 2010 'Communicative and linguistic development in preterm children: a longitudinal study from 12 to 24 months' Int J Lang Commun Disord 45, (2) 162-173 Author Site , DOI PEARL
    Cattani A, Bonifacio S, Fertz M, Iverson JM, Zocconi E & Caselli CM 2009 'Communicative and linguistic development in preterm children: a longitudinal study from 12 to 24 months' Int J Lang Commun Disord 1-17 Author Site , DOI
    Cattani A, Clibbens J & Perfect TJ 2007 '"Visual Memory for Shapes in Deaf Signers and Nonsigners and in Hearing Signers and Nonsigners: Atypical Lateralization and Enhancement": Correction' Neuropsychology 21, (3) 399-399 , DOI
    Cattani A, Clibbens J & Perfect TJ 2007 'Visual memory for shapes in deaf signers and nonsigners and in hearing signers and nonsigners: atypical lateralization and enhancement' Neuropsychology 21, (1) 114-121 Author Site , DOI
    Cattani DD, Mainardi F, Pallotti G, Falcieri E & Cattani A 2006 'Bone pain, electromagnetic waves, and piezoelectricity' International Journal of Artificial Organs 29, (5) 548-548
    Cattani A & Clibbens J 2005 'Atypical lateralization of memory for location: effects of deafness and sign language use' Brain Cogn 58, (2) 226-239 Author Site , DOI
    Evans JSBT, Clibbens J, Cattani A, Harris A & Dennis I 2003 'Explicit and implicit processes in multicue judgment' Mem Cognit 31, (4) 608-618 Author Site
    Capirci O, Cattani A, Rossini P & Volterra V 1998 'Teaching sign language to hearing children as a possible factor in cognitive enhancement' J Deaf Stud Deaf Educ 3, (2) 135-142 Author Site
    Rapid communications
    Cattani A & Clibbens J 2012 'Categorical and coordinate spatial relations of object processing in deaf signing adults' COGNITIVE PROCESSING 13, S39-S39 Author Site
    Chapters
    Mazzoni G & Cattani A 2009 'Lo sviluppo della memoria autobiografica come processo ricostruttivo' in Casonato M; Pfafflin F Pedoparafilie: prospettive psicologiche, forensi, psichiatriche
    Cattani A 2008 'Preferenze emisferiche della memoria visuo-spaziale di cerchi, forme e oggetti: esistono preferenze emisferiche atipiche nei sordi?' in Bagnara C; Corazza S; Fontana S; Zuccalà A I segni parlano. Prospettive di ricerca sulla Lingua dei Segni Italiana Milano Franco Angeli 171-182
    Clibbens J & Cattani A 2003 'Percezione visiva e specializzazione emisferica in adulti sordi e udenti (Visual Perception and Hemispheric Specialization in Deaf and Hearing Adults)' in Usai MC; Zanobini M Psicologia del ciclo di vita Milano: Franco Angeli 393-403
    Conference Papers
    Conti D, Cattani A, Di Nuovo S, Di Nuovo A & IEEE 2015 'A Cross-Cultural Study of Acceptance and Use of Robotics by Future Psychology Practitioners' //0 //0 555-560
    Almubark B, Floccia C, Cattani A & Slade A 2015 'Assessment of Cognitive Function in Arabic Speaking Population with Stroke: A pilot study' //0 //0 262-262
    Grzyb BJ, Cattani A, Cangelosi A & Floccia A 2014 'Children in a wonderland: How language and scale errors may be linked' 2014 Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) Genoa, Italy 13/10/2014 16/10/2014 IEEE 269-274 , DOI
    Grzyb BJ, Cattani A, Cangelosi A, Floccia C, Yoshida H, Burling J, Borghi AM, Jayaraman S, Smith LB & Pereira AF 2014 'Special session: Dynamic interactions between visual experiences, actions and word learning' //0 //0 6-7 , DOI
    Cattani A & Clibbens J 2012 'Categorical and coordinate spatial relations of object processing in deaf signing adults' 5th International Conference on Spatial Cognition University 'La Sapienza'of Rome, Rome, Italy 04/09/2012 08/09/2012
    Cattani A, Abbot-Smith K, Krott A, Farag R & Floccia C 2012 'How much exposure to English is necessary for a bilingual toddler to perform like a monolingual peer in vocabulary assessment?' 4th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference King's College London 10/07/2012 12/07/2012
    Cattani A, Abbot-Smith K, Arreckx F, Floccia C & Krott A 2011 'Early assessment of English for bilingual children with different percentages of exposure' Child Language Seminar University of Newcastle, Newcastle 13/06/2011 14/06/2011
    Agapi P, Bolcioni D, Cattani A, Cattani D, Fabbri F, Ortolani F & Pallotti G 2010 'DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROBLEMS OF TOLERANCE OF METALLIC PROSTHESIS IN HUMAN BODY' //0 //0 457-457
    Pallotti G, Cattani A, Cattani D & Ortolani F 2008 'ELECTROMAGNETIC EFFECTS DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF A METALLIC PROSTHESIS IN HUMAN BODY' //0 //0 612-612
    Clibbens J & Cattani A 2006 'Visuo-spatial memory in hearing and deaf signers and non-signers' poster Conference for Educators of the Deaf: Frank Barnes School, London //0 //0
    Cattani A 2003 'Effects of auditory deprivation and sign language use on visual location and working memory tasks: Evidence for atypical hemispheric lateralisation?' XX BPS Annual Cognitive Section Conference. Reading, UK. //0 //0
    Cattani A 0 'Hemispheric preference in spatial and visual memory for circles, shapes and objects in deaf and hearing signers and nonsigners' Presented at British Psychological Society, Developmental Psychology Section, Annual Conference: University of Plymouth 29/08/2007 31/08/2007
    Cattani A 0 'Memoria visuo-spaziale in sordi e udenti segnanti e nonsegnanti' poster 3 Convegno Nazionale sulla lingua dei segni. Verona, Italy 09/03/2007 11/03/2007
    Cattani A 0 'Preferenze emisferiche della memoria visuo-spaziale di cerchi, forme e oggetti: esistono preferenze emisferiche atipiche nei sordi?' Presented at 3 Convegno Nazionale sulla lingua dei segni. Verona, Italy 09/03/2007 11/03/2007
    Cattani DD, Pallotti G & Cattani A 0 'Elettrosensitività in una paziente con protesi di titanio e dolori cronici dovuti alle oscillazioni delle ossa causate dalle onde elettromagnetiche emesse dai sistemi di radiocomunicazione mobile' L’esperienza del dolore. III Congresso Nazionale di Clinica Psicologica,Bologna, Italy 03/11/2006 04/11/2006
    Clibbens J & Cattani A 0 'Short-term memory for position and hemisphere advantage in hearing and deaf signers and non-signers' Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research TISLR 8, Barcelona, Spain, 30/09/2004 02/10/2004
    Cattani DD, Falcieri E, Fratamico G, Pallotti G & Cattani A 0 'Can piezoelectricity be involved in bone pain caused by electromagnetic waves?' Rom CD; pdf OHWIIC-RFOBOF20CAN20PIEZOELECTRICITYC Proceedings of the XIVth ICMMB International Conference on Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, Bologna, Italy 16/09/2004 18/09/2004

    Other academic activities

    Peer referee for:
    ESRC, MRC, Brain and Cognition, Sage Publication.