Dr Meesha Warmington, BSc, MSc, PhD, SFHEA

Dr Meesha Warmington

Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
S10 2TS
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2451

email : m.warmington@sheffield.ac.uk


I am a Psychologist and a Lecturer in the Department of Human Communication Sciences. My research examines executive control (i.e., attention, working memory and cognitive flexibility), language and literacy development in bilingual children and adults. I have recently investigated cognitive-linguistic processing in Hindi/Urdu speaking children living in the UK and India (please go to the following link Bilingual Project for more information). My research also focuses on the cognitive and neurological mechanisms underlying language learning in typical (children and adults) and atypical development (e.g., dyslexia).  Specifically, I am interested in lexical consolidation and the role of sleep in mediating these processes.  I am also interested in dyslexia assessment.  With Professor Maggie Snowling and Dr Sue Stothard, I developed the York Adult Assessment Battery-Revised (YAA-R) to assess dyslexia in higher education.

Having obtained a BSc in Psychology (with a minor in Sociology) at the University of the West Indies, I came to the UK and obtained an MSc (with distinction) in Psychology at the University of Essex. Under the supervision of Professor Charles Hulme I obtained my PhD in Psychology at the University of York. My PhD focused on the application of psycholinguistic paradigms to examine word learning in typical and atypical development. Specifically, my thesis examined the time course of lexical learning and the role of phonological neighbourhood density in word learning in adults with and without dyslexia. Additionally, I examined word learning as a predictor of reading skills in children aged 8-10 years.

From 2009-2015 I worked as Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of York during which time I received the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award (2013) and the Rewarding Excellence Award for sustained outstanding contribution (2013). I joined the Department of Human Communication Sciences in December 2015.

Research Interests

  • Cognitive-linguistic processing in monolingual and bilingual children and adults
  • Cognitive and neurological mechanisms underlying language learning
  • Errorless learning and performance feedback learning
  • Dyslexia

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Manuscript reviewer for several national and international journals

Administrative and Teaching Activities

  • BSc Course Director
  • Erasmus and Study Abroad Tutor
  • Research Methods 2
  • Research Method 3
  • Practical Project in Human Communication Sciences
  • Literacy: Development and Disorders

Current PhD Students

Research Grants

  • The Leverhulme Trust (2013-2015): Executive control, working memory and literacy skills in bilingual children. Principal Investigator: Dr Meesha Warmington; Co-investigators: Professor Graham Hitch (University of York) and Dr Selma Babayigit (University of the West of England). (£217,890)
  • The Waterloo Foundation (2014-2015): Dyslexia, Sleep and Co-Occurrence.  Principal Investigator: Dr Lisa Henderson (University of York); Co-investigator: Dr Meesha Warmington, Professor Gareth Gaskell (University of York) and Dr Anna Weighall (University of Leeds). (£49,822).

External Collaborators

  • Dr Selma Babayigit (University of the West of England, UK)
  • Dr Lisa Henderson (University of York, UK)
  • Professor Graham Hitch (University of York, UK)
  • Dr Ramesh Mishra (University of Hyderabad, India)
  • Dr Danijela Trenkic (University of York, UK)
  • Dr Anna Weighall (University of Leeds, UK)

Selected Publications

  • Warmington, M. A., Kandru-Pothineni, S., & Hitch, G. J. (2018). Novel-word learning, Executive Control and Working Memory: A Bilingual Advantage. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-20.
  • Trenkic, D., & Warmington, M. (2018). Language and Literacy Skills of Home and International University Students: How Different are They, and Does it Matter? Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 1-17.
  • Smith, F. R., Gaskell, M. G., Weighall, A. R., Warmington, M., Reid, A. M., & Henderson, L. M. (2017). Consolidation of Vocabulary is Associated with Sleep in Typically Developing Children, but not in Children with Dyslexia. Developmental Science, e12639
  • Henderson, L. M., & Warmington, M. (2017). A Sequence Learning Impairment in Dyslexia? It Depends on the Task. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 60, 198-210.
  • Warmington, M., & Hitch, G. J. (2014). Enhancing the Learning of New Words using an Errorless Learning Procedure: Evidence from Typical Adults. Memory, 22(5), 582-594.
  • Warmington, M., Hitch, G. J., & Gathercole, S. E. (2013). Improving Word learning in Children using an Errorless Technique. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 114, 456-465.
  • Warmington, M., Stothard, S. E., & Snowling, M. J. (2013). Assessing Dyslexia in Higher Education: The York Adult Assessment Battery-Revised. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 13, 48-56. DOI:10.1111/j.1471-3802.2012.01264.x
  • Warmington, M. & Hulme, C. (2012). Phoneme Awareness, Visual-Verbal Paired-Associate Learning, and Rapid Automatized Naming as Predictors of Individual Differences in Reading Ability. Scientific Studies of Reading, 16, 45-62. DOI:10.1080/10888438.2010.534832.

Ongoing Systematic Reviews

  • Warmington, M., Ciesielska, M., & Thomson, J. A Systematic Review of First Language Influence on Second Language Lexical Learning in Bilinguals. PROSPERO 2018 CRD42018105331
  • Kirk, E., Warmington, M., Furman, R., Glanville, J., & Egglestone, A. A systematic review of the relationship between pointing and language development in monolingual and bilingual infants. PROSPERO 2016:CRD42016047246

Public Engagement Activities

  • Documentary pitch at the How to Pitch Your Academic Ideal Panel, Sheffield Doc Fest, June 12, 2017.
  • The Bilingual Brain: Does it Boost Brain Power? Talk given at the Pint of Science: Beautiful Mind night "Boost your Brain: be busy, be bilingual and be benevolent" held at the University of Sheffield, May 17, 2017.