Dr Amanda Waterman
- Position: Associate Professor
- Areas of expertise: Developmental psychology; cognitive development; working memory; cognitive health; fine motor control and handwriting; applying cognitive psychology to the educational context
- Email: A.H.Waterman@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 5731
- Location: Room 1.23 Psychology Building
- Website: Researchgate
Having obtained my BSc and PhD at the University of Sheffield, I joined the University of Leeds in 2007 and am currently an Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology.
I sit on the Steering Committee for the Centre for Applied Education Research (CAER), and Chair the Committee for the Action Project on Cognitive Health within CAER. I also sit on the Steering Committee for the Born in Bradford study, a longitidinal cohort study following the lives of over 13,500 children and their families.
- Director Postgraduate Research Studies
My research is on children’s memory, metamemory, and learning, and the interaction between memory and motor development. I have a particular interest in linking my reserach to applied contexts such as the education sector, and to broader outcomes relating to health and wellbeing.
Current projects include:
- Following instructions in working memory: investigating how type of encoding and retrieval (e.g., verbal vs. action) affects accuracy in reproducing instructions.
- Directing attention in working memory: understanding how, and when, adults and children prioritise information in working memory.
- Supporting children with poor working memory in the classoom.
- Exploring links between health and wellbeing, sensorimotor and cognitive development, and educational attainment.
- Copy number variance and cognitive phenotype: how different types of genetic variance impact on children's cognitive & motoric skills.
- Visual Motor Memory: exploring children's performance on a task that requires both visual memory and fine motor skills (using sophisticated kinematic data collected on tablet laptops), and investigating the relationship between visual-motor memory and children’s reading and handwriting skills.
- Metamemory: in particular, children's ability to identify and communicate a lack of knowledge. When children are asked a question, are they aware when they do not have the relevant information in memory, and can they respond appropriately.
Current PhD students include:
- Amy Atkinson (ESRC). Directing attention in working memory.
- Joyti Panesar (Departmental Scholarship/BIHR). Copy number variance and cognitive/motoric phenotype.
- Kate Mooney (ESRC). How health & social inequalities affect children's cognitive development
- Megan Wood (ESRC). Relationshipts between sensorimotor and cognitive development, and health and wellbeing, within the Born in Bradford longitudinal cohort study.
Selected recent grants:
- Mon-Williams, M, Waterman, A. H., Hill, L., Clarke, P., & Sugden, D. (2018 - 2020). Helping Handwriting Shine. Education Endowment Foundation. £167,500.
- Wright, J., Pickett, K., Small, N., Mon-Williams, M., Chambers, B., Waterman, A. H., Parslow, R., Bloor, K., Croudace, T., McEachan, R. (2014 - 2019). Healthy Children, Healthy Families. NIHR CLAHRC. £10M.
- Hardie & Greenwood (Waterman: External Advisor). Iodine status and associated health outcomes in British women during pregnancy. Dept of Health. 2016-2019. £1.4M.
- PhD Psychology
- BSc Psychology
- BSc Chemistry
- Psychonomic Society
- Experimental Psychology Society
I teach across all three years of the Undergraduate programme, as well as on the Masters programme. I act as a Personal Tutor, and supervise final year dissertation projects.