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Rosie O'Connor

Research Assistant

Research Assistant

I am a research assistant in the Attention, Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) research group. My main research focus is understanding and optimising the mathematical learning environment at preschool with a view to improving outcomes for children, and particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

I currently work on the ONE (Orchestrating Numeracy and the Executive) Programme, funded by Nuffield Health. This is an integrated mathematics and executive function programme aimed at early years educators. We worked collaboratively with early years practitioners to design a programme that is fun and easy to implement whilst also developing maths and executive skills in young children. 

In the past, I was a member of Edinburgh Laboratory for Language Development, working on projects related to language development in infants and young children. I also worked on a project with the University of St Andrews assessing executive functions in children at nursery school. Outside of research, I previously worked as an English language teacher and a one-on-one support assistant with children with autism.